Upper School News & Stories
Andrew Davidson '16 is fascinated by water. As he wrote in an article for the student newspaper, The Riverdale Review, his curiosity began in childhood: Why do puddles disappear? Why does ice float in water? Why can I taste salt in water, but not see it? As he got older, his interest became more urgent: What can be done about the global scarcity of clean water? How can water be purified simply and inexpensively?
For his senior independent project, Andrew spent four weeks pursuing work he had done the previous summer at the University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Research Academy. Purification devices already exist, he said, but require training to operate. He began to think about how he could create something simple and inexpensive, which led him to develop what he calls the H2Our Glass, a water-purifying, solar-powered tank.
He created a prototype, which he presented to the chief executive officer of the nonprofit Safe Water Network. A representative from the Ghanaian branch of the organization expressed interest, and invited Andrew to work on the nonprofit's Young Professional Advisory Board. He also suggested that Andrew file a provisional patent application, which he did.
In his project presentation, Andrew talked about his desire to solve multidimensional problems. "As a 17 year old," he said, "I know I can't solve a global crisis on my own. I hope to collaborate with virologists, engineers, manufacturers, sponsors and users."
In this video, Andrew describes how he created his H2Our device.
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