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You can’t help yourself when you see an air cannon. You have to ask for a demonstration. “Let’s try it,” said President Obama, wanting to see Joey Hudy’s “Extreme Marshmallow Shooter” in action. Later, he added: “The Secret Service won’t like this.”

After getting the President to help pump it up, Joey pulled the trigger and the marshmallow cannon worked. The crowd went wild. Congratulations, Joey. Joey and his project became the center of attention for the event, which celebrated efforts to engage kids in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

(whitehouse video)

Over 778 sources were covering Joey and the “extreme marshmallow cannon”, according to Google News. Here’s a sampling.

I’d say Joey went to Washington and made something happen.

Dale Dougherty

I’m founder of MAKE magazine and creator of Maker Faire. I am CEO of Maker Media, the company that produces MAKE, Maker Faire and Maker Shed. I am Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative (www.makered.org).


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  2. That is awesome. I hope more makers and innovators are brought to the White House and not just athletes. Hopefully this president’s successors will continue the trend.

  3. Mark says:

    Now that’s fun! Wow, nice to see the blue Maker Faire ribbon hanging on the air cannon!

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  5. Ken Corkum says:

    Going to be a great memory for Joey ! Like to see the personal side of heads of state. Used to be like this in Canada …

  6. Daniel Kim says:

    The President remembered to pick up one of Joey’s cards. Mr. Hudy may find himself invited to a STEM education bill signing in the near future.

    I loved the question ‘do you think it will stick?’

  7. Peace Nobel Prize says:

    Unfortunatelly this canon cannot be used in next oil war.

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