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WOMEN  INNOVATORS

Designer, YUCHEN CAI

Yuchen Cai has designed "FLOAT"

A glass car which floats and can connect magnetically with other pods so you can travel together in groups.

Her design won first place at Renault and the University of the Arts, London design competition.

Artist, Crystal Kaye

Crystal Kaye designs porcelain dolls for her collection called Kay Customz.

She has designed dolls which celebrate black women with their natural hair. Her dolls sport braids, twists and dreadlocks. However this September, Crystal added two new type of dolls, one with Vitiligo and another with Albanism. Vitiligo is the skin condition where the normal skin colour is replaced with white pigment free skin, in patches over the face and body.

 

She believes everyone should have a doll which is like them and reflects their beauty. For girls and women with these circumstances, this thoughtful and empathetic designer has made a huge difference in their lives.

Girls School Group From LA Invent a Solar Powered

Portable Tent for the Homeless

A group of 12 girls from San Fernando High School, North West of LA, have designed a solar powered tent for the homeless in their area. The girls who did not even know each other before this project, worked tirelessly, six days a week to come up wit this shelter.They were part of a school group 'DIY Girls', who received a $10,000 grant from MIT, to solve a real world problem via invention, and as homelessness had visibly increased in their area, they all decided that this  was the best problem they wanted to find a solution for. 

Homelessness in their area had risen a dramatic 36% from 2015-2016, causing the 7,100 individuals sleeping on the streets to result in a state of emergency being declared. As none of the girls had engineering or coding experience before, they utilised You Tube, Google and a lot of trial and error, to come up with their tent which had button powered lights, two USB ports, a micro USB port al which were powered through a tent which was potable enough to fold into a rollaway backpack!

Future plans even include adding a sanitising UVC light which will be on a countdown timer.

Being from a low income community themselves, they started a Go Fund Me page to raise money so all 12 girls could go to MIT in Boston, to Eureka Fest, where they will showcase their invention.

Source: HuffPost, UK Edition 19/06/2017 Written by Sophie Gallagher.

Gitanjali Rao, 11 Year Old from Tennessee, Invents Landmark

Water Quality Detection Device

Gitanjali Rao says "I believe that everyone has a right to know if their drinking water is safe or not.”Rao demonstrating her prototype. Credit: Fast Company11-year-old Gitanjali Rao had a vision of making water quality easier to detect. Her invention, the Tethys, uses carbon nanotube sensors to detect lead. The device connects to a mobile app to instantly report the water quality information. 

“Before I had the idea for my solution, I noticed articles about how there was no solution to detect lead in water that is fast, easy, and inexpensive,” Rao told Fast Company in an interview. Rao recently graduated from 6th grade at Brentwood Middle School in Brentwood Tennessee. Her invention earned her finalist placing in the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Credit: Young Scientist Lab

“Using carbon nanotube sensors similar to those developed by MIT and others–tiny carbon tubes a few billionths of a meter in diameter–to detect lead in water. A small Arduino processor (a simple computer kit) connects to the nanotubes, and a Bluetooth attachment sends the results to a smartphone. Nearly instantly, you can know if your water is safe to drink,” reports Fast Company.

With Flint, Michigan being the latest victim of contaminated water, the myriad of devastating health effects from lead poisoning have been felt by thousands. Outdated infrastructure biggest challenge faced by cities when it comes to combatting lead contamination. Extensive pipe systems are expensive and time-consuming to replace. 

Many places around the world would benefit from fast, accurate lead detection. A 2015 report estimated that 18 million people in the United States are currently using water systems with “unresolved lead violations.”

“I was appalled by the fact that there was no easy or effective solution. I did a little more research and I found out that Flint, Michigan wasn’t the only place with lead contamination. There were tons of places worldwide with water quality issues. I knew I wanted to solve this.”

Rao is currently working with a mentor at 3M to develop the invention for production. She hopes that one day it will retail for less than $20.00. The device is reusable, however the component that dips into the water would need to be replaced after each use. 

“I really am interested in making it into a product that people can buy,” she says. “I believe that it would make the process so much easier, and I believe that everyone has a right to know if their drinking water is safe or not.”

Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/11-year-old-invents-landmark-water-quality-detection-device/

Story By:Amelia Kinney  15th July 2017

VERONIKA SCOTT  Founder of 'The Empowerment Plan'

Veronika Scott, founder of ‘The Empowerment Plan’ , designed the ‘EMPOWR Coat’ initially for a college assignment, back in 2010. The coat is waterproof and is fully insulated and doubles as a sleeping bag. It was designed with the homeless of Detroit in mind, and when the jacket is opened out, it becomes a full adult sleeping bag; while also being able to be rolled up into an over the should sling bag in summer. In her many hours of on the job research in order to refine the design, she was made to realise that as nice and practical her coat/sleeping bag was, that what these people really needed was an opportunity to find a job, so they could find an home and no longer be homeless.

