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Amy Walsh

Get to Know Ann Makosinski

Grades: 3rd Grade, 2nd Grade, 4th Grade
Subjects: Science, STEAM, Social Studies

Student Instructions

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For the duration of the month of May, we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Ann Makosinski was 15 when she invented a flashlight powered by body heat for the Google Science Fair in 2013. In doing so, she found a way to reduce waste (single-use batteries getting dumped in landfills) and provide light to people who can't afford electricity in their homes. Since then she has continued to make inventions that make big differences in our world. Today, you will learn more about Ann. Begin by clicking on the video to learn more about Ann. When you are done, click on the add. Today, you will be engineers yourself. Think of a problem you have seen in your world. What is it? What could you design to help solve this problem? Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and sketch out your ideas. Then use the video to record yourself and explain the problem you see, your invention, and how you think it would solve the problem. When you are done, click the check.