Teamwork makes the dream work. Just ask Florian and Aanya, eighth graders from Illinois. When their teacher realized they had the same idea for an invention, she saw an opportunity for collaboration.
“Florian and I were in different STEAM classes,” Aanya explained. “We were able to move some of our classes around so we could work together on our idea.”
Their idea was to create a more efficient and environmentally friendly energy source for electric cars. It was something they’ve thought about separately for years. But it took them joining forces to set their invention in motion. Florian and Aanya put their heads together and came up with the ChargAir, a device that attaches to the top of an automobile and uses the wind to generate electricity.
“Cars, even electric cars, cause pollution,” Florian stated. “Our invention has a propeller and fin that captures wind energy and turns it into power.”
The ChargAir won Florian and Aanya the Koch Young Visioneer Award and a trip to the SRG Global Innovation Center, where they left quite an impression.
“I felt so proud of myself, just being there on the stage and getting the award [at Invention Convention]. Then we learned about the trip. Now we’re here at SRG Global and I just want to learn and try everything. I can’t wait to iterate upon our invention," Aanya said.
“When I look at their invention, I see functional intelligence, design flexibility and vehicle efficiency,” said David Dunford, VP of engineering, tooling and innovation at SRG Global. “And of course a focus on environmental health and safety which is really important to everyone, including us.”
During their SRG Global experience, Florian and Aanya tested a variety of propeller designs, created a logo and learned how they could expand on their ideas.
“This experience has been really encouraging for us. We saw a lot of interesting things. Now we can go back and make the ChargAir 100 times better,” Florian said.