|President Barack Obama looks over the shoulder of Hannah Wyman, 11, as
she demonstrates her project in the Blue Room, Feb. 7, 2012, during
the second annual White House Science Fair celebrating student winners
of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions from
across the country. Wyman, who attends St. Anna's School in
Leominster, Mass., won the grand prize in her age group (9-12) for her
video game "Toxic," in Microsoft's first-ever U.S. Kodu
Cup. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)|
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Since Obama continues to showcase younger science & math students, let me continue my campaign to get the White House to recognize more nerds. Obama did call IMO individual runner up Evan O'Dorney
and the Obama Administration continues to host MATHCOUNTS winners at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
, but ARML powerhouse Lehigh Valley continues to be left out in the cold. Getting the 2012 ARML winners an appearance with the President would be change I could believe in.
Which reminds me of one of my more minor pet causes: that school cheerleaders should cheer for the participants in a school's intellectual competitions such as math and debate teams, as well as the football and basketball teams.
They wouldn't even have to put in equal time, since you wouldn't want them cheering *during* the matches anyway: just have them show up 15 minutes before a home match (or as the bus is getting ready to leave for a road match), cheer for five minutes, then go back to whatever they were doing.
But if a cheerleading squad can spend two or three hours on the sidelines at a basketball or football game, they can spare five minutes a week for the math team.
As my kid goes through school (he'll be in kindergarten in the fall), the local school district will be hearing my opinion about this. Repeatedly, if necessary.
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