Last June, the folks from Make: television teamed up with the Lemelson-MIT Program to capture stories from young inventors at the 2009 Eurekafest. We wanted to find out what inspires young people to invent, what the invention process taught them, and what problems they were trying to solve in the world.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share some of the videos we made and give props to some smart and creative students from all over the country.

First up, the Teen Technology InvenTeam, from Bridgewater, New Jersey, discovered a need to help African communities with their sorghum production. After a few wrong turns, they eventually settled on a creative and effective design using a pedal-powered thresher.

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