In the cool equation, can science equal sports in school?
President Barack Obama today tried to promote math and science as exciting pursuits for America’s youth.
At the Intel Corporation in Oregon, Obama showcased the possibilities by describing his encounters during the visit.
“It gave them a chance to talk about things like quantum ternary algorithms, and it gave me a chance to nod my head and pretend that I understood what they were talking about,” he said.
Then there was the group of seventh-grade girls working on a science project using Legos. “I used to build some pretty mean Lego towers when I was a kid,” Obama said. “I thought I could participate — only these students used their Legos … to build robots that were programmable to model brains that could repair broken bones.”
Maybe the time for scientist star power has come. After all, “The Big Bang Theory” television show about the antics of super smart, geeky, young physicists is wildly popular.