Where everyone is busy in playing games, Taking selfies etc. we have these teens who are playing a vital role in the progress of their countries. Their inventions are those stuff we can’t even imagine of.
Here are the teens who deserve an applause for their inventions. Share If You Like.
1 16-year-olds discover way to increase crop yields for Combating the Global Food Crisis project
Garden-loving teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow of Ireland won the Google Science Fair 2014 with their Combating the Global Food Crisis project. The 16-year-olds paired a bacteria often found in symbiotic relationships with legumes with crops it doesn’t typically associate with, namely oats and barley. Crops that tested their unique pairing were wildly successful, germinating in about half the time and producing a 74 percent greater dry mass yield. Increasing crop yields is vital as the global population grows, and discoveries like this one could greatly impact the way we combat food poverty.
2 19-year-old invents Ocean Cleanup Array
For several years now, Inhabitat has been covering the efforts of The Ocean Cleanup CEO Boyan Slat of the Netherlands, who at 19 years old invented an Ocean Cleanup Array, and we’re continually impressed by his persistence. The Ocean Cleanup recently completed their first aerial reconnaissance mission of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The results weren’t pretty – 1,000 large plastic pieces spotted in two hours – but there’s still hope to clean up the mess we’ve made. The Ocean Cleanup won the Katerva Award in 2016, and feasibility studies indicate one 63-mile array could “remove 42 percent of the Great Pacific garbage patch in only 10 years.”
3 17-year-old creates a device that can purify water and produce clean energy simultaneously
Millions of people around the world live without electricity or clean water, and 17-year-old Cynthia Sin Nga Lam of Australia decided to tackle both issues at once with her portable H2Pro device. The H2Pro unit harnesses photocatalysis or using light to speed up a chemical reaction, to sterilize water. As a side bonus, the process also yields hydrogen, which Lam said could be used to produce electricity.
4 Ann’s friend in the Phillipines needed a reliable flashlight that didn’t need batteries. Ann’s solution was a flashlight that needs only a warm hand to hold it.
Ann started working when her friend who didn't have electricity and couldn't complete her homework. Ann got to work. She remembered hearing human beings described as walking 100-volt light bulbs: “I thought, why not body heat? We have so much heat radiating out of us and it’s being wasted.”
After a few prototypes, she unveiled her “hollow flashlight,” so named because it has a hollow aluminum tube at its core that cools the sides of the Peltier tiles attached to the flashlight’s cylinder. The other side is warmed by heat from a hand gripping the flashlight. Ann spent several months designing the flashlight and figuring out its voltage conversion. Much has been written online about powering a flashlight with Peltier tiles, but those devices used heat from candles and blow torches. Ann’s patent-pending prototype relies on hand warmth only and required that she make her own transformer, among other difference-making factors.
5 Stop throwing away those banana peels. 16-year old Elif make a bioplastic from them.
She found out that petroleum based plastics are causing a vast amount of pollution and that bioplastic, a type of biodegradable plastic derived from biological substances rather than petroleum, is indeed a solution. Not only is it cheaper to make, but it also works to recycle waste material.
She spent the following two years researching alternatives to petroleum-based plastic and the current methods for producing bioplastic. Although there was a bioplastic made from potatoes, Bilgin wanted to see if she could make plastic out of organic waste material rather than using something that can be consumed. Banana peels were the perfect solution as they are both high in starch and cellulose and generally thrown out. After two years of developing her project and making 12 trial runs - with only the last two successful - Bilgin finally succeeded in making a bioplastic from banana peels.
6 Pancreatic cancer kills 94% of its victims within five years. A 15-year old may have changed this grim picture.
This 15-year-old “Edison of our times,” as Andraka’s Hopkins mentor has called him, wears red Nikes carefully coordinated with his Intel T-shirt. His shaggy haircut is somewhere between Beatles and Bieber. At school one day, he cites papers from leading scientific publications, including Science, Nature and the Journal of Clinical Neurology. And that’s just in English class. In chemistry, he tells the teacher that he will make up a missed lab at home, where of course he has plenty of nitric acid to work with. In calculus, he does not join the other students who cluster around a blackboard equation like hungry young lions at a kill. “That’s so trivial,” he says and plops down at a desk to catch up on assigned chapters from Brave New World instead. Nobody stops him, perhaps because last year when his biology teacher confiscated his clandestine reading material on carbon nanotubes, he was in the midst of the epiphany that scientists think has the potential to save lives.
7 The 13-year old who claimed to have invented a lollipop that cures hiccups
In 2012, a thirteen-year-old girl launched a potentially lucrative business built around her unusual cure for hiccups. Kievman's idea for a cure came after she was afflicted with a stubborn case of the hiccups two years before and decided to test a number of folk remedies, from sipping water out of an upside-down cup to drinking salt water.
Eventually, after curing her hiccups, the future doctor combined her three favorite remedies to form her own (patent pending) cure for the annoying ailment.
Her three-part cure is composed of sugar, apple cider vinegar, and lollipops. While she claims she is still in the process of “tweaking the taste,” her invention has already received a considerable amount of attention and has resulted in her enlistment of M.B.A. students, who will assist with launching her start-up.
She named her product Hiccupops.
8 The high school student's invention that could charge your phone in 20 seconds
Waiting hours for a cell phone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student's invention. In 2013, Eesha Khare won a $50,000 prize at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds. The fast-charging device is a so-called supercapacitor, a gizmo that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time.
