Through a campaign called Educate to Innovate — which is recruiting Sesame Street characters, video game programmers, and scientists — the Obama administration hopes to improve science and math education for children, the New York Times reports. As part of the program, Discovery's Science Channel will have two hours of commercial-free programming for middle school students during the afternoon; the MacArthur Foundation and other organizations will award prizes for video games that teach science and math; and the White House has recruited Sally Ride, the former astronaut, Craig Barrett, the former Intel chairman, and Ursula Burns, the chief executive of Xerox, to make the case for funding science and math education to corporations and philanthropies. "The need is funding," Ride says. "There is a lot of corporate interest and foundation interest in this issue." There will also be a National Lab Day held during the first week of May.
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