Junior Visions Prize
Ideas for a More Sustainable Future
Imagination… kids have it in abundance! So, to pursue new solutions for global challenges, we invited our colleagues’ children to share ideas for a more sustainable future. After an overwhelming response, with over 100 submissions, we proudly present the top 10 entries, with commentary from Nature Plants Chief Editor Chris Surridge…
It is easy to forget that to do Science needs creativity, imagination and a desire to play with the world around us. Children have no difficulty seeing in this way so it is wonderfully refreshing to let them lead us into possible futures. We have no idea where they might take us!
Meet the Winners!
Creative and inspiring: Our gold, silver, and bronze winners received the most votes from curious minds across the globe. Congratulations!
Meet the Runners-Up!
Imaginative and exciting: Discover more fascinating ideas from our seven runners-up, as voted by curious online audiences. Congratulations!
Rank 4: Isabelle (11), South Korea // A mask that turns water into oxygen
"This is a wonderful infographic – Isabelle would make a great artist/illustrator if she wants to be! This would make a huge difference for exploring the oceans. Isabelle has also thought about where oxygen comes from and that hydrogen would be formed." C. Surridge
Rank 5: Lakshminarayanan (9), USA // A robot that tends and plants new trees
"This idea is based on a simple idea, but with a vivid imagination and a lot of thought, we are presented with the best gardening robot possible. The hovering, solar-powered desalination concept is ideal for tackling real-life problems. I like the happy smile and that it rests occasionally to recharge!" C. Surridge
Rank 6-10: Timothy (14), Germany // Goggles to help the blind “see” their environment
"This idea brings together a number of existing, or almost existing technologies to address a very specific concern. It gives an existing concept an inquisitive and very practical twist!" C. Surridge
Rank 6-10: Thakorn (6), Thailand // A robot to help rescue earthquake victims
"I love this! It takes a lot of imagination to think of something that is so unlike anything that already exists! The realization that robots could be like animals (such as worms) shows great creativity and insight. Plus, thinking about how they would have to adapt to their new function shows an enquiring mind. And this would solve a problem!" C. Surridge
Rank 6-10: Yena (10), China // AI & robots to support us in all aspects of life
"As a vision of the future, I’m not sure whether this is utopian or dystopian. It’s not a single idea but rather an extension of robotics into everyday life – and an imaginative take on how robots could integrate into our lives. There’s certainly an inquisitiveness for what might be just around the corner and the illustrations are great. I’m very curious about the ‘auto-bouncer’ at the end!" C. Surridge
Rank 6-10: Bruno (8), Spain // An axe that helps trees to regrow after logging
"An excellent technical drawing of the idea. Turning the thing that causes the problem into a solution is a great example of how curiosity can flip things and change our perspectives!" C. Surridge
Rank 6-10: Isabella (6), Spain // Skin implants enabling remote medical visits
"I’m not sure that Isabela will have to wait twenty years for this! The image is so expressive of what is going on, I didn’t actually need the description to understand the idea or its effect." C. Surridge
A HUGE thank you to all the children who submitted their amazing ideas! Your curiosity and creativity will undoubtedly drive change in shaping a better, more sustainable future!
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