3 astounding teen innovators of 2014
Three amazing teen innovators are already changing the world they live in.
It’s only the middle of 2014, but three teen innovators have unleashed their ideas on a world hungry for technology and energy solutions. Both have managed to harness simple ideas with the potential to change the world, especially in places where two basic commodities, energy and lighting, may be hard to come by. One teen has even had to flee his native country after being accused of “protesting the government” with his pioneering work.

Many hands make light work

16-year-old Ann Makosinski has already won an innovators award for 2014 for her ingenious design: a thermoelectric flashlight which will allow students whose homes are without electricity at night to study, according to betakit.com.

The teen came up with the idea after she visited the Philippines where she found students unable to study as a result of having no electricity at night. She designed a flashlight which generates electricity using body heat from a user's hands. She was awarded with the Weston Youth Innovation Award, and is currently working on an improved design to her flashlight which would allow the users to wear them on their heads.

In the running

15-year-old Angelo Casimiro isn’t taking life sitting down: he has designed running shoes capable of generating enough electricity to charge a cell phone. His device is still in early development, but it looks like it will also encourage exercise- so far two hours of playing basketball generates enough power to charge a phone for ten minutes! He’s sure to go far! [via FileHippo]

Watch: Generating Electricity by Walking, via YouTube/TechBuilder

Defecting designer

17-year-old Abdulla Asem chose to defect to the US after attending a science fair in May. The teen had been beaten and verbally abused by Egyptian government representatives after they noticed his Facebook remarks. According to Venturebeat, he was invited to attend the US science fair based on his work in developing a system which uses eyeglasses and motion sensors which helps quadriplegics to control a computer using eye movements.

Maybe your teen has an idea which could potentially change the world. Are you encouraging your child and providing the resources necessary? Creativity, academic development and energy are all buzzing inside teens between the ages of 13 and 18, so why not make the most of your child's potential by supporting those (sometimes crazy) ideas...

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