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Obama Meets Scientists, One Age 6

A teenage girl was inspired after dropping her cellphone to create concussion-reducing cushions for football helmets. A team of Girl Scout Brownies designed a bridge that could withstand flooding. And an adolescent boy in a suit and tie told President Obama about his pending patents.

They were just a few of the more than a hundred students demonstrating their inventions and research on Tuesday for what Mr. Obama said was one of his favorite events: the White House Science Fair, now in its fourth year.

Mr. Obama used the event to announce a $35 million Education Department competition to help reach his goal of training 100,000 teachers. The president also said the administration was expanding an existing AmeriCorps program in an effort to improve STEM education for 18,000 low-income students.