Tectorian of the Week

tectorian-of-the-week - Feb 21

Makosinski shines on Fallon

You probably recognize Ann Makosinski as the 16 year Tectorian who gave a great keynote speech at the Discover Tectoria event last December.  From our stage to the Tonight Show, Makosinski was one of three young inventors featured on the Jimmy Fallon show as part of a segment called “Fallonventions.”

In a YouTube video explaining how she created the flashlight, Makosinski said she became interested in the area of “harvesting surplus energy” after learning “humans are a great source of untapped thermal energy.”

To produce enough power to turn on LED lights in the flashlight, Makosinski used four Peltier tiles to convert a temperature difference to electricity. If one side of the tile is heated by a human hand and the other exposed to cool air, electricity is produced.

Since winning the Google Science Fair last year, Makosinski and her invention have received international attention. The Grade 11 student at St. Michaels University School was named one of Time magazine’s 30 under 30 for 2013 and has given two TED Talks.

As she left the stage, Fallon said, “I’m going to work for her one day, I can feel it.”

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