Hey, a country can only get real about being competitive if we have lots of engineers, scientists, and people teaching in those areas.
It's a long term deal, but Obama's launched a program to that end: the Educate to Innovate campaign.
Speaking to key leaders of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) community and local students, President Obama announced a series of high-powered partnerships involving leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies dedicated to motivating and inspiring young people across America to excel in science and math.
"Reaffirming and strengthening America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century," said President Obama. "That's why I am committed to making the improvement of STEM education over the next decade a national priority."
Related to this is National Lab Day, which is like the National Internet day in the nineties, which helped wired up a lot of schools. It made a difference, which helps to this day.