This 14-year-old was just named ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ for her invention that pulls power from the ocean


Hannah Herbst, an eighth grader in Boca Raton, Florida, just became America’s Top Young Scientist.

The 14-year-old designed and built a small turbine she calls BEACON, for Bringing Electricity Access to Countries Through Ocean Energy Collection.

“Shortly after school began,” Herbst wrote in a blog post for the contest, “I received a letter from my nine-year-old pen pal in Ethiopia, Africa. She wrote about how she has no access to lights, a steady flow of fresh water to drink, and other basic necessities. I recognized that her situation was not unique and believed that I could use the skills I acquired to take action in an attempt to mitigate the global energy crisis.”



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