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I hope there is some way attendance and academic interest is tracked to measure the success of a “specific focus on girls and women” in a science fair like this. From the ASEE aggregator:
USA Today (5/20, Jackson) reports that the Administration “is hoping its annual White House Science Fair will encourage more girls to take up science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education,” noting that the May 27 event “will also feature the usual assortment of robots, machines, and other science projects.” The article quotes a White House blog post saying, “With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year’s Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.”