Innovative Minds: Maanasa Mendu

MASON MIDDLE SCHOOL | 8th grade | 13 years old

Enhancing Wind Power

About the Idea

Meet Maanasa. Maanasa hopes her invention helps make wind power a globally applicable energy source. She created a device utilizing piezoelectricity materials that are both eco-friendly and cost efficient.

Why did you enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge?

I entered the Young Scientist Challenge because it provided me an opportunity to share, and turn an amazing idea into reality.

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

My favorite invention of the last 100 years is the World Wide Web because it allows us to share, and access information all around the world.

In 15 years I hope to be...

A scientist involved in making our world a better place.

After learning that wind power only produces 4% of America’s energy, Maanasa entered the Young Scientist Challenge to help turn her idea into a reality. Maanasa believes her invention has the capability to provide electricity to the world in an environmentally friendly way.

Meet the Mentor

Margaux Mitera

3M Scientist

Collaboration is key to taking ideas further, and having the right tools can make all the difference.

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