8 Super-intense projects we can't believe kids made

Sep 27, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET
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These eight brilliant school projects prove that kids are capable of incredible creativity.

Some kids, anyway. Now I'm feeling all embarrassed about my childhood attempts at creating a solar system model from nine kinds of cheese.

Clean energy and clean water

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Three elementary students created WateRenew to solve two very real and very challenging problems: energy pollution and access to water. Their technology produces both electricity and clean water by harnessing the power of naturally-occurring waves.

Spider boy scales walls

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A 13-year-old schoolboy was so inspired by Spiderman that he set out to design his own wall-scaling device, created with recycled vacuums. The only thing holding him back, unfortunately, is the length of the vacuum cords.

Child composer for the New York Philharmonic

The Very Young Composers Program in New York City is not for musical prodigies, but that's exactly what the program found in Milo Poniewozik. His work as a 10-year-old has been played by the world-renowned New York Philharmonic.

Fruit fly-inspired flying robots

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Who thinks of this stuff? A 14-year-old from Pennsylvania won the top age group prize at the Google Science Fair for his work to create flying robots that may one day save lives in disaster zones.

Eco-inventor and scientist

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Param Jaggi is now a college student, but he began his formal lab research at the age of 12. The turning point in his inventive career, however, began at the age of 13 when he developed an algae-based emissions system to capture pollution from engine exhaust.

Architectural house model

This incredible house model placed second at Missouri's annual state architectural woodworking contest. A high school student made it after just one course in industrial technology. It has us wondering: What on earth could place above this?

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Photo Credit: Sandal Woods

Classical artistry by child prodigy

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Akiane Kramarik began painting classical and profoundly beautiful masterpieces before her 8th birthday. She is now a teenager, and her artwork sells for up to millions of dollars. You can see glimpses of her pieces by watching her Katie Couric appearance.

Self-help authorship

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Alec Graven was just 9 years old when he wrote the self-help book How to Talk to Girls. It's full of cute thoughts like, "comb your hair and don't wear sweats," but it's also heralded as a straight-talking guide that is useful for kids, teens and even adult men.

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