This 12-year-old boy is amazing and a testament to the important role of science and math in a school’s curriculum. While Posnack can’t claim him as their own, Peyton can and will inspire students everywhere to challenge themselves and apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life problem solving. Share Peyton’s story with your children and encourage them to brainstorm to create their own innovative solutions to everyday challenges. All it takes is the right combination of education, encouragement, and enthusiasm – and as Dr. Seuss once said, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”
When 12-year-old Peyton Robertson sees a problem, he is going to fix it. So when the young scientist noticed a perennial problem in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida –flooding during the region’s nasty hurricane season – he set to work building a better sandbag.
Peyton’s sandbag contains an expandable polymer that’s lightweight and easy to transport when dry, but that becomes a dense solution to hold bags firmly in place when it’s wet. He also added a dash of salt – an addition that makes the solution in the bags heavier than approaching seawater. And to eliminate the gaps between sandbags that tend to let some water through, he designed an interlocking fastener system that holds the bags in place as the polymer expands. As the bags dry after the storm, they return to their original state so they can be reused.
The ingenious sandbag (and Peyton’s “commanding delivery…
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