Bamboo bikes and more _ Obama in science heaven

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 4:31 PM
Bamboo bikes and more _ Obama in science heaven

President Barack Obama has found his inner geek and joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a science and engineering fair at the American Museum of National History.

The president on Tuesday whetted his appetite for energy saving innovations, checking out a bamboo bicycle, one of several projects featured in the final round of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair. He tells students: "There's going to be a great demand for people with the skills you're developing."

The unscheduled tour came during a day trip to dedicate a building for the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. It's being named after one-time Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, killed in a plane crash in 1996. Obama was also to speak at two Democratic National Committee events in Harlem.