February 7th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
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.
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.