Earlier this month, during Computer Science Education Week, we at the White House looked back on computer pioneer Grace Hopper’s remarkable life, and honored her with a special event display in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC.
Experts at the U.S. Department of Education are exploring how we might learn from the experiences of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other cutting-edge R&D programs in pursuit of educational breakthroughs.
A coalition of Federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and United States Geological Survey (USGS), is launching the Nutrient Sensor Challenge—an open-innovation competition to accelerate the development and deployment of affordable sensors that can measure nutrients in aquatic environments.
As part of their Safety Stand-Down activities, federal departments and agencies conducted facility sweeps; carried out comprehensive safety, security, and inventory activities; and captured best practices and plans for strengthening national biosafety and biosecurity systems in the future.
Today marked the launch of the new disasters.data.gov web portal, a new public resource that fosters collaboration and the continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower first responders, survivors, and government officials with the information needed in the wake of a disaster. The Administration is also unveiling the first in a series of Innovator Challenges that highlight pressing needs from the disaster preparedness community.
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. The Plan is a recognition that climate change is unequivocal, its primary cause is greenhouse gas pollution, and it is threatening the health of our communities, families, and economy. Learn more:
On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:
2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:
On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:
July 18, 2014 - OSTP Releases National Plan for Civil Earth Observations
May 1, 2014 - OSTP PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy
March 4, 2014 - Press Release: The FY 2015 Science and Technology R&D Budget
January 14, 2014 - Fact Sheet: White House Safety Datapalooza
January 10, 2014 - Media Advisory: White House Safety Datapalooza
December 18, 2013 - PCAST Releases Letter Report on Education Technology
November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Progress by Federal Agencies: Data to Knowledge to Action
November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: New Announcements: Data to Knowledge to Action
November 12, 2013 - Press Release: Data to Knowledge to Action Event
November 7, 2013 - Media Advisory: Data to Knowledge to Action Event
November 1, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness
September 27, 2013 - Statement by John P. Holdren on IPCC Physical Science Report
July 16, 2013 - Media Advisory: PCAST Public Meeting
April 22, 2013 - NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair
April 10, 2013 - Press Release: the FY 2014 Federal R&D Budget
April 2, 2013 - BRAIN Initiative Fact Sheet
March 22, 2013 - PCAST Releases New Climate Report