President Barack Obama meets with Lindsay Lawlor, of San Diego, Calif., and his creation, a 17-foot-tall, 2,200-lb robotic giraffe on the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2014.
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Maker Faire makes its way to the WH

Attention animal lovers, there is a new animal perching itself on the White House South Lawn.

On Tuesday, a giant robotic giraffe–which moves, talks, and lights up–was one of the exhibits part of the first-ever Maker Faire.

The ‘national day of making’ celebrated students, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are involved in American manufacturing and wanted to show off their latest technology and designs. “Making can inspire and empower more young people to excel in design and STEM and to pursue careers making things in manufacturing,” the White House said in a statement announcing the fair in February. 

“Today is DIY, that’s tomorrow’s made in America,” President Obama said Tuesday. “Revolutions in American manufacturing that can create new jobs and industries for decades to come.” 

While there was a variety of innovative designs introduced the biggest hit was Russell, the robotic giraffe. 

Even though Russell was deemed “okay” to ride, President Obama declined. “The Secret Service would not let us do that,” the president told reporters.

Don’t worry Bo, Russell will be leaving the South Lawn soon!

Here are a few other inventions that made their way to the White House South Lawn Tuesday

 

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Maker Faire makes its way to the WH