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Efforts to Inspire Students Have Borne Little Fruit

Five years ago, President Obama began the Educate to Innovate initiative, a series of private-public partnerships with companies and nonprofits that was intended to get more students fascinated by science, technology, engineering and math — the so-called STEM fields.

Last month, Mr. Obama hosted his fourth science fair at the White House — four more than any other president has held.

The celebration of the best and brightest would inspire other students, the organizers hoped, spurring them to higher achievements.

But that goal has been an elusive one.