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It's White House Science Fair Day

While Republican Senator Ted Cruz launched his presidential campaign on Monday and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waded back into policy waters, President Barack Obama was up to something a little less political: the White House science fair. Obama was set to announce $240 million in private-sector pledges for science, technology, engineering, and math education at the event, according to the White House. He told the participants: “Keep explaining. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why.”

 

  1. OMG
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    OMG

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Okla., who designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed or have arthritis at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  2. Say cheese
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    Say cheese

    President Barack Obama poses with Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Okla., who designed a battery-powered page turner to help people who are paralyzed or have arthritis at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  3. Deep thinker
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    Deep thinker

    Scientist Bill Nye waits in the audience before President Barack Obama's arrival at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  4. Selfie time
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    Selfie time

    Scientist Bill Nye takes a selfie with a student before President Barack Obama's arrival at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  5. Project showcase
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    Project showcase

    Corine Peifer of Wallenpaupack, Pa., watches as President Barack Obama makes waves to illustrate her solution to generate electricity from docks bobbing in the water at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  6. Project showcase
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    Project showcase

    President Barack Obama tries a wheelchair powered by a rowing motion designed by Kaitlin Reed of Massachusetts at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  7. Project showcase
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    Project showcase

    President Barack Obama listens as Henry Paul of Port Washington, N.Y., explains his self-expanding spinal implant at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
  8. Until next year
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    Until next year

    With students from a range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions from across the country looking on, President Barack Obama delivers remarks after viewing science projects at the White House science fair on March 23, 2015, in Washington.