A 12-year-old from Winnetka, Ill., used the skills he learned as chief engineer for his middle school’s LEGO League Robotics team to create a low-cost ventilator, reports WLS.

A 7th grader from Winnetka, Illinois has created a ventilator out of Legos in an effort to help with ventilator shortages. Anthony Hartman said he’s been creating and building things ever since he can remember. The 12-year-old used up his free time during the peaks of the pandemic to think of solutions to help those in need. In this case, he wanted to provide a solution for ventilator shortages.

In March, Hartman created his ventilator made of Legos, naming it the EVentilator2020. “I saw a bunch of universities making respirator units that were cheaper and more affordable. I wanted to make my own version with a twist, which was the Lego piece,” said Hartman. 

The 12-year-old said he will be submitting his EVentilator2020 idea to LEGO in hopes of creating a partnership in order to get his ventilators in the hands of rural medical professionals.

Read more at WLS in Chicago

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