12-Year-Old Peyton Robertson Develops Ingenious Polymer Sandbag for Flood Defense

video via Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Last fall twelve-year-old Peyton Robertson became the youngest person to win the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with his ingenious polymer sandbag. The sandbag, which Robertson developed for flood protection, contains an expandable polymer that fills the bag when wet. Robertson designed it to be slightly denser than salt water so the bag can withstand storm surges. Robertson has a total of three inventions with patents pending, including a temperature stabilized golf ball that he designed when he was eight. Robertson describes the polymer sandbag in this video submitted to the Young Scientist Challenge and talks about his inventions in this charming clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and this TED interview.

video via The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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