Can we ask that Neil deGrasse Tyson bring along 12-year-old Peyton Robertson whenever he gives a talk about science and discovery? Peyton won the 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his work creating a sandless sandbag to better defend structures against flood damage, becoming the youngest person to earn the $25,000 prize.
“Peyton’s invention of a more efficient sandbag to reduce salt water flood damage captured our judges’ attention,” the judges wrote. “But it was his commanding delivery, innovative thinking, and sound grasp of the scientific method which captured him the title.”
Check out the video below to hear Peyton define the problem, create a hypothetical solution, run a good experiment and lay out his results. For his infectious enthusiasm for empiricism and solving problems, Txchnologist votes for Robertson to be the poster child for a brighter future.
All gifs created from Youtube video. Courtesy The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.