As the planet faces a wide range of challenges in the coming years, the importance of getting young people involved in tackling these problems is only increasing. Oyon Ganguli a nine-year-old young inventor from Fitzgerald Elementary School in Waltham, MA has stepped up to the challenge. He won first place in the Mighty Minds Contest, a youth inventors competition put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Camp Invention, a nationwide summer day camp.
Ganguli created a prototype version of a shower that filters and recycles water, calling it, appropriately, “The Cleaner.” He was motivated by the problem solving skills he learned at Camp Invention and inspired by the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge, which he felt was a complete waste of water. The invention recycles water that normally just goes down the drain by filtering it through multiple levels of sand, gravel, and charcoal. If you know a young inventor that wants to be inspired, register at www.campinvention.org.