Plastic waste has turned out to be such a critical issue, even a middle school student knows it's a staggering assignment. Anna Du, a 6th grade student from Massachusetts, is in the starting phases of a robot that can help tidy up plastic littler. It follows some of the other amazing entrepreneurial efforts to eliminate plastic waste, as Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup venture.

Du's motivation to make her very own cleanup solution came when she couldn't get all the contamination at the Boston Harbor. She needed a simpler procedure to remove the waste, making a robot that uses underwater infrared light to find microplastics. As improvement proceeds, she trusts the machine will be able to lift this trash up.

There's been collaborative efforts like Litterati to help gather a wide range of contamination in our environment and gives interesting information, for example, how much garbage can be found in a region and it can can link what companies are responsible. Du's project, in the first stage, looks to give us further information of exactly how awful our seas are dirtied when it identifies plastic waste.

Du told WSB Radio:

"One day when I was at Boston Harbor, I noticed there was a lot of plastics on the sand, I tried picking some up, but there seemed to be so many more, and it just seemed impossible to clean it all up."

Plastic contamination in our waters keeps on being a significant issue. Just a segment of it is brought about by boats - 80 percent of it originates from urban runoff, for example, when it overwhelms from our waste jars, dump trucks, or landfills. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch keeps on gathering enough contamination to be bigger than countries like France. In general, there's more than five trillion pieces of plastic in the sea.

The task was entered in a Young Scientist Lab challenge, made by Discovery Education and 3M. Du ended up being one of the 10 finalists and is guided by one of the 3M researchers, Dr. Ann Fornof. Fornof is a propelled research authority with a Ph.D in macromolecular science that popularizes the company's products.

Du would like to make a cleaning system that has a comparative effect to Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup machine. Throughout the following five years, it's expected to tidy up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This late spring, Slat is intending to dispatch the primary cleanup system and most recently has successfully conducted towing tests.

Du told the Young Scientist Lab in a Q&A:

“[In 15 years, I hope to be an] engineer because I love the ocean and marine animals, and I want to do something to help. In the future, with my engineering, I hope to be able to save people with all of my inventions.”

Various other unique project made the cut at the Young Scientist Lab challenge. Leo Wylonis from Pennsylvania is attempting to restrain artificial muscles. Theodore Jiang from California is making another cell phone case that is ready to create power from finger taps on the screen, basically charging while you message, or as he calls it, "textricity."