When 11-year-old Peyton Robertson saw the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, he knew he had to help. But instead of volunteering or donating money, he decided to invent something -- a new type of sandbag that can help prevent saltwater flooding in future storms and disasters.
The difference is that his sandbags don’t actually contain any sand. Peyton explains that traditional sandbags are heavy, difficult to move and leave cracks where water can enter. Instead, he fills the bags with a mixture of polymer and salt.
“I used polymer because when you add it to water it expands,” Peyton explains.
Now Peyton’s invention is getting some major recognition. He was just awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” -- the youngest ever to win. Even engineers say his technology is the real deal.
Peyton hopes his sandbags can one day save lives and homes from floodwaters. As for his next projects, Peyton would like to preserve native fish populations and create a better wheelchair.