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  • Massachusetts Science Fair Grand Prize
  • May 11, 2019

Anna Du received Grand Prize of 2019 Massachusetts Science Fair

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  • Smithsonion
  • Oct 23, 2018

This 12-Year-Old Girl Built a Robot That Can Find Microplastics In the Ocean

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 handle

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  • Huffington Post
  • Dec 3, 2018

A Huge Mystery About Ocean Plastics Remains Unsolved

...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...

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  • Cheddar TV
  • Oct 16, 2018

A 7th Grade Scientist Is on Mission to Clean Our Oceans

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.

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  • AccuWeather
  • Jul 17, 2018

12-year-old engineer invents device to combat ocean microplastic pollution

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.

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  • Stanford MAHB
  • Dec 27, 2018

Saving Our Oceans is My Planetary Duty: A MAHB Dialogue with 12-year-old Emerging Scientist Anna Du

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.

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Broadcom Masters 2018

Broadcom Masters 2018 Finalist

3M Discovery Young Scientist Challenge

Top 10 in YSC

8M Tonnes

Of plastics dumped into the ocean annually


Marine animals die every year because of plastics


First piece of plastic invented


Barrels of Crude Oil conserved whenever you recycle

Environmental Fun facts

Fact 1

Amount of Plastics

  • By 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean.

Fact 2

First Type of Plastic Created

  • Alexandar Parkes created the first piece of plastic in the 1860s called Parkesine.

Fun 3

Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Spectrometers used by recycling companies can cost $50,000!

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Welcome to Anna's Website


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.