President Obama And The White House Marshmallow Cannon
On Tuesday President Obama hosted his second White House science fair, inviting students from across the country to demonstrate their accomplishments in science and math.
Obama was particularly impressed with an air cannon designed by 14 year-old Joey Hudy. The cannon, built by Hudy and powered by compressed air, can shoot marshmallows over 170 feet.
“Would it hit the wall over there?” asked the president of Hudy and his marshmallow cannon. “Would it stick? Lets try it.”
I would love to have Hudy build me a cannon!
What a great memory this young person can carry for a lifetime after his time with the President in the White House.
The reason for the interest by Obama in these types of learning moments is clear when placed on the larger template of the global economy.
In an increasingly globalized world, the Obama Administration recognizes that global development is vital to national security and is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative. One of the cornerstones of our global development policy is a commitment to investments in game-changing innovations with the potential to solve long-standing development challenges in health, food security, environmental sustainability, and broad-based economic growth. Innovation can play a key role in building a stable, inclusive global economy with new sources of prosperity, advancing democracy and human rights, and helping us to increase the ranks of prosperous, capable, and democratic states that can be our partners in the decades to come.