Six remarkable teen inventors from around the world compete in a prestigious science fair presenting their best ideas for creating lasting solutions for local environmental problems.
The state of our planet’s environment is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. In Monterrey, Mexico, high school students Jesus, Jose, and Fernando are concerned with the toxic levels of air pollution plaguing their city. Their solution? Develop a photocatalytic paint that turns harmful pollutants into helpful nutrients. Fueled by his love for nature, Jared Goodwin of Hilo, Hawaii, diligently tests the soil around his local pond looking for dangerous arsenic levels. Across the globe on the Indonesian Island of Bangka, home to a large offshore tin mining operation, Shofi Latifa Nuha Anfaresi looks for ways to reduce its harmful effects on the marine ecosystem and in Bangalore, India, Sahithi Pingali works tirelessly to develop a water testing system in her “City of 1,000 Lakes,” most of which are so deeply polluted they are uninhabitable to life. What these teenagers have in common is the drive to induce change at a higher level, and to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles. Director Laura Nix follows their passionate, suspenseful journeys from the development of their inventions to the nerve-wracking presentations at ISEF and suggests that this young generation will be the guiding force for real environmental change that is so desperately necessary.
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