OK, here's a list of things I was not doing when I was 16.
Running in marathons. (I didn't start doing this until my 30s.)
Knitting. (I learned in my 20s)
Writing books. (30s)
Developing a new biofuel that could potentially change the world's dependence on oil. (Um, I have never even come close to doing that.)
From the Tampa Bay Times:
For a fifth-grade science fair, Evie Sobczak found that the acid in fruit could power clocks; she connected a cut-up orange to a clock with wire and watched it tick. In seventh grade, she generated power by engineering paddles that could harness wind. And in eighth grade, she started a project that eventually would become her passion: She wanted to grow algae and turn it into biofuel.
Sobczak recently won first place at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair for her project, officially titled, Algae to Oil via Photoautotrophic Cultivation and Osmotic Sonication. Sobczak explains her project further in this video for Intel:
I really believe algae could be our next fuel source because it doesn’t take a lot of land and it doesn’t take away from our food source. And if you use my processes, you don’t use any chemicals, so it’s not harming our environment. I live in Florida, so we have a lot of algae problems, so I thought why not use something negative to help our world?
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