KELYDRA WELCKER - Invented a Water Filtration SystemKelydra 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.
As kids, most of us spent our days playing hopscotch, toying with action figures, maneuvering Tetris blocks, and wrestling with Donkey Kong. Not these creative tykes, however! These eight amazingly innovative kids and adolescents are inventing up a storm — whether for their own personal kicks (Hibiki Kono’s wall-scaling backpack), to help their community (Kelydra Welcker’s water-filtration method), or to save the world (Javier Fernández-Han’s algae-driven super-system). Need some inspiration today? Click through our slideshow of amazing kid inventors for a look at the creative solutions the next generation is conjuring up for this one.
BEN GULAK + JASON MORROW – Built the Tango Electric Motorcycle
Ontario teenagers Ben Gulak and Jason Morrow, who were 18 in 2007, built a Segway-inspired electric motorcycle with a difference: It has no hand-steering controls. Dubbed the “Tango,” the electric vehicle moves forward, right, or left, depending on its rider’s body movements.
MAX WALLACK- Created the Home Dome
PBS Kids’ Design Squad found a winner in Max Wallack, then 12, when he invented the “Home Dome” for its Trash to Treasure competition. Composed of plastic bags filled with Styrofoam packing peanuts, the yurt-shaped structure was designed to offer temporary shelter for homeless people and disaster victims, while relieving landfills of non-biodegradable waste.