This 15-Year-Old Girl Could Be The Nation's Top Young Scientist

A 15-year-old girl developed a prototype probe that may make her the nation's top young scientist

According to The Daily Good, Hannah Herbst from Boca Raton, Fla., won first place in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

She developed a prototype probe that converts the movement of the ocean's currents into energy, and it only costs $12 to make. 

Herbst beat out nine other middle-school finalists and was awarded a $25,000 prize.

The Daily Good reports that her energy probe consists of a 3D-printed propeller, a pulley, and a hydroelectric generator, which converts the movement of the ocean into usable energy.

She created the project while writing to a 9-year-old pen pal living in Ethiopia.

Through letters, she learned that her friend's family did not have a reliable source of power or electricity

"I really want to end the energy poverty crisis and really help the other methods of renewable energy collection to generate more power and to make our world a better place for everyone," Herbst said.

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Photo Credit: Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Facebook