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On Tuesday, February 7th, President Obama will host the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce key steps that the Administration and its partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science, and earn degrees in these subjects.
At the fair, the President will view exhibits of student work, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country's economic future.
Travis Sylvester was chosen to represent the state of Wyoming at the Fair. In addition to numerous local and state awards, Travis has won many national and international level awards: 1st place in the Environment category of the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy & Environment) Project Olympiad, 2nd place in the Environment category of the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy & Environment) Project Olympiad, 2nd Place Environmental Management category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair , 4th place Environmental Management category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 3rd Place at the High School Youth Forum at the Society for Range Management, and China Association for Science and Technology recipient. Travis will be displaying his 2012 project, Improving Mine Reclamation through Continuing Innovation, in the Environmental Management category at the Wyoming State Science Fair.
The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, "If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too." In addition, over the past year, the President met with the three young women who won the Google Science Fair, met a student robotics team on his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, and made a surprise appearance at the New York City Science Fair.