28 Jun '18, 6pm

12-Year-Old Girl Invents Plastic-Detecting Robot to Save Our Oceans

12-Year-Old Girl Invents Plastic-Detecting Robot to Save Our Oceans

12-Year-Old Girl Invents Plastic-Detecting Robot to Save Our Oceans For 12-year-old Anna Du a love of the ocean and marine animals inspired her to build a device that hunts for microplastics . These tiny plastic particles are barely visible to the naked eye, but they pollute aquatic ecosystems around the world, posing a serious threat to marine life. "One day when I was at Boston Harbor, I noticed there was a lot of plastics on the sand, I tried picking some up, but there seemed to be so many more, and it just seemed impossible to clean it all up," the sixth grader from Andover, Massachusetts, told Boston 25 News . So Du created an underwater ROV, or remotely operated vehicle, that uses infrared to detect microplastics in the ocean. Courtesy of Anna Du "I hope to be able to spatially map where microplastics are accumulating," she told Fast Company . Du chose infrared not o...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-pollution-solutions-inve...

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