 

Her not for profit company was then formed, and now offers homeless women the opportunity to become skilled seamstresses, earning a liveable wage. Their regular paycheques then allows them to  secure permanent housing. She now employed over 34 previously homeless women, who together have made over 15,000 coats. This has also provided a valuable stepping stone for many of these women, who have moved on with their new business skills, to other employment. Countries overseas, including France, have also approached Veronica to look at making the coats/sleeping bags for them. 

 

What a truly amazing young woman, who is literally contributing to solving Detroits homelessness problems.

TINA HOUSEPIAN,  'Cardborigami'

Tina Hovsepian, is a qualified Architect, who graduated in 2009 from USC in California. Being familiar with LA’s Skid Row, Tina was always interested from a humanitarian point of view, how she could apply her knowledge of Architecture and design to come up with a solution to the homelessness crisis. From this idea, she developed Cardborigami, starting initially  as a study while at University, but she then continued on to form a not-for-profit business with a friend. The positive feedback and interest that Tina has received for her temporary shelters from all over the world has been amazing.

 

Tina combined the idea of origami paper folding, with cardboard to give the structure strength. The use of cardboard means the structures are lightweight, cheap ( they use recycled cardboard) and therefore easy to assemble and transport, while also being insulting as a result of the air being trapped naturally via the design and manufacture of the cardboard. While not a permanent housing solution they do have a lightweight rain resistance on the outside covering, and so they can provide protection from the elements, making it particularly good as a way of housing people in disaster relief situations.

 

Knowing that the accomodation although extraordinarily useful is only temporary, she has combined it with a program that employs homeless youth to work at manufacturing the shelters, which has then allowed themselves to get off the streets and into employment and permanent housing. What a fabulous wonderous women! Tina is like many women not only intelligent, creative and innovative, but she also has compassion and wants, just  like ‘Wonderous Women’, to elevate and improve the world for all people. 

KILLING BACTERIA WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS

A Melbourne phD student, Malaysian born Shu Lam, from The University of Melbourne, along with her research team, has found an innovative way of killing infectious bacteria, using nano technology. Using a star shaped molecule, created by nano engineering, they have been able to target and disrupt  specifically targeted bacteria. Once the target is found in the body, the molecule starts to break apart the cell wall with its sharp pointed shape. As the healthy cells are not the target of this molecule, they are left undamaged and in tack.

 

This will be especially beneficial in cases where antibiotics are not available, due to multi resistance, creating what is colloquially termed 'super-bugs'. It is also a very important new technology, as we have been experiencing  a period for some time, where bacteria were becoming immune to the traditional types of antibiotics, due in large part to over prescription and incorrect usage, where people did not take the entire course of antibiotics. This caused Doctors to seriously reassess when and how antibiotics would be used for ill patients. It was feared that there would become a time, in the not to distant future, when we would run out of antibiotics which were still effective. However this kind of new technology can allow Medics world wide to breathe a collective sigh of relief. 

 

This was initially reported by The Telegraph UK and then by Ehsan Knopf  of 'Good news' 9news.com.au

LET'S TURN BULLYING ON ITS HEAD
An Animation, witten and produced by Judith Taylor

 When I was a Teacher, teaching topics on bullying, it became obvious that almost no one gets through this life without having experienced being bullied! When I asked a class of students, who had ever been bullied, 90% or more put their hands up! Even I was a bit shocked at the overwhelming affirmative response.

 

 My own 3 children had also at one time or another  been bullied, and I could see the long term emotional scars and damage it does to a person's self esteme. But it is important to remember that being bullied does not only happen to children in school. If you think about it, as adults we are often bullied by work colleagues, bosses, government departments, big corporations, boards and even politicians, about what we can say, think and do. Just think about the bullying of parents today, to have to vaccinate their children regardless of their own personal beliefs or educated research.

 

This applies equally to all of us, young or old.


Repairing the effects of bullying is a long and difficult process! So I decided to put my mind and intuition to figure out how to stop it. It occurred to me that the bullies behaviour is hard enough to catch, let alone stop. The person being bullied, has usually tried every piece of advice from well meaning friends and 'experts', to no avail. But what was never discussed in trying to stop bullying, was the power we the good people had, by virtue of our sheer numbers, to turn the tide on this insidious behaviour.

 

That's where, "Let's Turn Bullying On It's Head" was born.

FOUR AFRICAN SCHOOLGIRLS INVENT A URINE POWERED GENERATOR

Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa in 2012 in Lagos, was a urine powered generator. It was created by four African schoolgirls, Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).

They found that 1 Liter of urine could give you 6 hours of generated electricity!Perfect for places in Africa, where electricity to homes is a luxury not enjoyed by many.


This is how the generator works:

  • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.

  • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.

  • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.

  • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

Along the whole way there are one-way valves for security, but let’s be honest that this is something of a potentially explosive device, especially in the hot African climate. It's use would be advised for outside the home.

Well done girls!
 

This story was taken from
http://makerfaireafrica.com/2012/11/06/a-urine-powered-generator/

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