Why Science Majors Change Their Mind (It's Just So Darn Hard)

11/04/2011 08:42 am ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012
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LAST FALL, President Obama threw what was billed as the first White House Science Fair, a photo op in the gilt-mirrored State Dining Room. He tested a steering wheel designed by middle schoolers to detect distracted driving and peeked inside a robot that plays soccer. It was meant as an inspirational moment: children, science is fun; work harder.

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