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Could you think of a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape society?

Johnathan Pollard, a 7th grader at The Classical Academy did, and for his imagination and scientific know-how was named one of 35 state merit winners in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

The contest, held each January, challenges students across the nation to create a short video describing a new invention or solution for a common problem.

Johnathan invented an automatic laundry folder using Legos, foam boards and Velcro. He calls it Laundrobot. It works by using motors to fold clothing. Each item is placed on the four foam boards that flip individually to form a perfect fold, Johnathan explains.

“I was so excited that I won because I love STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects,” he said, “and this project incorporated all of those.”

Along with a technology prize package, he received special recognition on the website,, and a technology prize pack. He didn’t make the top 10 cut, but being named a state merit winner “encouraged me to try more projects like it.”

To see Johnathan demonstrate Laundrobot, go to


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