My name is Elizabeth and I am 12 years old. My family and I live in Virginia. We have always tried to help the environment by recycling, reusing things, and trying not to waste water or energy. We could probably do even more, though.
Last year, I heard about the By Kids For Kids (BKFK) Going Green Challenge. This contest challenged kids all around America to come up with new products or services that might help our global climate crisis or other environmental problems. The winner would get $10,000 and the chance to meet an Eco-Expert from Leonardo DeCaprio's 11th Hour Action website.
I decided to enter this contest with an invention I came up with called The Water Watcher. It's a device that can go on any faucet or shower. It makes a beep and flashes a red light every time half of a gallon of water has come out of the faucet, to remind you to finish up what you are doing and not waste water. The Water Watcher could be used in homes, but also in gyms, college dorms, hotels, or other places with sinks and showers.
People usually want to help the environment but don't always remember to. The Water Watcher can make everyone more aware of how much water they are using. People may not know that making their shower time just one minute shorter can save 1,000 gallons of water a year! If everyone in America did that, we could save over 300,000,000,000 gallons of water a year! I hope that people all around America and all around the world will use The Water Watcher some day to help conserve the earth's limited supply of water.
In July, I got a telephone call from Mr. Goldstein at BKFK. I was so surprised and shocked when he called me to tell me that I'd won the grand prize. I really like coming up with ideas and hope to be a designer or inventor one day, so this has been one of the best experiences of my life. I'm really glad that BKFK holds lots of different contests all the time. It's a great way for kids to use their imaginations and get creative. I think kids everywhere should give it a try. You can learn more at bkfk.com.
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