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Can we save the ocean?

Bryan Slat working on his idea in his bedroom office. Photo courtesy of The Ocean Clean Up

Boyan Slat working on his idea in his bedroom office.
Photo courtesy of The Ocean Clean Up

Level 3

Boyan Slat says, ”Yes, we can!”

Who is Boyan Slat?

Boyan Slat is 21 years old. He lives in the Netherlands.

Boyan started thinking about how to clean up the ocean when he was 16 years old. His family was on vacation near Greece. He liked to swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

He noticed a problem in the water

Download and read the story.

Watch the project grow on this video, Ocean Cleanup – The Beginning
Go to the Ocean Cleanup website to learn more

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A young inventor


At 15 years old, Ann Makosinski invented
a special flashlight.
Photo by Wayne leidenfrost/The Province

A young inventor
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

Listen to “A young inventor” – Level 3
Reading by Corey Muench

Ann Makosinski is a young inventor.
She and her flashlight are famous.
The Victoria, B.C., teenager won
a top prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair.
She has been in Time Magazine and on TV.
Ann also talks to groups around the world.

Ann’s “Hollow Flashlight” runs
on body heat.
The body makes energy equal to
a 100 watt light bulb.
“I thought, why not body heat?
We have so much heat …
and it’s being wasted,” says Ann.

As a child, Ann made her own toys.
She calls herself a tinkerer.

Ann’s idea for her flashlight
Ann’s friend in the Philippines failed school.
Without light, her friend could not study at night.
Ann wanted to help.

Ann’s goal is to start a company.
She wants to create other products.
She is working on a mobile phone charger.
The charger gets heat from a cup of coffee.

In September, Ann started school at UBC.

Tinkerer – someone who likes to experiment with things