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Kids in the Lab

Some kids might be seen around US national laboratories this week as President Barack Obama has launched an effort in the same vein as the "take your child to work day" program, the Associated Press reports.

Instead of heading in to work with a parent, these kids will be visiting science labs around the country, the AP adds. This "take your child to the lab week" initiative aims to encourage young kids, especially girls and minorities, to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

According to the AP, some 50 national labs will be welcoming about 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students.

It adds that the program involves both Obama's public-private My Brother's Keeper initiative as well as the White House Council on Women and Girls.

"It's an exciting time to think about how we're pulling all the children of our country into technology and STEM and the jobs of the future," Megan Smith, chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, tells the AP.

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