The administration is also aiming to change the perception of the STEM subjects, hoping to put to rest the stigma that brands science and technology as uncool. In that spirit, Duncan called on the students participating in Maker Camp to spread enthusiasm for STEM subjects among their peers.
"You can help by telling your friends why STEM is cool -- the technology we use, our cell phones, the best new apps, our animated movies, and even the Mars rover all come from people who love STEM," Duncan said. "You are absolutely the inventors of the future, and we need many, many more of you."
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