29 May '11, 1am

Find out what a 6-year-old girl invented -- using a water container and plastic straws -- to win a young inventors award:

Find out what a 6-year-old girl invented -- using a water container and plastic straws -- to win a young inventors award:

Peh Yong, six, with her 'cooling umbrella' to beat the heat, which won her a young inventors' award. Water vapour that has evaporated from a container is released through holes in straws lining the umbrella's structure. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING THE saying, necessity is the mother of invention, clearly applies across all ages - even when you are six. Bothered by the hot weather, little Peh Yong invented a 'cooling umbrella' that imitates the transpiration process of plants using a combination of a water container, plastic straws and threads. The result: Water vapour that has evaporated from the water container is released through holes in the straws which line the structure of the umbrella. For this, the six-year-old kindergarten pupil received an Encouragement Award in the defence science section at this year's Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award presentation ceremony yester...

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