Ann Makosinski, B.C. Teen Inventor, Wins $50,000 In Latest Achievement

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The B.C. teen who has already been on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" twice is making bank again, this time for a phone-charging travel mug.

Ann Makosinski, 18, won $50,000 from Shell this month for her resolution to "reduce the impact on the electrical grid by patenting body-heat-generated power."

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The University of British Columbia student was among those awarded the Quest Climate Change Grant. She pioneered a body heat-powered flashlight, and her latest invention is the E-DRINK cellphone charging mug, which uses heat from hot water to funnel electricity to mobile devices.

She showed it off to Fallon on a recent segment, who praised her design as "pretty impressive." She also received $5,000 as part of her appearance on the show.

This is one teen worth watching. Makosinski has already won several high-profile international awards for her incredible inventions. Check out her accomplishments — so far:

  • Invents body heat-powered flashlight
    At 15, she created a battery-free flashlight. The "Hollow Flashlight" runs off the heat from the palm of the hand, using special tiles that generate electricity from the heat flowing between the palm on one side and the ambient air on the other.
  • Nabs $25,000 Scholarship
    Submitted by Ann Makosinski
    The flashlight nabbed her the top prize in her age group at the Google Science Fair in 2013, beating out thousands of other budding young scientists from around the world to be one of four winners.
  • Honoured by TIME magazine
    Submitted by Ann Makosinski
    She was named one TIME's top 30 people under 30 in 2013.
  • Has appeared on "The Tonight Show" twice
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    Ann Makosinski shows off her invention to host Jimmy Fallon during "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Creates body-heat powered headlamp
    Submitted by Ann Makosinski
    In 2014, she created a hands-free version of her battery-less flashlight that would be handy for emergency kits and for camping.
  • Has given TEDx Talks
  • In-demand speaker
    Submitted by Ann Makosinski
    According to the Times Colonist, the self-described "tinkerer" also took time off from school in November to fly to Los Angeles to speak at a Red Bull event, receive an entrepreneurship award in Vienna and fly to San Francisco for a summit arranged by early Facebook investor Peter Thiel.

Makosinski, who is currently studying arts and science, says she hopes to get both the E-DRINK and flashlight in stores in the new year with support from a partner company.

But the teen says she's looking forward to spending her holidays at home, and admits to the Times Colonist that her past few months "got a little nuts."

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