Innovative Minds: Parker Welsh

Tonganoxie Middle School | 7th grade grade | 12 years old

Clean Coal Energy System

About the Idea

In my project, I solved how to use bacteria to absorb carbon dioxide emissions produced by coal power plants while also producing additional electricity. First CO2 is absorbed by the Chlorobaculum Tepidum. C. Tepidum then releases extracellular ATP which can be put through hydrolysis producing electricity.

Why did you enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge?

I entered the Young Scientist Challenge because I love coming up with creative ways to solve difficult problems and this challenge was a great way to do that while also being able to share my ideas.

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

My favorite invention in the past 100 years is cochlear implants because they allow people who would’ve spent their whole lives unable to hear a chance to experience a new part of life. For example, my mom and brother wouldn’t be able to hear if it wasn’t for this great invention.

In 15 years I hope to be...

In 15 years I hope to be a professor in a field of science such as physics or biology. I love explaining different science concepts and I also love doing research and coming up with solutions to problems both of which are things professors do frequently making it the perfect job for me.

“Most revolutionary ideas are not created from scratch, they are made by connecting lots of great ideas, building on the groundwork made beforehand.”