At the White House science fair yesterday, US President Barack Obama hopped on a bicycle and pedaled to power a water filtration system devised by Kiona Elliott and Payton Kaar from Northeast High School in Florida that is designed to be used during an emergency — the pair was influenced by the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Associated Press reports.

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