First Lady Plays Game Show Host at Department of Energy

Nov 5, 2009 4:26pm

ABC News’Yunji de Nies Reports: The First Lady visited the Department of Energy as part of her wider federal agency tour throughout the city.  This visit was a little different than her dozen past visits, as today Mrs. Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu played game show host. “I’m like Alex Trebec and Secretary Chu is like my Vanna White,” the First Lady joked, as she kicked off a practice round of the Science Bowl.  The Energy Department has organized and sponsored the national student competition since 1991. Before challenging a group of middle school students on math, blood cells, and physics, Mrs. Obama had some kind works for the department’s employees.  She praised them for years of hard work and for continuing to get kids exciting about science.  Mrs. Obama said it was up to the next generation to continue the Department’s efforts and that being able to do so depends on a strong education in math and science. “We all know we can’t transform our energy future, unless we transform our education system,” she said, “Unless we ensure that every child in America gets a good education, particularly when it comes to math and science.” She continued, “That’s why we’re challenging states to raise their standards. To modernize science labs, to upgrade their curricula, and to recruit and train qualified teachers who will make these subjects more alive, more interesting, more engaging.” FLOTUS Fashion Watch: Mrs. Obama wore a black jacket with white trim and a large rhinestone bow broach, over a black shirt and black pants. — Yunji de Nies

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