Awards recognize top STEM students

Wednesday - 3/14/2012, 9:15am EDT

Carlos Contreras, director for U.S. education, Intel

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The Education Department has made science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, a priority. Raising students with good STEM skills is key to the future economic vitality of the United States. Tuesday night in Washington, 40 of the smartest, STEM-oriented American kids in in the whole country were honored.

Carlos Contreras, Intel's director for U.S. education, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin that the honorees were selected out of thousands of applicants.