Young scientist heads to national finals

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MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) Arguably one of our area's brightest young minds will represent the Western Slope in America’s premier competitive challenge for young scientists this month in Minneapolis.

Daniel Culver was an 8th grader at Columbine Middle School in Montrose last year when he entered the Discovery 3-M Young Scientist Challenge.

Culver is now one of ten finalists in the competition. His invention of an improved indoor cooking stove that eliminates CO2 emissions is the reason he is one of the finalists. Indoor stoves have been the cause of many problems in third world countries.

"Whenever you cook indoors on an open fire a lot of times it doesn't provide enough air to the combustion process and it will produce carbon monoxide in favor of carbon dioxide. I actually did some further research and I found out 4 million people die each year due to this problem. So I decided I would try to save all of them but even one would be enough," says Culver

Daniel has already sent his invention to Minneapolis where he will present his indoor stove at the national finals. If he wins, not only will it be a proud monument for the Western Slope and Montrose, but Daniel could win $25,000.

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