Two young girls in Washington State
launched a handmade craft to capture
the view from the edge of space.
It was made of wood and broken arrow
shafts and attached to a weather
balloon ﬁlled with helium. It carried a
ﬂight computer with GPS, two GoPro
cameras, and a picture of their cat next
to a Lego R2-D2. The ﬂight was
successful by anyone’s standards,
except those of this little girls. Because
it didn’t go exactly as planned, they sat
down and wrote out their “Lessons
Five 5th graders from Fresno CA
created an app to track water
conservation - one that kids actually
want to use. They’ve raised $51,000 to
build the app. Said a water company
executive, "I ﬁgured they were just
doing a typical classroom project and
would have a few questions. Little did I
know they actually had other intentions.
They actually wanted this idea to come
to fruition....I’m really happy that kids
that young can come up with an idea
that solves real-world problems.”
This is 11yo Alyssa right after she
received a 3D printed hand that
changed her life.
I started Project Yesu when I was in the 6th
grade. From then to now I’ve had 14
teachers and only 3 of them ever showed
any interest in what I am doing. This
year it’s different, after my teachers found
out that I won a Bammy, it’s like they
realize that I am for real.
It bothers me that my teacher didn’t seem
to care about what I do outside of their
So what I would like to say to the teachers,
principals, superintendents or whoever...
its great that you blog or tweet your
great classroom ideas and
experiences, or that you found a
great app to use with your students,
or helped them to understand
fractions better, but what about...
caring about their passions?
Showing interest in
Encouraging them, finding
their spark and helping them
grow, even if it doesn’t make
them better on a
8th Grader and Founder of Project YesuBe The Change--Mallory Fundora