Ann Makosinski is 15 years old, studying at St. Michaels University School and living in the city of Victoria, capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia.
The young scholar has gained the attention of many people around the world for creating a flashlight that uses the heat of the hand of the person holding it to generate the energy needed to turn on the LED lights.
The girl’s project was created to compete for the Google Science Fair, a contest promoted by the Mountain View giant with the goal of encouraging and rewarding the best innovations thought by students of various age groups.
Makosinski said in an interview with CBC that she is excited to present her project, which is one of 15 finalists, to Google’s judges. She said that she has participated in the contest in the last four years, always with new technologies related to alternative energy forms.
As for the idea of capturing human warmth and turning it into a flashlight power supply, the teenager explained that she thought of the device after learning about the Peltier thermoelectric pellets, which are capable of producing electricity when heated on one side and cooled on the other.
In September, Ann will head to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, to accompany the awards ceremony. The owner of the best project will earn US $ 50,000 to invest in his studies and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.