Anna Du was walking along Castle Island’s beach in South Boston when she noticed plastic scattered on the shoreline. She reached down to pick it up, and quickly realized there was many more tiny pieces than she could handleRead more
...A 7th grader has taken a stab at creating such technology. Anna Du at the Andover School of Montessori in Massachusetts built an underwater remote-operated-vehicle (ROV) to look for microplastics dispersed throughout oceans...Read more
Twelve-year-old Anna Du built a robot to help remove the 150 million metric tons of plastic waste from our oceans. She joins CBN to discuss her ambitions.Read more
Saving the planet’s oceans from plastic pollution isn’t on the agenda of a typical 12-year-old. However, sixth-grade inventor Anna Du is working to achieve just that.Read more
Anna Du has been named one of the top ten students in the US, by 3M’s America’s Young Scientist Challenge, as well as being selected as one of the top 30 science fair students in the nation by the Broadcom Masters Program. Her invention of an underwater ROV, used to collect plastics in the oceans, and other accolades have been featured by Discovery Education, FOX-TV 25 News, Fast Company and Smithsonian Magazine. News about her achievements have been translated to numerous languages around the world. Anna looks forward to continuing her work and aspires to attend MIT one day to become a Woods Hole oceanographer.Read more
By 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean.
Alexandar Parkes created the first piece of plastic in the 1860s called Parkesine.
Spectrometers used by recycling companies can cost $50,000!
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The ocean fills up over 70% of Earth’s surface.
Plastics are synthetic polymers that can take hundreds of years to break down in the ocean.
Infrared spectroscopy is commonly used by recycling companies to clean up plastics.