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An 8-Year-Old's Invention Goes National

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho- Lash Laker, 8, of Coeur d'Alene shows off his two microscopes, test tubes, hot glue gun and refers to his desk as his laboratory.  He is in every sense of the word, a scientist.

"He's invented a Lego Sucker. It was a canister vacuum that was converted with a drill battery to be cordless to suck up his Legos," says Lash's mom Annie.

His biggest draw, inventing things, and his latest invention landed him some national spotlight.  He calls it the Seed Board.

"I took a look at some cardboard I have, and I saw that they have corrugation, just perfect little holes for seeds," says Laker.

Laker entered into an invention competition known as 'Invent Idaho', where students are challenged to come up with innovative inventions, but this year there was a national category called the I-Cubed Challenge. The theme of this challenge was 'sustainability', and a simple piece of cardboard became an ingenious way to plant seeds and even crops.

"I thought it was the most clever way of looking at cardboard, because it's just a simple thing to do with it. He was just playing around with it and looked and started stuffing seeds in it, and so we thought 'wow, that could be it, that could be the big idea'," says Annie.

Laker says the Seed Board is more than just a strip of card board, "It protects the seeds from the environment, dry climate, rain, wind."

Seeds are placed in the ridges, the outside is covered with coffee grounds, wood ash, and egg shells for compost, and the board is planted in the ground.

"The Seed Board helps by keeping the seed from being over-watered, because the Seed Board will suck up the water, and then the seed will suck up the water from the Seed Board whenever water is needed," says Laker.

A simple, yet complex idea, but not at all the last invention for this 8-year-old.

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