February 7th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Marshmallow bullets fly at WH Science Fair

President Obama took a shot from the White House today – but it wasn't aimed at Republicans.  Instead he helped 14 year old Joey Hudy from Phoenix, Arizona shoot marshmallows across the State Dining Room.   "The Secret Service isn’t happy about this,” said the President.

The Extreme Marshmallow Cannon was just one of the winning science fair exhibits set up in the East Room of the White House honoring the winners of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (For a sampling of the exhibits that the President saw, as well as more information on all the students, competitions and organizations honored, click here.)

President Obama met with members of the 30 student teams that participated in numerous science and math competitions nationwide. Among the winning projects exhibited was a portable disaster relief shelter, a helmet designed to better protect U.S. troops and a patent-pending prosthetic hand.

The President used the science fair as an opportunity to announce new monetary commitments to help better prepare STEM students and teachers.

Among the $100 million in public and private funds aimed at strengthening the nation’s STEM education, the president announced he would request $80 million for a new Department of Education competition to help support new STEM teacher preparation programs as part of his federal budget set to be released next week.

He also announced a private sector investment of $22 million to help train 100,000 new science and math teachers “to make sure we celebrate young scientists and inventors and engineers not just at the White House but in every city. (Click here for a complete list of partners and their commitments)

This is the second science fair hosted by the president. Mr. Obama said academics as well as athletes should be honored at the White House. “If we invite the team that wins the Super Bowl to the White House,” said President Obama. “Then we need to invite some science fair winners to the White House as well” he said.


Topics: President Obama • STEM • The News

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Joi Gibson

    Wow. I bet those kids were sooo excited. What memories they will have. Congratulations and job well done to all the students!!!!!

    February 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    This president get's it. Science is so important . Glad the kids had a good time.

    February 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  3. David

    Wish there was more pictures of all the projects.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  4. NOvember2012

    Boy! I bet obama was scared...closest he has ever gotten to a gun...gosh! He usually lets the seal teams take care of that...by gosh. While babies die in Syria today...the campaign continues.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  5. jerrylax

    I wonder what our enemies think when they see this? Even the Chinese and Russians...the Turks? Do yah think maybe they might believe obama is a punk?

    February 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Melo-D

      Really jerrylax, is that the best you can come up with? Pathetic...

      February 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
      • jerry R

        it's enough... apparently you got the point.

        February 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Howard

      Another democrat / obama KUMBAYA moment ... where millions in tax payer money was spent for a marshmellow gun photo op ... resulting in losers, as well as winners all geting a trophy.

      February 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  6. jerry R

    if science is important then why did obama kill the space program? To military for him I guess.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Vance

      Our space program had become a joke. The Space Shuttle was bleeding money. And what did we do in space? We flew around in orbit doing experiments we can duplicate on earth. (For the most part)

      Our Space program needs new direction and a new lift vehicle. In case you didn't know, a new lift platform is on the drawing boards and NASA is in the process of redefining the space program. Satellites are still being launched and we have several probes in action and launches on the books as well. It is our manned program that was a waste of money, and until it has true direction and purpose I am al for that money going towards needs right here on Earth.

      February 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
      • jerry R

        silly logic...from you to defend a pseudo-American president..on his way out of office.

        February 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Melo-D

      Vote for Gingrich then, you can be the first on his moon colony. Republicans love to whine about the debt, yet when the president makes a move to reduce NASA's operating budget you cry that he has "killed the space program". Republicans just love to have it both ways don't they?

      February 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
      • Joe

        If we are lucky Jerry and his kin will be the fist to board the Space Bus. Red Necks in Space

        February 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thanks for the laughJoe!

        February 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  7. whatup123

    Obama-1,000....GOP Idiots-0

    February 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  8. Warren

    In the future we'll look back at this and say "yep, that's how it all started...the day Obama shot a marshmallow bullet at Pakistan, which eventually caused world war 3, and began the downfall of modern society"

    February 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Becki

    Kudos to the President encouraging these kids. At a time when school budgets are being slashed so millionaires can keep their taxes breaks, this is a small step in the right direction.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Me

    hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha very funny

    February 8, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  11. zsabre2

    Kids, just remember that when you do grow up and become scientists and inventors, you will have your funding cut by Obama and miss out on Obama Care. You will, however, be rewarded with paying higher taxes for being successful.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  12. Lefty

    I live in section 8 housing, get welfare, food stamps and a free cell phone. Who needs work when somebody else picks up the tab. I'm voting for Obama 3 times this year! Pass that kool-aid and make mine a double!!!!

    February 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Welfare Queen

      Woo, abusing the intent of government assistance programs while simultaenously bitching about their existence! Keep swinging your baby lasso till you catch you a man!

      February 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  13. Church

    Wow! Lots of trolling today!
    Haters are out in force.
    The Koch brothers are spending huge amounts on trollers.
    I'm glad to see the end of the Repugnant's control.
    What a pathetic bunch who call themselves "Real Amuricans" but don't have a clue about patriotism or an ounce of compassion.
    Reporter, "So tell me, President Bush, how many Iraqi civilians have been killed so far?"
    Bush, "Duh, I don't know."

    February 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Joey

      So unless someone supports Obama 100% they aren't "real" Americans? It's ok to criticize one party but not the other? Let me guess, unless someone agrees with you all the way they're intolerant and unpatriotic? How should they be punished or censored if they disagree with your viewpoint? Maybe lock them up?

      February 9, 2012 at 4:05 am |
  14. Church

    Joey, If you are talking to me, I never said the Dems are perfect.
    Obama is a big dissapointment. I don't see why the Repugnants hate him, other than for being half Black.
    He has kissed their ass too many times.
    My point is: The Repugnants are the enemy of the Constitution and of most Americans.
    The end is near for them.
    Holier than thou religious fanatics who don’t believe in the Separation of Church and State.
    Warmongers
    Greedy rich b*st*rds who are using the middle class as slaves
    Ron Paul is a Libertarian with the right ideas, just poor delivery.

    February 9, 2012 at 5:49 am |
  15. Church

    Joey, If you are talking to me, I never said the Dems are perfect.
    Obama is a big disappointment. I don't see why the Repugnants hate him, other than for being half Black.
    He has kissed their ass too many times.
    My point is: The Repugnants are the enemy of the Constitution and of most Americans.
    The end is near for them.
    Holier than thou religious fanatics who don’t believe in the Separation of Church and State.
    Warmongers
    Greedy rich b*st*rds who are using the middle class as slaves
    Ron Paul is a Libertarian with the right ideas, just poor delivery.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am |
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