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Notable Inventor on Campus: Ava Thomas

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Ava Thomas (`18) plans to present her views on dirty water in Speech & Debate.

Ava Thomas (`18) is an inventor of two products which help remedy troubling problems in the world today; oil spills and the need for clean water.

Thomas’ first invention came to fruition in her seventh grade science class at St. Anselm School in Chesterland, Ohio. Thomas said, “After birds are washed in an oil spill, their natural oils and crude oils are removed by it, making them unable to float.”

She designed her product, “Bottle Bird Buoyancy,” in order to help affected birds float in the water by simply spraying the product onto them.

After creating this product, Thomas had it patented for two years. She has since let her non-provisional utility patent expire and hopes to inspire young inventors to possibly improve her product or gain additional confidence to create their own products despite whatever their age may be.

In addition to inventing her product and having it temporarily patented, Thomas is also writing a magazine article about her experience. She said, “My article is not a science research article. Rather it is a current events article on the problems of oil spills, the effects it has on birds, and what happens as a result of the birds being cleaned.”

In her eighth grade year, Thomas invented her second product which is designed to help clean dirty water. She explained that her second product is a jar with a stocking inside that is lined with charcoal, horsehair, and two drops of Clorox bleach.

She continues to have high hopes of influencing others and helping to fulfill Gilmour’s mission in “creating a more humane and just society.”

Similar to her first invention, Thomas found her inspiration after searching the Internet for what she thought might be the world’s greatest problems today. This led her to the need for clean water in third world countries. She continues to have high hopes of influencing others and helping to fulfill Gilmour’s mission in “creating a more humane and just society.”

Thomas said both inventions still have a substantial impact on her life today. The fact that her two inventions help solve two different problems that exist in the world today make it hard for her to pick a favorite between the two.