We might've just met the most ambitious Canadian teen ever!
16-year-old Ann Makosinski won second place in a local science fair with the invention of a flashlight powered solely by hand heat—inspired by a friend from the Philippines who didn't have electricity, and was failing school because of it!
And after winning the prestigious 2013 Google science fair (which her teacher convinced her to apply), she's on her way to changing the world for the better and brighter.
But how does it work?!
Ann began experimenting with Peltier tiles—which produce electrical currents when opposite sides are heated and cooled at the same time!
So she thought, "Hey, people radiate a ton of heat and energy. I bet I can make this work!"
Not her exact words, but you get the gist!
Ann picked up a $25,000 scholarship prize for winning her age group at Google, and has since given three TEDx talks and appeared on The Tonight Show.
Although her product is not ready for selling (it only puts out 24 lumens, when a commercial flashlight outputs hundreds) she's on her way to making it available and affordable to everyone, which is awesome.
THIS IS THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD, praise!
You rock, Ann!
Ch-ch-check out the video she sent off to Google, thus winning their competition…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
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