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Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives?

Meet Jessica, a real power player: she invented a soccer ball that generates electricity when you kick it. Play a quick game of soccer with your friends, and you can power your household light for an entire evening.

Jessica tested her idea in South Africa and Kenya. Now she has her own company called sOccket to help her spread her big idea all over the world. And she's not the only young social innovator changing where and how we can get power.

Meet Hugo, born and raised in South Africa. He makes technology that allows anyone, anywhere to make electricity from dirt in their own backyard. To share his solution, Hugo started a company called Lebone -- pronounced [La - bo - ney] -- it's the Northern Sotho word for light, lamp, or candle.

Your LEARN mission this week is to figure out: Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives? Find someone working on a creative electricity project, or a sustainable energy project -- and tell the network about their big idea.

Find the power players:

Try searching "social entrepreneur" and "electricity", OR "social innovation" and "energy", OR "sustainable energy" and "creative solution". Whose great idea can YOU discover?

Your objective:

Find a POWER PLAYER: someone who is working on an amazing electricity or sustainable energy project. Share your discovery with the network in a blog post, photo or video.

This objective is worth +3 knowledge share.

Get credit for your evidence! After you submit your evidence in a blog post, photo or video, go to the newly posted evidence page and log your evidence for this objective. Then you'll receive credit on your profile page!


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Comment by Charles Schwartz on October 19, 2012 at 1:56am

Jessica is a genius. I think her idea should also be used in other sports such as baseball, football, lacrosse, or even tennis. I cant believe how huge of an impact this has made on people's lives in South Africa and Kenya. I have a flashlight that only lights up if you twist it's lever. So by twisting the lever really fast for one minute it can shine light up to ten minutes. This is another great example of sustainable energy.

Comment by Martha Wilber on October 19, 2012 at 1:23am

I couldn't find this online but everytime i drive to my grandmas house we pass this store in jasper GA called bikes adn trikes and they have electrics bikes and tricycles. They are like motorcycles but with three wheels. I think it's neat how they're advertising a greener way to commute!

Comment by Lauren Keen on October 19, 2012 at 1:17am

I think Jessica's invention amazing. With a simple everyday object she changed the world. She made a huge impact on South Africa and Kenya without her they might not have electricity but with her invention they can sometimes electricity! That is a huge difference from where they were!

Comment by Olivia Koenig on October 19, 2012 at 1:07am

I think that this is an amazing idea! It's incredible that students, just like us, all across the world, are finding out new ways to help the world be a better place. One example of another person doing something like this is the many inventors and innovators in Africa. They create new ways for African women and children to safely transport the water without using their own energy.

Comment by Jacky Martinez on October 18, 2012 at 10:26pm

Comment by Jacky Martinez on October 18, 2012 at 10:26pm

Comment by Jacky Martinez on October 18, 2012 at 10:26pm

Comment by Jacky Martinez on October 18, 2012 at 10:26pm

I think this is an amazing idea. I love playing soccer. in one game of soccer people kick the ball a lot of times. So we can power an apartment in like one game.

Comment by Adileni Maldonado on October 18, 2012 at 10:14pm

I love Jessicas idea of the power generating soccer ball. Especially since my family loves to play soccer and a bunch if not all families in Mexico love to too so all those families put together could make a lot of energy.

Comment by Mahzuza Rahaman on October 18, 2012 at 9:52pm

Jessica's idea can speak to many people. Her energy generating soccer ball can show that such a small thing, like having fun with your friends with Jessica's invention, can lead to something as big as making energy with just one kick. This really amazed me.

Comment by Camille Grout on October 18, 2012 at 9:43pm

I love Jessicas Idea. A lot of people in the world love to watch and play soccer. People in every nation enjoy it so the power could be produced very effeciently.

Comment by Joshua Bennafield on October 18, 2012 at 1:24am
I believe Jesica's idea was very creative and obtainable. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. People from all nationality enjoy this game. Because of this, electricity could be produced around the world by getting activity and excerzise Ina sport loved.
Comment by Grant Reeder on October 18, 2012 at 1:01am

Dell computers has begun recent research into the invention of solar energy. These labtops may or may not be realesed howevver if they are it would highly relieve the enviorment.

Comment by Harris Cohen on October 18, 2012 at 12:58am

Jssica's idea is really neat. So many people play soccer, and that means everyone can take part in creating energy. Playin soccer won't just be a fun game any more, it will be a fun activity and a way to make life easier on a family.

Comment by Julia Sherrill on October 18, 2012 at 12:35am

I think that her idea was amazing. It just shows how a little idea can spark into something HUGE. It also taught me how lifechanging something as simple as playing a game of soccer can be.

Comment by Hannah Rose Fountain on October 17, 2012 at 11:10pm

Conventional airliners are heavy, thirsty, noisy and polluting, despite aeronautical designers' best efforts. But in the future we may be travelling in a flying wing or batwing (in which the entire fuselage becomes the means of lift) - an idea first suggested by Frederick Handley Page in 1961. Made of plastic and with areas of the surface punctured with tiny h***s to reduce drag, the wings would be much lighter and so more fuel efficient, and the engines would be mounted on top to deflect noise away from the ground. And they would be flown differently, too: in formation perhaps, which would reduce fuel consumption, and at different altitudes to prevent the formation of polluting condensation trails. The result could bring aircraft emissions below today's levels by 2025, despite an expected doubling in the amount of passenger air traffic. Both Boeing and Airbus are already working on flying-wing projects.


Comment by madalyn lieberman on October 17, 2012 at 10:32pm

I think Jessica's idea is brilliant. Kids can help make energy for their house by having fun. the soccer ball encourages kids to have fun and stay fit. this invention could change the lives of many. there would be so much energy we won't know what to do with it. I think the soccer ball is life changing.

Comment by Reilly Murtaugh on October 16, 2012 at 11:08pm

Brandon Sparks believes that the power of the future sustainable energy lies in individuals. Ways people can make a major difference he says are, cut down on gas by driving smarter and not as often, lower your use of electricity mainly by turning off your lights before you leave your house or room. You should also use compact fluorescent bulbs. Another idea is to reuse materials that you'd normally throw out. Buy metal water bottles and canvas bags so you won't have to keep on buying new plastic bags and bottles. Lastly, unplug phones and computers as soon as they are fully charged!!!

Comment by Lily Davis on October 16, 2012 at 10:04pm

Gyanesh Pandey is the CEO of Husk Power Systems. He came up with the idea of making electricity out of the rice husk resource. h egrew up in Bihar, India, which is th enation's poorest state. There are 80 million people who live there and only 15% of those 80 million people do not have electricity. He realized this caused lots of problems such as poorer nutrition and hygreine, less available light , more crime, etc. He grew up in this environment, so he was used to it. Eventually he came to the United States for a better education. He studied electrical engineering and settled for a high-paying job in Los Angeles. Soon, he realized how different his life was now to his childhood and wanted to give back. He tried many methods of creating cheap electricity and decided on running an entire power plant on rice husks. Pandey entered and won a student business model contest at the University of Virginia. Pandey found some friends who were willing to create this idea into reality and the Husk Power System was created. I think this man has an interesting story because he took he experiences as a child and made the best of it. Look at him now! He is a very successful businessman helping weveryone around ihm and not wasting valuable rice that would go to waste before Pandey came along.

Comment by Brian Adam Smith on October 16, 2012 at 5:39pm

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