Teenage Mangerton scientist and inventor Macinley Butson has done it again.
This time the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year has teamed up with a fellow young inventor to secure third place at the world's largest science research competition for school students.
Seventeen-year-old TIGS student Macinley and 16-year-old Jade Moxey, of Bega, were awarded third in Environmental Engineering for their water purification invention that can be used to sterilise water in developing communities.
The girls only teamed up last year when they met at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles - and joined forces for this year's event in Pittsburgh, USA.
They developed their SAS (Sanitation and Sterilisation) system to produce both clean potable drinking water and medical-grade sterile water for medical application in developing countries.
The portable system consists of three distinctive parts working together to provide both clean potable drinking water and sterile water for medical use. It also has the potential to be used in emergency response and disaster relief situations.
With over 200 million people worldwide currently suffering disease and death from waterborne illnesses, clean water for medical treatment is a major issue across the world.
‘So obviously access to water is a major issue in our world, especially that of safe drinking water and good quality water,” Macinley said in a video explaining the SAS system.
“We really wanted to give something to be able to improve water quality.
“We’ve put in a lot of work and are really grateful of this opportunity.”
Macinley and Jade’s third place result saw them presented a $US20,000 sustainable initiatives with water technology scholarship as well as $US1000.