Teen inventors exhibit their green ideas

GreenFab at the Maker Faire from Yiting Sun on Vimeo.

Bronx inventors, wannabes and do-it-yourselfers were among some 500 participants exhibiting their creations at the Maker Faire, a two-day expo celebrating arts, engineering and technology at The New York Hall of Science in Queens on Sept. 25 and 26.

GreenFab, a Hunts Point-based program funded by the National Science Foundation gathered seven teenage inventors from their summer school program to exhibit their creations in the Faire’s “fabrication” tent.

Program manager Jaymes Dec said he and his staff helped students implement projects from ideas the Hunts Point teens came up with on their own–ideas generated by combing the Internet or past issues of  “Make,” a technological quarterly magazine that sponsored the Faire.

Nestor Rivera, an 11th-grader at the Bronx Guild High School, showed off a solar panel coffee table he designed. “This table, it charges USB devices like cell phones and iPods,” he said, while plugging in his iPod. Rivera smiled when an attendee told him that elsewhere in the fair a maker was selling similar panels for $20 each.

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