Remarkable! Teenager Becomes Youngest Person Ever To Build Functional Nuclear Fusion Reactor
February 27, 2019 11:09 By Mambee
Let’s be honest for a second: What were your major interests when you were a teenager? We bet it was not nuclear energy! Well, we want to introduce you to a teenager who has such things on his mind.
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How you can motivate your child in education
1. Get them to read. We aren’t just talking about boring stuff but things that make learning fun and adventurous;
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2. Free up the lines of communication. Listen to what their true interests and strengths are and create an atmosphere in which they can easily express themselves;
3. Discover your child’s learning style. Some children prefer auditory while others lean toward visual, for example;
4. Don’t be all about the performance. Even though it is great that they do well in school, what is most important is that they are learning;
5. Create some form of routine that makes your child’s school life organized;
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6. Remember to acknowledge achievements, no matter how small they may seem.
That being said, how did our hero pull off the feat?
The young physicist
Jackson Oswalt from Memphis was just 12 years old when he decided to build a nuclear fusion reactor.
Spurred on by the record set by Taylor Wilson, who had built his by age 14, Oswalt set to work by doing some research on what others had done.
“After that, I assembled a list of parts I needed. I got those parts off eBay primarily and then often times the parts that I managed to scrounge off of eBay weren’t exactly what I needed. So, I’d have to modify them to be able to do what I needed to do for my project.”
He joined an online platform for amateur scientists, Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, and relied heavily on trial and error. On January 19, 2018, at the age of 13, his reactor achieved fusion.
This possibly makes him the youngest in the world currently.
His proud father did not mind that the family had to spend about $ 8,000-10,000 within a year, nor did he worry about the safety issues that came with the territory and remarked that it was impressive seeing his son so dedicated.
In case you are wondering what a nuclear fusion reactor is, it is a human-made mimic of how the sun and stars are powered and its applications are tremendous.
Social media buzz
Jackson's herculean nuclear project has garnered several reactions on social media.
These are just some of the humorous comments, but others were supportive of the lad. Congratulations to the young genius. We hope something worthwhile comes out of this in the future.