Do you know what happens when you let kids think outside the box? When you teach them to come up with their own solutions to problems rather than force them to apply cookie-cutter solutions to their questions?
You get kids like Peyton Robertson, the 12-year-old scientist who now has three patents pending. His most recent invention earned him the title of "America's 2013 Top Young Scientist" and helped him win the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
So what was the invention that earned Peyton so much attention? He redesigned the traditional sandbag used during floods so that it is lighter, more efficient, and best of all — reusable. And his idea is so simple — it's amazing to me that it took so long for someone to think of it. Watch as Peyton describes how it works:
He lays out all of the details of these inventions — and even recruits Ellen as a business partner — in this video:
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