Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Human Interest

Genius? It's in the (sand)bag

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Kids today have plenty to worry about, from cyberbullying to getting into a good college to how much Axe body spray is too much. But after superstorm Sandy last year, Peyton Robertson had other things on his mind. The Fort Lauderdale 11-year-old recently captured the title of America's 2013 Top Young Scientist after winning the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. How? He built a better sandbag. "Living in Florida, I'm keenly aware of hurricanes and saltwater flooding," he told NBC News. His Sandless Operational Sandbag (SOS) is filled with a mixture of salt and an expandable polymer. When dry, it is lightweight, easy to move and easy to store. Once the bag is positioned, users hose it down with water. The polymer absorbs the water, swells and fills the volume of the bag. Peyton tested the bags in the bathtub and a kiddie pool, where they easily outperformed traditional sandbags. Super! Now, if he's not too busy auditioning for Shark Tank, can we put this kid on the Obamacare website problem?

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