7 Green Innovations Created by Female Inventors under 18

Meet the young ladies who are using their smarts to create, innovate and inspire

Aug 27, 2014

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Proving that age is just a number, these young female inventors know no limits when it comes to using their brains for good. As well as being extremely innovative, all of these inventions are environmentally friendly and are intended to improve the lives of others.

1. LILY BORN:SPILL-PROOF ECO-FRIENDLY CUP

AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT: 11
FROM: Chicago, USA
IN DETAIL: Lily Born came up with the idea to create the unbreakable, unspillable Kangaroo Cup for her grandfather who suffers from Parkinson's disease. When she noticed that her Papa was frequently spilling the contents of his cup, Lily had the idea to make it more stable by adding legs. After several modifications and some help from her dad, she came up with the innovative Kangaroo Cup, which is made from BPA-free plastic and is even stackable for easy storage.

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2. DEEPIKA KURUP: LOW-COST WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM
AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
14
FROM: Nashua, New Hampshire
IN DETAIL: Deepika was deeply moved when she saw children in India drinking dirty water, inspiring the young scientist to find a solution to the global water crisis. Not wasting any time, she set her mind towards developing a solar-powered water purification system. Winning The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2012  gave her the motivation to develop her idea even further and she has since come up with a comprehensive system that creates a chemical reaction which kills harmful bacteria.

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3. ANN MAKOSINSKI: BODY-HEAT POWERED FLASHLIGHTS
AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
15
FROM: Victoria, Canada
IN DETAIL: Upon learning that her friend in the Philippines was doing poorly in school because she lacked reliable electricity and light at night to study, Ann decided to use her smarts to see how she could help. Months of research and experiments led to her creating “Hollow Flashlight” - a torch that runs off of the warmth of one’s hands. After winning a 2013 Google Science Fair award for the creation, Ann didn't stop there and she got straight to work on a headlamp powered by body heat  that stores built up energy.

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4. ELIF BILGIN: BIO-PLASTIC FROM BANANA PEELS
AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
16
FROM: Istanbul, Turkey
IN DETAIL: What do you get when you mix discarded banana peel, a very smart teenager, and a never-give-up attitude? Environmentally-friendly bio-plastic of course. Inquisitive young scientist Elif Bilgin was looking for ways to reduce pollution in her home city and after extensive research she realized that the starch and cellulose from banana peel could be used to create plastic. After many hours spent in the lab and a series of failed attempts, Elif finally had her Eureka moment and came up with the winning formula needed. Winner of the 2013 Science in Action award, Elif hopes that her creation will become more widespread and play a part in saving the planet.

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5. AZZA ABDEL HAMID FAIAD: TURNING PLASTIC INTO BIO-FUEL
AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
16
FROM: Alexandria, Egypt
IN DETAIL: Not content with how much plastic is wasted in her home country of Egypt, this budding chemist came up with a method for generating biofuel by breaking down plastics using a low-cost catalyst. Azza's invention won the European Fusion Development Agreement award at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists in 2011 and since then she has been working to implement it on a larger scale.

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6. CYNTHIA SIN NGA LAM: CLEAN ENERGY AND FRESH WATER CREATOR
AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
17
FROM: Melbourne, Australia
IN DETAIL: Not only does Cynthia Sin Nga Lam's device purify wastewater, it uses pollutants in the water to boost power production in a separate compartment at the same time. She presented her H2Pro prototype at the 2014 Google Science Fair, where she was one of the 15 finalists. Judges were blown away by the portable device powered only by sunlight that sterilizes dirty water with the help of a titanium mesh. On top of that, it also produces clean power as a result of a photocatalytic reaction that splits the water into hydrogen and oxygen. Clever stuff!

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7. EESHA KHARE - THE 30 SECOND PHONE CHARGER
AGE AT TIME OF LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
18
FROM: Saratoga, California, USA
IN DETAIL: When Eesha Khare found herself away from home, with a dead cell phone battery and no way to contact her parents, it inspired her to create a solution that would prevent similar situations in the future. Eesha got to work on developing a tiny energy storage device that can fit inside cell phone batteries to give them some quick juice. It uses nanotechnology to maximize the device’s surface area, allowing phones to fully charge within 20 to 30 seconds. She presented her invention at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair where she secured one of two runner-up spots, beating over 1,600 finalists from more than 70 countries.

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