Peyton Robertson, 11, named “America’s Top Young Scientist”

by Rachel Baker on October 11, 2013

The eleven year old who designed a better sandbag, filled with a mixture of salt and an expandable polymer, has been named America’s Top Young Scientist.

An 11-year-old boy from Florida has designed a new kind of sandbag to better protect life and property from the ravages of saltwater floods. His invention took top honors at a science fair this week, earning him a $25,000 check and a trip to Costa Rica.

“Living in Florida, I’m keenly aware of hurricanes and saltwater flooding,” the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge grand prize winner Peyton Robertson, who is a sixth grader at the Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., told NBC News.

“Super-storm Sandy really got me concerned about how people can prepare for that damage from flooding. But today, the most common method of flood protection is sandbags. They are really heavy and difficult to transport and leave gaps in between the bags. So, I redesigned the bag,” he explained.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/11-year-old-designs-better-sandbag-named-americas-top-young-8C11371015

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