NYU Tisch school for the arts graduate students Nien Lam and Sue Ngo have created chemically sensitive t-shirts. The t-shirts, featuring renderings of either a heart or lungs light up when exposed to carbon monoxide. The t-shirts feature thermochromic fabrics, nitinol wire and are operated by LIPO battery.   Original Filename: DSC_7848.JPG

This Sweatshirt Goes Green by Changing Colors!

Have you ever heard of a sweatshirt going green? Well, a new type of sweatshirt created by New York University students Nien Lam and Sue Ngo does just that. The sweatshirt contains an image of a heart or lungs, and the image changes color when it senses pollution in the air! Nien and Sue invented this sweatshirt for a school project. But its environmental impact reaches far beyond the classroom! Here is a video that shows this amazing sweatshirt at work.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article about the incredible color-changing sweatshirt.
  • Here is another inspiremykids story about inventions that are helping change the world!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What is air pollution? Why is it bad for you?
  • What are some things you and your family can do to help reduce air pollution?

Take Action:

  • Vist the Clean Air Kids website to learn more about air pollution and what you can do to help reduce it!
  • Visit the Invent Now website for invention inspiration, and maybe you too can create something that will help the world!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.

 

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