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Why We Should Be Teaching Kids to Code

Guest Contributor Celine Perea is the Instructional Technology Coach at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colo. * * * While most kids were busy playing with apps, Nick D’Aloisio was busy developing them. The 17-year-old British entrepreneur sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo! in March for close to $30 million, and instantly became one of the world’s youngest self-made tech millionaires. In February, Zora Ball presented her new app at the University of Pennsylvania’s Bootstrap Expo. At age 7, was proclaimed the youngest person ever to create an app.... Read More

Teen’s Invention Could Change Your Charge

An 18 year-old high school student from California won $50,000 last week for creating an energy storage device that can be fully charged in under 30 seconds. “My cell phone battery always dies,” said Eesha Khare, echoing a sentiment that we all share. But instead of just shrugging her shoulders, Eesha put her problem-solving skills to work. She created a supercapacitor, which is a device that packs a lot of energy into a very tiny space. It also charges quickly and holds that charge for a very long time —... Read More

Meet This 15 Year-Old Cancer Fighter

The trouble with pancreatic cancer — best known for claiming tech icon Steve Jobs last year — is that it kills 19 out of 20 sufferers within five years. Why? Because it’s always been very difficult to detect until much too late. Enter Jack Andraka, a 15 year-old from Crownsville, Maryland. Jack has devised a simple dip-stick test that is 28 times faster, 28 times cheaper, and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Its efficacy could save millions of lives, and its potential has already earned Jack $75,000 in... Read More

America’s Top Young Scientist is 14 Years Old

When it comes to bright ideas and serious innovation, there’s no minimum age requirement. Ninth-grader Deepika Kurup recently won the label of America’s Top Young Scientist — and a cool $25,000 as well — in a contest created by Discovery Education and 3M. The New York native designed a sustainable, solar-powered water purification system that could help solve a major global problem. You see, there are roughly a billion people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. There are purification systems available for some, but... Read More