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10. A 10-year-old Texas boy has created a device that could possibly save infants and babies who get locked inside a hot car. Bishop Curry invented Oasis, which attaches to baby seats. When the temperature inside the car becomes extreme, the device blows cold air at the child until parents and authorities are notified. Bishop decided to create Oasis after a baby living close to him died when it was left inside a hot minivan. 39 children died in the U.S. last year as the result of being left in a hot vehicle.
9. A California 13-year-old is getting backed by a big name company for his invention of a low-cost, low-weight braille printer for the blind. Shubham Banerjee used legos to build the printer, which pushes dots forward on paper so the blind can use it to read. With the help of some friends and the financial backing of a very impressed company called Intel… you may have heard of them, the boy’s printer has a good chance of becoming a reality for the desktop. Printer machines of this kind today can cost more than $2,000. Shubham and friends want to get that down to an affordable $350. Current machines weigh more than 20 pounds. Shubham and friends are shooting for one weighing only a few pounds.
8. 17-year-old Ben Ball won the Triumph Design Award for his invention of a thermoelectric cooler to help computers run more effectively…. boy, I sure could use one of those. Ben invented the system while working on a CPU that could be cooled and run quicker. With that, Ben wants it to be cost effective instead of the price being driven up Because it’s better…. Hey, now we’re talkin. Sign me up!
7. Simon Petrus, a senior at a school in Namibia has created a phone that doesn’t use a sim card and can call anywhere through radio frequencies. He created it with parts from a phone, television and radio. He has been working on it for two years and hopes it will be picked up by a big company and be sucessful.
6. 11-year-old Kylie Simonds of Connecticut was diagnosed with cancer of the connective tissues when she was 8. One of her biggest obstacles was tripping over all the connected IV wires when she pushed the heavy pole down the hallway. So she came up with a new way for kids to deal with that by inventing a backpack that would hold a portable IV machine inside it. It even comes in colorful designs. She has secured a patent and is now trying to put the backpack into production. By the way, she is cancer-free now. Awesom, Kylie!
5. Remember when you were a kid and sold lemonade from a cardboard stand in your front yard? Yeah, I did that too! I think I sold two and made a dime. But Mikaila Ulmer of Texas is doing just a bit better than I did by scoring an $11 million deal for her brand of lemonade. Whole Foods has agreed to sell Mikaila’s lemonade in its regional stores. If it does well there, it goes national. Mikaila is in sixth grade and got her lemonade idea from her grandmother’s 1940 recipe. Grandma used a combination of mint, flaxseed and honey. Sounds good to me! Hey, she even served some up to President Obama. A portion of her proceeds will go to bee rescue foundations.
4. In Kenya, 13-year-old Richard Turere wanted to keep his family and livestock safe from lions, as well as keeping the lions themselves safe from human harm. So when he noticed lions seemed to be scared of people walking with flashlights, he devised a system of flashing LED lights around a pole by the livestock, tricking the lions into believing they were flashlights. It worked! There have been no more problems with the king of beasts. Richard installed the system without any knowledge of electronics or engineering.
3. A 14-year-old boy in India invented a drone that could set off landmines from the sky. The U.S. was so impressed with the invention that it struck a deal with the Indian government for $730,000. Harshwardhan Zala created the drone that can detect and defuse hidden bombs in the fields. The drone can detect a mine by a sensor and then a 50-gram detonator takes care of the rest. One of his final prototypes cost under $5,000.
2. Don’t you hate it when big pharma companies charge outrageous prices for their drugs when they become desperately needed? For example, the price of a Daraprim tablet, which is used to treat infections in pregnant woman and HIV patients, used to be $13.50. But Turing Pharmaceuticals upped that to $750 per tablet. Is that greedy crazy or what? But some 17-year-olds in Sydney worked in their school lab to create the drug. And it’s extremely cheap… at $20 a tablet. A life-helping drug created in a high school lab… and it’s 20 bucks!!! Amazing!!! Since then and because of this, Turing has reduced its price of the drug by 50 percent. In my humble opinion, that’s not enough!!!
1. Two boy geniuses, both 17, may turn the math world upside down with their theorem that could help scientists solve some of the universe’s most complex problems. Ivan Zelich, who has an IQ of 180…. Ok, he’s a little smarter than me…and Xuming Liang, also a high IQ guy, developed the theory. Its basis is that two loci, the mathematical terms describing the path a point takes, are essentially the same. With this, scientists can better understand string theory and Algebraic Geometry. I’m feeling a strong Sheldon Cooper moment coming on. That’s my spot.
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