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President Obama and the marshmallow cannon of 2012. / Susan Walsh, AP

The Obama administration is hoping its annual White House Science Fair will encourage more girls to take up science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

The May 27 fair will also feature the usual assortment of robots, machines, and other science projects.

"With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year's Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work," said a White House blog post.

Obama began hosting the White House Science Fair in 2009, saying that "if you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too."

The science fair has often generated unique projects, none more so than the "marshmallow cannon" of 2012.



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