This National Science Week, we’ve been out around Sydney with the Game Changers Show. We’ve talked about people who changed the way we operate – from Archimedes to Elon Musk, Ada Lovelace to Elizabeth Blackburn. But we’ve been being asked the most questions about the final three discoveries we mention in the show. So we’ve collated together some extra information about these discoveries for you!
Shubham Banerjee and Braigo.
Shubham saw a problem – that access to information was limited for visually impaired people, because there were barriers to them accessing Braille content. So, armed with an EV3 Mindstorms robot (like the ones we use in our Lego Robotics program[LINK}) and parts from an old printer, he set about solving that problem. He created it for a Science Fair project when he was 13 years old. With help from his family he went on to found Braigo Labs, to further develop these ideas and make content more readily accessible to the visually impaired.
Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao breaking down phthalates.
While in 12th grade Miranda and Jeanny went searching for a way to biodegrade plastic -- specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found the answer in a bacteria from their local river.
Plastic pollution in the oceans is a huge global problem, and these two scientists have the beginnings of a viable solution for at least part of it. They have a prototype for breaking down polystyrene into CO2 and water, and they see their technology being used in two ways–first, for landfill and beach cleanups, and, second, to create a secondary product to be used in textile manufacturing.
Sabrina “the new Einstein” Pasters
By the time Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski was 13, she had learned how to fly a plane, built her own aircraft, and flown it solo.
Her application for early admission to MIT was denied and she was rejected by Harvard. She was admitted to MIT off the waitlist and eventually graduated after 3 years as the first girl to win the MIT Physics Orloff Scholarship award, and tied for the top overall GPA at MIT Institute-wide with a 5.0. She is currently working on her PhD at Harvard, where she has been granted complete academic freedom to study whatever she would like.
Further information: Physics Girl
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