12 photos of Obama discovering his inner child at the White House science fair

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Barack Obama listens to sisters Kimberly Yeung (R) and Rebecca Yeung (L) explain their science project while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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President Barack Obama has hosted the annual White House Science Fair every year since 2010, when he launched it to honor kids from kindergarten to 12th grade who submit projects from the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

The fair is an opportunity for Obama to let loose and have fun with kids who come to Washington, DC, to demonstrate their inventions to the president, who says he wants to “celebrate outstanding work by young people in science at least as much as we do Super Bowl winners.”

Check out the photos below:


The president got in touch with his inner child by blowing bubbles from a bubble maker made by 9-year-old Jacob Leggette with a 3-D printer.

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Barack Obama blows bubbles during the 2016 White House Science Fair in Washington, April 13, 2016. The bubble maker was made on a 3D printer by Jacob Leggette, 9, of Baltimore, Maryland.
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Leggette also created a mini replica of the White House with his 3-D printer.

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Barack Obama shows off a replica of the White House made with a 3D printer by nine-year old Jacob Leggette while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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He tested this project by 9-year-old Kimberly and 11-year-old Rebecca Yeung, two sisters from Seattle.

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Barack Obama listens to sisters Kimberly Yeung (R) and Rebecca Yeung (L) explain their science project while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Their homemade “spacecraft” is named the “Loki Lego Launcher” after their late cat and is made with archery arrows and wood scraps.

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They launched the spacecraft into the stratosphere with a helium balloon. It records location coordinates, temperature, velocity, and pressure, and reports the data back to them.

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Barack Obama listens to sisters Kimberly Yeung and Rebecca Yeung explain their science project while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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This Girl Scout troop invented “Echo Bin,” a metal container that has a non-toxic substance that can dissolve Styrofoam when it’s mixed with water.

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Barack Obama listens to Girl Scout Troop #1484 explain their science project while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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He high-fived some of the girls after a speech at the fair.


Obama has had just as much fun at previous fairs. He’s pictured here in 2015 with a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Oklahoma who used Legos to build a battery-powered page turner for people who are paralyzed or suffer from arthritis.

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Barack Obama reacts to a group of six-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma as he plays host to the 2015 White House Science Fair at the White House in Washington, March 23, 2015.
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In 2014, Obama checked out a model that shows how polymers expand. Peyton Robertson, 12, designed sand-less sandbags the can protect against flooding.


Here, also at the 2014 fair, he prepared to catch a ball fired from a basketball catapult.

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Barack Obama prepares to catch a basketball thrown by team member Brooke Bohn and her project, a basketball catapult, while he hosts the 2014 White House Science Fair while in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, May 27, 2014.
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In 2012, he tested the Extreme Marshmallow Cannon by Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Barack Obama pumps air pressure into Extreme Marshmallow Cannon designed by Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, before firing a marshmallow across the State Dining Room of the White House during the second White House Science Fair in Washington February 7, 2012.
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He shot a marshmallow across the State Dining Room in the White House.