Are we looking at the next Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Bell? Maybe not, but these kids sure know how to impress with their genius ideas and motivational work. Nothing like a child inventor to make your life seem even less accomplished than it already is. Let’s give a big hand to these incredible teen inventors of 2014-2015!
- Georgia Lala, 17, Auckland, New Zealand
Georgia was recently awarded the 2015 Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize for her creation of Root Aquaponics, a system for growing plants for family consumption with a very low carbon footprint. Most impressive of her approach was her adaptation of the Food Miles and Life Cycle Assessment methods to quantify the footprint of the plant production system.
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- Raymond Wang, 17, Vancouver, Canada
Nothing is more stressful on an airplane than the exposure of germs, and luckily this kid figured that out at an early age. Raymond won the top prize in the 2015 Intel Science and Engineering Fair for developing an airflow system that changes the way air moves through a plane.
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- Sahar Khashayar, 14, Laguna Niguel, CA
Inspired by the damage caused by an Arizona fire in 2013, Sahar created a system that uses temperature, infrared and gas sensors to determine if a fire is occurring. What initially began as a project for her 8th grade Science Fair, turned into a meeting with the President himself and a spot on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Kimmel!”
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- Konstantin Avdienko, 18, San Diego, CA
The tackle of California’s major drought issue has been undertaken by all angles, including a local student at UCSD. Konstantin got the idea of creating a “water condenser” simply by looking at the condensation on the side of a glass of water. This “reverse well-like” system helps to create water out of thin air and has already received a local award plus funding for completing his product.
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- Aidan Fay, 17, La Jolla, CA
Due to a medical condition that prohibited this teen from his dream of flying solo, Aidan Fay created his very own cockpit using virtual reality, the DIY Cessna 172 simulator. Using a Oculus Rift headset, real airplane rudder pedals and steering rudder, Aidan is able to virtually fly the skies of San Diego. Nothing like overcoming real life obstacles to make your dreams come true!
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- Muaz Nawaz,13, Daanyaal Ali,14, and Chirag Shah,14, London, England
These three teens are honing in on one of the most controversial issues in today’s society – STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Their development of a color-changing condom when the detection of an STD comes into contact has earned them an award at the TeenTech Awards and an invitation to Buckingham Palace.
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