What's more, it can last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared with 1,000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries, according to the young inventor, who hails from Saratoga, CA.
To date, Eesha has used the supercapacitor to power a light-emitting diode, or LED. The invention's future is even brighter. She sees it fitting inside cellphones and the other portable electronic devices that are proliferating in today's world, freeing people and their gadgets for a longer time from reliance on electrical outlets.
Khare's invention won her the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, conducted in Phoenix, Ariz.
9 The teenager who won an award for his invention which turns CO2 into oxygen while you drive
Who knew a teenager just learning how to drive could come up with a device to reduce pollution coming from his car?
A student has won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for his environmentally friendly invention which cleans car exhaust that would normally pollute the air. Param Jaggi, a 17-year-old senior at Plano East High School, came up with the idea after seeing how much carbon dioxide was released from a car.
Param designed a device called the “Algae Mobile,” which is inserted into the exhaust pipe on the back side of a car. Through photosynthesis, algae inside the gas-permeable, aluminum alloy tube converts carbon dioxide into oxygen and releases it into the air for humans to breathe.
Param won $8,000 over the years and in 2011, an EPA award for sustainability. The EPA chose his concept out of more than 1,500 at the Intel International Science Fair.
10 Sensor For Dementia Patients
Kenneth Shinozuka, a 15-year-old from New York, won a 50,000 dollars science prize for creating a sensor that alerts relatives when one of their loved ones who suffers from dementia wanders too far from their bed. Apparently Kenneth came up with this idea when he was spending time with his grandfather who was a patient of Alzheimer.
Kylie Simonds is a brave young girl from Connecticut who successfully managed to beat cancer. After her terrifying ordeal, Kylie decided to create a backpack for other children undergoing Chemotherapy. This bag would allow children to carry their I-V pole and wires easily, without tripping over them or moving the heavy equipment around. This invention is extremely thoughtful and could potentially reduce the burden of many young children around the world who are fighting cancer.
12 Pacifier With A Thermometer
Anthony Halmon became a father at a very young age. The teenager had a stroke of genius during his early years as a parent and went on to create a pacifier that also had a built-in thermometer. This invention earned him a lot of honors, including a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Obama.
This ingenious invention was conceived when Louis Braille was just a teen. Blinded in both eyes as a result of an accident when he was a kid, Louis Braille grew up an intelligent man who disliked people reminding the blind of their vulnerability.
Once, a man named Charles Barbier was invited to speak to a class of blind students, which also included Louis. Barbeir was the man responsible to create a system with raised dots that could help soldiers read in the dark. His creation, as they say, wasn’t exactly fit-for-function, but was enough to stir the thought process in Louis, who took inspiration from it and got down to business. With a piece of paper, a stylus, and a slate, he started to punch holes and eventually developed the revolutionary Braille system.
14 Sign Language Translator
Once in 2002, seeing a translator order food for a group of deaf people, Ryan Patterson also saw an opportunity. He invented a glove with an ability to convert the hand motions of American sign language into easy-to-read letters on a digital display. Patterson’s this invention was undoubtedly brilliant and became the “Grand Award Winner” in the year 2001.
15 A Wearable Sensor To Keep Alzheimer’s Patients Safe
Once, Shinozuka found his grandfather in pajamas accompanied by a police officer, who spotted him wandering on a freeway in the middle of the night. His grandfather was an Alzheimer’s patient. That scene left a deep impact on Shinozuka and the impact led to the invention of a device that can help his grandfather, and other patients of Alzheimer’s stay safe.
Shinozuka invented a small sensor that can be attached to the foot or the sock of an Alzheimer’s victim. The sensor alerts the care-taker through a phone app in case the ill who is supposed to be sleeping, gets up from the bed.
16 Pedal-powered washing machine
Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and this gadget certainly embodies that phrase. This is particularly relevant for our next teenage inventor. Remya Jose, a 14-year-old from India, was asked to do the laundry when her mother became ill.
Clearly, Remya was less than impressed with the amount of time and energy needed to hand wash clothes in the nearby river. She took some recycled bicycle parts to create an appliance that saves time, energy and keeps you fit, all at the same time.
This device will clearly have countless applications in areas lacking electricity, or those who wish to save time on exercising and chores.
17 Self-sanitizing door handle
Sun Ming Wong aged 17, and King Pong Li, aged 18, developed a bacteria-killing door handle. The teens knew that microbes are spread through contact, from door handles to shopping carts. They decided to look for a material that would adequately kill bacteria in situ.
Their search proved fruitful after using titanium oxide. Their handles not only have a coating of titanium oxide but also an LED light integrated into the handle to activate the compound. It is said their solution can destroy 99.8% of all bacteria and viruses.
The entire device also only costs around $13, making it an affordable choice for most.
18 Poo power
In 2013, Kenya's Maseno School opened its new dormitories for over 700 students. The area around the buildings often smelt because of pit latrines and defective sewage systems. This also polluted the local water supplies.
Leroy Mwasary and four friends decided to come up with a solution, a human waste bioreactor that would convert waste into clean cooking fuel for the kitchen. Fast forward a few years and Leroy, now founder of Greenpact, aims to provide biogas to over six million Kenyans who lack adequate sanitation and reliable fuel sources.