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5th grader devises sandless flood bags to win Young Scientist Challenge

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M.A. Rosko joins us from the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge where student innovators look to win a $25,000 prize for their ingenuity.

Kids in grades 5 through 8 go head-to-head in the brainstorming competition as they aim to make their world a better place -- everything from energy saving measures to pet anxiety was addressed by this year's finalists.

This year's winner hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Payton Robertson is an 11-year-old who wants to be an inventor and like many Floridians, loves to play golf.

Prompted by Hurricane Sandy's toll on America's communities and shorelines, Robertson -- with an adorable speech impediment -- details in a video how he developed a flood bag without sand, as traditional sandbags to pacify flooding are heavy and leave gaps between individual bags. Salt water flooding accounts for devastating hurricane damage costs to residents and communities, and this Florida 5th grader devised a way to help.

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