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8 Student Inventions That Could Change The World

Have you read that America’s students are falling behind the rest of the world? Not these award-winning university students, whose inventions are changing everything from water in the developing world to wheelchair design.

Some of the world’s best research comes out of colleges and universities. Usually, professors have a significant hand in it. But the products and companies showcased in Open Minds–an annual exhibition of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s best student teams–showcase what happens when students are given the reins. In the slide show above, we look at some of the most exciting innovations from the Open Minds teams.

About the author

Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.

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