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Published on August 24th, 2011 | by Nick


Ever Wished You Were Smarter Than Your Parents?

Albert Einstein

If you read that title and thought, “Wished!? I am smarter than my parents!”, stop kidding yourself. No one’s smarter than their parents. Even Einstein’s Mom would look at him and go, “You know Al, you could go much further if you got a haircut. Listen to me – Mommy knows best”.

Even Edward Scissorhands would look at him and go, “Nuh uh. No way.”

Aiden Dwyer

If any kid ever came close to out-smarting his parents though, it’s Aiden Dwyer. At the tender age of 13, Aiden has earned the title of “Inventor”. After studying how trees branch in a specific way, Aidan invented a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels.

Now I know you’re asking me, “Nick, can you repeat that in English this time?” No, I can’t. But pictures speak a thousand words, right?

Photovoltaic Panels a.k.a. solar panels.

Let me put this in perspective: Aidan created something that produces 50% more power than those things! How? Well, he studied how and why trees branched in a specific way and it led him to a central guiding formula: the Fibonacci Sequence. It sounds daunting, but all the Fibonacci Sequence means is that you take a number and add it to the number before it in a sequence: 1+1=2 then 2+1=3 then 3+2=5 and so on and so forth.

Hey, look. The Fibonacci Sequence!

During a hike in the winter time, Aidan noticed that the Fibonacci sequence is reflected in nature all the time. The trees branch according to it!

Now how Aidan noticed that in the trees – how he even knew what the Fibonacci Sequence was – is beyond me but his invention has earned him a provisional U.S. patent, which means that he can sell it to a company that will build thousands of them and sell them to the masses!

So here’s a 13 year old who is actively making a difference for the environment. Congratulations Aiden, you deserve all the success that you’re getting!

What do you think of Aidan’s story? Have you ever had any good ideas for an invention? Sound off in our comment section below.

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Aspiring writer for film and television who's making a lot of stops along the way. Gamer. Cinephile. Geek. I believe in the existence of extraterrestrials and that they are (probably) already among us.

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