Obama to highlight tech aid at science fair

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Updated: 5/26/2014 9:59 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is putting a new emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education as he hosts the annual White House Science Fair.

Obama on Tuesday is announcing new assistance to train teachers, expanded education for low-income students and a mentoring program in seven cities across the country.

Obama also is emphasizing science and technology accomplishments by girls and women.

Among the displays Tuesday at the White House will be a "concussion cushion" designed by a 19-year-old California student who aspires to be the first female collegiate head football coach. There also is a system designed by three Oklahoma second-graders that sounds an alarm when a car becomes too hot for people or animals, and a rescue robot designed by two Massachusetts teenage girls.

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