Kaien Yang: Summer Road Trips

Kayaking on the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh this weekend, I couldn't help but marvel at the harmony of nature and science - the century-old Duquesne Incline, the Carnegie Science Museum, and the surrounding bridges. My mind raced to the many balsa wood bridges I built using the same engineering principles as the Fort Pitt Bridge.

My inspiration of most science projects comes from my road trips, where my imagination is set free. Witnessing a near-drowning incident at the Key West beach sparked my research of a robotic lifeguard. Performing violin concerts at the assisted living homes gave me the opportunity to discuss the concept of a robotic companion for seniors.

I decide to focus on two global problems: emissions caused by fossil fuel and petroleum-based plastic pollution. The potential to solve these two problems is awesome because they will benefit billions of people.

For now, I can't wait to take the next summer road trip and get inspired!