Bioplastics - Redefining Future
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Kaien Yang
Chantilly, Virginia
2016 Finalist
NYSMITH SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED
13625 EDS DR
HERNDON, VA 20171-3226
7th grade | 14 years old
Meet Kaien. Kaien's invention focuses on creating a biodegradable plastic to help reduce pollution worldwide. Using a combination of natural biodegradable resources, Kaien believes his invention has the capability of solving the one of the world's most persistent problems.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I enter the Young Scientist Challenge to celebrate creative thinking, network with like-minded teens, and gain access to valuable mentors and educators. I look forward to seeking the opportunity to get my invention implemented.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
Dr. Benjamin Carson, previously the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, is my scientific role model. He invented my most admired innovation of the last 100 years; the procedure to separate occipital craniopagus twins. Previously, attempts to separate craniopagus twins always resulted in at least one death. However, he succeeded in keeping both babies alive during the Rausch Twin separation in which he combined a multitude of complex medical procedures including inducing hypothermia and blood tissue reconstruction to prevent exsanguination. This invention is significant because the inventor focused on the patient and does not settle for a suboptimal solution.
In 15 years I hope to be...
At age 13, I embrace many possibilities: to become a pediatric neurosurgeon who heals children with brain disease, to search for the cure for depression, or to develop robots that possess the intelligence capacity of a human brain and be the next generation of neurosurgeons, firefighters, librarians, and educators. I throw myself to this passion with unparalleled zeal, fostering the maturity to work on a breakthrough even though the discovery seems indefinitely remote and unattainable and developing the inner strength to accept failures along the way with fortitude.

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Kaien's favorite invention of the last 100 years is the procedure to separate occipital craniopagus twins. Kaien feels this invention is significant because the inventor focused on the patient and did not settle for a sub-optimal solution.
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