10 children who change the world with their ideas and inventions

Jack Andraka

This boy was born in 1997 (in Men in Black). He was just an ordinary child until he died of a close family friend pancreatic cancer. This painful event inspires Jack. He tries to find a way to determine the early stages of cancer.

At the age of 15, he discovered a new type of sensor that detected the presence of cancer cells that gave cheaper, faster (x168), and more accurate (25-50%) results than all other tests. But at the end of this meeting, Dr. John Hopkins. Approved by Anirban Maitra, it was rejected by nearly 200 laboratories.


Ann Makosinski

In 2013, a 16-year-old Canadian high school student created the Hollow Flashlight, a hand-held flashlight that turns body heat into light without any battery or kinetic energy. He was deeply impressed when he learned that a friend in the Philippines had trouble at school: he had to do his homework at night, but there was no light at home.

Ann spent only 26 dollars for the prototype materials and aims to present the invention to people in developing countries free of charge.


Alex Deans

Born in 1997 (a really productive year), Alex created iAid, a navigation device to help blinds (at age 12). One time a blind woman helped her cross the street and told her that this blind woman was not a device to help her walk independently in her neighborhood.

Alex first taught himself how to program. And he created iAid, a hand-held navigation device that uses GPS and compass to identify any obstacles nearby and point the blind people in the right direction.


Malala Yousafzai

The youngest person to receive the Nobel Prize was born in Pakistan. SHe lived in a small town governed by the Taliban, which forbade girls from getting any education or going to school. At the age of 11, she writes a blog for a local BBC station and says that girls want to continue their education.

By the time she was 15, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while boarding a bus station. she was rescued from attack and sent to a hospital where she lived in England, where she conducted many educational projects.


Anne Frank

Anne Frank wrote the Young Girl’s Diary, one of the world’s most well-known books. The family managed to hide for 2 years against the persecution of the time, but eventually arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp.

She died in a camp just 16 months old just a few months before the war began. She diary was published by her father in 1952 and was translated into over 60 languages. She wanted to be a journalist, but her life was not long enough to witness even if her journal was published.


Elif Bilgin

16 years old, she has developed a process that makes a girl of bioplastics from banana peels finally after 2 years of research and unsuccessful attempts to Turkey. This is an important discovery that could potentially reduce petroleum-based pollution.

A magazine learned that Thailand threw 200 tons of banana shells a day and called for better use of them. He started the experiment and won the 2013 Science Action Award (Google’s $ 50,000 contest).


Boyan Slat

A 16-year-old Dutch teenager was shocked to find a plethora of plastic materials at sea while diving in Greece. High school opted to explore ocean pollution as a science project. At the age of 18, he presented a system that uses ocean currents, reducing the ocean cleaning process.

A number of organizations and companies have extinguished his invention. Boyan is the youngest person to receive the UN’s greenest prize.


Louis Braille

Most likely you have heard of Braille reading and writing system of visually impaired people. Louis Braille was created by a 15-year-old French inventor. When Louis is 3 years old, he experiences eye injury and becomes blind.

Despite his blindness, he was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Royal Institute for Blind Youth for his education. There he began to work on a system that would help him to write and read quickly for the blind and offered it to his 15 year old peers.


Easton LaChappelle

A 14 year old boy made his first robot hand using LEGO and fishing wire. Using 3D printing technology and robotic knowledge, they have tried to make their prototype an affordable and practical device.

As a result, NASA has shown great interest in his work and invited him to join the Robonaut team. He is only 17 years old and has already started working for NASA. It’s a pretty impressive resume!


Philo Farnsworth

A successful 14-year-old farm student from chemistry and physics department once consulted a specific idea that he thought of his teacher in high school. The idea was very complicated, the management had to draw a diagram for readings later to convince the board.

The child was encouraged to continue working on the idea. Seven years later, in 1927, Philo Farnsworth developed and patented the world’s first fully electronic television.

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