The Hippie Pandas from New York talk about their project to bring pasteurization to the people of Nicaragua.
Credit goes to the Geek Dad blog of Wired Science for tipping us off to this great story on a team of girls from Rochester, New York (known as the "Hippie Pandas") who showcased a product that is already impacting the lives of pregnant women in Nicaragua while competing at the FIRST Championships in Saint Louis a couple weeks ago. The students developed the idea, with the help of a relative currently in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, to create an inexpensive way to pasteurize milk to help alleviate miscarriages and diseases for Nicaraguan women. Mentors from the Rochester Institute of Technology helped these girls develop the product that uses aluminum foil over a piece of cardboard, a container panted black to absorb heat, and bees wax, which when melted acts as a thermometer to indicate the milk has been fully pasteurized. Check out these future engineers and scientists and the amazing work they are doing to help those abroad!