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  • "Gen-I" Ambassadors Celebrated at White House Tribal Nations Conference and in MTV Rebel Music Film

    Launching Generation Indigenous (“Gen-I”), 37 high-school aged “Gen-I” Native Youth Ambassadors attend the White House to engage with the President, Vice President, and Cabinet Officials representing the White House Council on Native American Affairs on key issues facing tribes. "Gen-I" is a new initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed using a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach.


  • Citizen Science Contributes to Advances in Scientific Understanding

    Every day, citizen scientists help advance scientific discovery and understanding. Two recent success stories demonstrate the enormous value of citizen science contributions.


  • Success in Commercial Space Continues

    On Saturday, NASA kicked off the New Year in a spectacular way with the launch of SpaceX's latest cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). On Monday, the Dragon capsule arrived at the orbiting laboratory with more than two tons of supplies and science investigations for the crew in orbit. The success of this misson highlights how our investment in commercial space is bringing tangible benefits to the American people and enabling NASA to focus on future missions to deep space – to asteroids and Mars.


  • A New Resource for Bringing Making into Education

    The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) was formed in 2012 in response to President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to help foster student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through interactive programming. OSTP's Tom Kalil recently sat down with Trey Lathe, the Executive Director of Maker Ed, to hear more about the recent launch of this new project and how it is helping to broaden participation and engagement in STEM, a focus of last year’s White House Science Fair.


  • Protecting Consumer Privacy while Building a Smarter Grid

    As the nation’s electric infrastructure is modernized, it is critically important to ensure that the collection of data is performed in a manner that yields the greatest benefits for consumers, while continuing to rigorously protect their privacy. The new Voluntary Code of Conduct for utilities and third parties will help protect consumer energy data.


  • 9 Ways We Geeked Out About Science and Technology in 2014

    In 2014, we welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we adorned our halls with robots, 3D printers, and science projects. We've continued to gather top expert-geeks online to discuss a range of topics such as asteroids, superhero science, the science of cooking, and extreme weather.


  • STEM for Students on the Silver Screen

    On Wednesday evening, the White House welcomed dozens of eager middle-school, high-school and college students to a special Computer Science Heroes Film Festival that recognized outstanding women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The film festival was part of this week’s White House celebration of Computer Science Education Week.


  • Talk With Me Baby! Increasing Early Learning Opportunities for Every Child in Georgia

    This week, President Obama hosted the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. OSTP's Maya Shankar recently sat down with Arianne Weldon, Director of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign and member of the team guiding the Georgia’s Talk With Me Baby initiative, an effort to “bridge the word gap” that develops between poor children and their more affluent peers during the first years of life. Arianne told Maya a little bit about her team’s work, new developments, and future plans.


  • Announcement of Opportunity to Provide Input into the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

    Expanding U.S. efforts to promote responsible business conduct is intended to cement the brand of U.S. businesses as reliable and accountable partners internationally and promote respect for human rights.


  • Earth Observations Benefit Nations

    Last week, the Eleventh Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) convened representatives from around the world. The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a collaborative, multi-national organization created to help connect Earth assessment tools around the world. As one of four permanent members of GEO's Executive Committee, the United States works through the domestic U.S. Group on Earth Observations to support investment and innovation in Earth observations.


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