8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

by , 08/04/10

Kelydra Welcker, water, eco-innovations, eco-inventions, eco-kids, green kids

KELYDRA WELCKER – Created a Water Filtration System

Kelydra Welcker was only in 7th grade when she figured out a simple test for ammonium perfluorooctanoate, a chemical that was polluting the local waters of the Ohio River where she lived, just 7 miles downstream from a DuPont plant. Then, operating out of a trailer behind her house, Welcker devised a way to remove the Teflon surfactant from the water by combining granular activated carbon and a pair of electrodes. With some help from the local utility company and DuPont, Welcker, now in college, hopes to implement her desktop unit on a community-wide scale.
Hibiki Kono, eco-kids, green kids, eco-innovations, recycled vacuum cleaners, eco-inventions

HIBIKI “SPIDER BOY” KONO – Invented a Wall-Climbing Backpack

Hibiki Kono may not have Spiderman’s web-slinging powers, but the 13-year-old British schoolboy can scale walls almost as well. His not-so-secret: A high-tech “backpack” that harnesses the suction power of two recycled vacuum cleaners—perfect, Kono says, for your friendly neighborhood window washer.
Javier Fernández-Han, algae, eco-innovations, eco-inventions, eco-kids, green kids

JAVIER FERNANDEZ-HAN – Designed the Versatile System

Javier Fernández-Han was only 9 when he decided he wanted to design for the other 90 percent. Several years later, Fernandez-Han devised the Versatile System, a mix of new and existing technology that uses algae to treat waste, produces methane and bio-oil as fuel, grows food, and traps greenhouse gases.

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  1. rkr October 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Look up http://www.futurecity.org – 2009-2010 competition was epic… read the essays!

  2. chrismerwin August 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Man, if I would have known that not only would wall climbing jet packs be part of the future but that they would be GREEN too! Maybe things aren’t so scary afterall.

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  4. Bridgette Meinhold August 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I had genius ideas when I was a kid – just didn’t have the shop skills to make it happen. Bring back shop class!!

  5. greenrainbow August 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I will forward this post on whenever I hear some grandpa talking about how the future generations are lazy! Look what these kids have done with the technology they’ve grown up around. Seriously incredible!

  6. Ariel Schwartz August 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    way to make me feel inadequate!

  7. jamesbeth August 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Amazing designers getting an early start! Sustainability in designs is one of the most tricky aspects of a good design–kudos to kids for starting their careers on the right foot! SO impressive!

  8. Edward Van Valen August 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    These kids show how bright the future will be… what will they think of next!

  9. jennsmith August 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Kids these days….So smart and eco-conscious!

  10. Rebecca Paul August 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    How inspiring! It’s such a relief to know that future generations have a head start on what we are just now getting the hang of.

  11. Jasmin Malik Chua August 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I’m going to print this out for my toddler…she better start cracking!

  12. Mike Chino August 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Incredible inventions! It’s great to see that the spirit of eco innovation is alive and well in today’s youth!

  13. Yuka Yoneda August 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, they’ve done more in their so-far short lives that I’ve done in 27 years!!!

  14. Diane Pham August 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Man, amazing imagination and talent! Wish I was that cool when I was a kid!

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