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July 28, 2015 AT 9:00 am

Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World’s Problems #makereducation

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We love this interview from SmithsonianDigital with teenage inventor Alexis Lews!

Alexis Lewis, a 15-year-old inventor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, wants children across the country to know that an inventor isn’t something you have to be when you grow up; they can be one now. Lewis holds a patent for a wheeled travois—a triangular load-carrying device with a bamboo frame and a bed of netting that she designed to serve Somali refugees, who need to transport their children many miles to camps and hospitals. Her patent-pending emergency mask pod is a football-shaped canister with protective gear that firefighters and first responders can throw through a window of a smoke-filled building to those trapped inside.

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