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15-year-old advances in Google Science Fair with human-powered flashlight design


Ann Makosinski says her first childhood toy was a box of transistors.

Now, the 15-year-old from Victoria is getting international attention for a “human-powered flashlight” she’s invented—one powered by the heat of your hand.

The flashlight uses Peltier tiles, which produce electricity when heated on one side and cooled on the other. (A hollow pocket allows air to provide the cooling effect.)

Makosinski won a spot as the only Canadian in the finals of the Google Science Fair. She believes her invention could help remote communities where electricity isn’t always accessible—and it might even net her Google’s grand prize, a $50,000 scholarship.

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15-year-old advances in Google Science Fair with human-powered flashlight design

  1. Amazing what you get when you don’t restrict girls to pink dolls eh?

    • Emily….give it a rest! This whole notion that people force toys on their children is asinine and very offensive. I have female friends and one sister (out of five) who never played with dolls. The other friends, myself and my other sisters loved dolls. Do you honestly believe that a mother with nine children (6 of them girls) would “restrict” what her kids chose to play with….to ensure that the girls NEVER played with the boy’s toys? Where would she get the time?
      Despite your ridiculous notions, parents foster the desires of their children, especially in this day and age.

      • Sad but true….people do that. And I find the practice offensive.

        You’ve led a very sheltered life.

        • Yes, working in acute adult psychiatry for 18 years now….my what a sheltered life I’ve led! Hahahaha!
          I’ll bet you denied you children access to dolls and anything pink in your ridiculous assumption that somehow a parent is in charge of what a child gravitates toward.

          • Not everyone lives like a nurse in Calgary. There is a whole world out there that lives differently than you do.

            Albertans are very insular…provincial

          • I don’t live in Alberta and I find you very offensive

          • LOL a senior from BC has the same attitude….amazing.

          • So is this knowledge you have about “provincial and insular” Albertans based on your first-hand knowledge gained in 1968 when you lived on an air force base for 6 years in Cold Lake, Alberta.
            I KNOW there is a whole world that lives differently than I do. That is why I don’t tend to make ridiculous generalizations like you do, Emily. It is that lack of enlightenment you reveal in so many of your comments that leads me to believe that there is NO way you spent the amount of time you claim in the hallowed halls of higher education. No PhD or master’s educated individual that I have encountered ever spews such gross generalizations about entire populations based on geography.

          • LOL since then I’ve revisited the province, and we have these newfangled things called TV and the web. Somewhere along the line. Alberta lost it’s way. Steaming your oil seems to have done it.

            Oh…generalizations are a problem now eh? Like ‘pink aisles’ and the huge argument going on now about girls and how to raise them. The one you missed.

            And it’s not based on geography…..it’s based on attitude and belief…..it’s just that in Canada most of you are in Alberta. In the US its in the south….the old confederacy. A place of oil as well

          • Well, I guess we just can’t all be as enlightened and perfect as you Emily. Please, tell us all more about how fantastic the center of the Universe is.

          • It’s civilized. Try it sometime.

          • oh, Emily, your bigotry is showing yet again. I have to tell you, my niece was raised with pink and dolls an was raised close to the mormon colony where women aren’t allowed to even choose their husbands, but joined the armed forces right out of high school. she is an excellent marksman and warrant officer
            girls have brains and these days, are allowed to use them, in fact encouraged. perhaps all that pollution in Ontario has destroyed a few too many brain cells, Alberta and BC are far more civilized that the big TO. people out here actually talk to each other and treat each other with a little respect.