In a new variation on “take your child to work day”, the White House has announced an initiative to take your child to the lab.

Take Your Child To the LabThe Obama administration wants to encourage young people to pursue careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Over 50 national labs in 20 states will open their doors this week to 5,000 students in elementary, middle, and high schools.

The idea is to spark interest among young people in these careers through exposing them to scientists, engineers and lab employees.

Students will participate in mentoring sessions, and hands on experiments and activities

Students include those who are aligned the the president’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. This is a public-private initiative to help boys and young men of color make good choices. The White House Council on Women and Girls is also a sponsor.

“It’s an exciting time to think about how we’re pulling all the children of our country into technology and STEM and the jobs of the future,” said Megan Smith, chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

“We want the next game-changing industry or life-saving breakthrough to happen right here in the the United States,” said President Obama.

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