President Barack Obama on Nov. 23 announced the launch of several nationwide programs to help motivate and inspire students to excel in science and math, including a grassroots effort called "National Lab Day" and a White House science fair.

Leadership tomorrow is dependent on how America's students are educated today, Obama said in morning remarks.

"The key to meeting these challenges--to improving our health and well-being, to harnessing clean energy, to protecting our security, and succeeding in the global economy--will be reaffirming and strengthening America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation," he said. "The hard truth is...

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