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Will.I.Am, Bill Nye, and a Robot Giraffe: Just a Few Things We Saw at the White House Maker Faire

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Yesterday, we got to check out the inaugural White House Maker Faire. In an effort to raise awareness about the growing maker community across the country and its lasting impact on American manufacturing and entrepreneurship, President Obama invited innovators from more than 25 states to showcase their products to all the important people in Washington, DC. Luckily, we got the chance to check it out for ourselves, and here are just a few things that we encountered:

This room filled with makers, entrepreneurs, students, business leaders, mayors, and various heads of nonprofits:

room-of-makers

 

We saw Bill Nye the Science Guy, and got a little giddy:

bill-nye

 

Through a cameraman’s legs, we managed to spot Joey Hudy, the inventor of the marshmallow cannon:

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There was also this really important man:

president-obama

 

This trailer:

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This woman in her red dress (Dr. Sara Wylie) and matching weather balloon:

weather-balloon

 

Then, we found out that she’s created a balloon mapping kit that allows you to map your community:

public-labs-projects

 

There was this cool artificially intelligent giraffe:

robot-giraffe

 

Makey Makey, which turns everyday objects (like these bananas) into a touchpad that you can use to play music:

banana-instrument

 

Some kids playing with clay or something:

clay-stuf

 

This glowing cube thing:

glowing-cube

 

Tiny house! 

tiny-house

 

And its cute insides!

tiny-house-inside

 

3D printers for space:

space-3d-printer

 

Sole Power, which was developed out of TechShop, and allows you to charge your phone while you walk (via soles of your shoes):

sole-power-2

 

 A robot obstacle competition:

robot-competition

 

Will.i.am was there, too (with a photobomb from fellow tech journalist, Rob Pegoraro) !

will-i-am

 

Oh, and this epic #SELFIE. #Sciencerules:

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Ronald Barba is a staff writer and the East Coast reporter for Tech Cocktail. Formerly a DC native, he's now based in New York City. He reports on the Boston, Chicago, D.C., and NYC tech scenes. He's especially interested in venture capital, M&As, and tech/business trends. Aside from startups, Ronald is interested in philosophy, cognitive science, politics, social justice, pop culture, and all things geek. He reads Murakami and Barthes, and alternates binge watch sessions of 'Doctor Who' and 'The Mindy Project'. Got something to say? Then email me (ronald@tech.co). Follow me on Twitter: @RonaldPBarba. Subscribe to me on Facebook. Find me on Google.

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