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Here is the latest in our Make: Shorts video series, covering “Maker Pioneers,” inventors, entrepreneurs, makers, who are dreaming up clever solutions to today’s energy and environmental problems. In this episode, we meet Kurt Fleischer. Kurt is a senior research scientist at Pixar, where he worked on building filmmaking software and directly on such films as Cars and WALL-E, before becoming a member of their research team. On his off time, he likes to apply his engineering skills to work on projects with his daughter, Lena, such as the Water Totter seen in this video. He used this project, which turns an old-style seesaw into a water pump, as an opportunity to teach Lena about concepts in engineering, conservation, energy generation, and a few life lessons.

Have you checked out our Green Projects Contest site yet? Lots of clever, fun projects and ideas have been submitted. Vote for the ones you like. Put up your own projects, grab your “tag,” and spread it across the interwebs. Get your social network to vote for your projects. Tag Your Green!

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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