Young inventor creates ocean-cleaning robot to hunt down microplastics

A 13-year-old girl has developed a water-cleaning robot that can help clean up plastic litter in the ocean.

Anna Du, a sixth-grade student from Massachusetts, is in the beginning stages of a robot that can help clean up plastic litter. Her smart underwater to identify plastic, including microplastics.

The young girl’s inspiration to create a cleanup solution of her own came when she wasn’t able to pick up all the pollution at the Boston Harbor. She wanted an easier process to retrieve the trash, creating a robot that uses underwater infrared light to track down microplastics. As development continues, she hopes the machine will have the ability to pick this trash up.

The sixth-grader is one of 10 finalists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Anna Du is also hoping to create a machine, in the near future, that can capture and remove the plastic it finds.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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