Monday 21st August, 2017
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ANN showcasing her flashlight Filipino-Canadian Ann Makosinski caught media's attention after winning the 2013 Google Science Fair in the 15-16 age group category. She was named one of Time magazine's 30 Under 30 Youth Changing the World, and was featured on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," NBC News, PBS, Yahoo News and more. Makosinski has become an inspiration to youth around the world, showing that one can invent the future--with inspiration, curiosity and a desire to work towards a goal. Her claim to fame: a flashlight powe red solely by body heat, inspired by her friend from Mindanao who got failing grades in school because she couldn't spend time to study at home since there was no electricity. In an interview with NBC, Makosinski said, "When something happens to someone you know, it usually affects you more… It opens your eyes that something like this could happen to other people around the world." Having done science fair projects since Grade 6, Makosinski was spurred into action. She had to learn manual skills in a machine shop, winding tiny transformers and working with small electronic parts. She also sought help from experts; after three months of hard work in the lab, she was able to come up with a working flashlight. The flashlight makes use of Peltier tiles, which can produce a small amount of electricity when heated on one side by the palm of your hand or your forehead, and cooled on th...
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