Innovative Minds: Snigtha

Engineering and Science University Magnet School | 8th grade | 13 years old

Ferro-Sponge: A Novel Way of Removing Microplastics and Oil from Water

About the Idea

Meet Snigtha. Snigtha discovered Ferro-Sponge, a novel way to remove microplastics and oil from contaminated water.

Why did you enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge?

I believe that the Young Scientist Challenge is one of the best ways to share my research. I believe that it is important to share my invention to help our world, and participating in the Young Scientist Challenge is one of the best ways to do that.

What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?

The Arduino. Arduino allows anyone to be able to develop and create their own ideas, even if they do not have any coding experience. Arduinos can also be used for various kinds of applications, ranging from items like a water level sensor to GPS units.

In 15 years I hope to be...

an environmental scientist so that I can contribute to giving back to the world. I would be able to conduct my own research and gather new findings that can help make our world a better place.

Our world has been deteriorating for so long because of the man-made products we put into it; we need to start working towards reversing these actions and giving back to our world.