Washington: President Obama will host the White House Science Fair next week to celebrate the student winners of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

At the fair, Obama will view exhibits of student work, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future, the White house has announced.

He will likely to use the occasion on February 7 to announce key steps that administration and its partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science and earn degrees in these subjects.

Obama hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science.

"If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too." the President had noted.

In addition, over the past year, Obama met with the three young women who won the Google Science Fair, met a student robotics team on his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, and made a surprise appearance at the New York City Science Fair, the White House said.

(Agencies)