Five Kids Who Are Winning At Life Thanks To Technology

We believe that tech is something the whole family should embrace. We’ve told you that getting your children involved with coding and other STEM skills could be the perfect retirement plan (for them and you, that is).

We weren’t lying. Here are five inspiring kids from around the world who are really kicking butt with tech.

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After a visit to relatives in Ethiopia clued him in to the major clean water shortage the world is facing, this teenager developed a way to turn agricultural waste into a pollutant-removing charcoal that creates clean water in minutes. Waste reduction and clean water in a passive and affordable process earned Bluyé some well-deserved kudos, a visit to the White House, and acceptance into five Ivy League schools (and six other top US science universities). His tech savvy is his ticket to pretty much anywhere he wants to go.

Ann Makosinski

09_ann-makosinskiGoogle saw the light when this Canadian teen debuted her new flashlight at the tech giant’s annual Science Fair. Using Peltier plates, which create an electrical current when exposed to temperature differences, Ann built a handheld light that can run for up to twenty minutes using nothing other than the heat of a human hand. No batteries, no charging, just an emergency flashlight that works in any situation. She’s already hit the ball out of the park, and we’re just seeing the initial efforts of this STEM-enthused inventor.

Param Jaggi

Carbon dioxide emissions from cars are a problem. Param might have solved the Param-Jaggiproblem when he was still too young to drive with his Algae Mobile—a device that plugs right into your car’s muffler and feeds the CO2 to an internal algae colony that eats up the bad gas and spews out clean oxygen. Not only did he actually conceive, develop, and demonstrate the workability of his device, Param did it all at the age of 13! Now 20, he’s the CEO of his own company focused on researching and developing more tech to support consumer and environmental sustainability.

Eesha Khare

128828645_Gadget_416606cSearching frantically for a plug in the airport or at the work meeting may soon be a thing of the past thanks to the supercapacitor cell phone charger that’s an inch long and can deliver a full battery in seconds. Eesha’s entry in Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair got her one of two Young Scientist Award—and brought no small amount of interest from colleges and potential employers, too. This device has real marketplace potential now, and Eesha’s long-term potential is pretty much boundless. We’ll be keeping our eyes on her, and we’ve already got our credit cards in hand.

Richard Turere

TED2013. Long Beach, CA. February 25 - March 1, 2013. Photo: James Duncan DavidsonSometimes simples is best, even when it comes to tech. In order to protect his family and their livestock from lions near Nairobi National Park in Kenya, Richard rigged a quick solar circuit to some flickering LED lights, and suddenly the problem was solved without any further injury on either side. Sometimes the greatest tech advances are those that use existing technologies in a new way to solve an old problem—in this case, a millennia-old problem. Young minds that are able to provide the new perspectives necessary are definitely worth encouraging.

 

It’s kids like these that give me hope for the future. Know of any other kids kicking butt? Find us on facebook and let us know!

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