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Obama touts robots, US ingenuity at White House Science Fair

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says kids experimenting with science remind the country that it can tackle huge challenges from cancer to climate change.

Obama is speaking to students at a science fair at the White House. It’s the last science fair for Obama, who started the tradition in 2010.

Obama says he’s witnessed the passion, curiosity and brainpower that characterize America’s next generation. He says he’s also seen an alarming number of robots. Obama joked the robots have startled him but haven’t harmed him — at least not yet.

He says science has always been the hallmark of American progress.

This year’s fair features more than 130 participants, including a Connecticut student who created a diagnostic test for the detection of the Ebola virus.

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