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Joshua McKenna: Porta Potty Survival Kit

Joshua McKenna: Porta Potty Survival Kit


Live in studio this morning by Josh McKenna,
a sixth grader from Rathdrum, Idaho who has won the prestigious “Best Poster Display award”
look at this, the hardware to prove it here, for his “Porta Potty Survival Kit” Josh how
are you doing this morning? Very good! Ok, so let’s talk about what you’ve done here.
This was a competition, a nation-wide competition. You won all kinds of local awards and now
this national award but what is your project all about? I created a kit for Urban Idaho,
I call it the “Porta Potty Survival Kit.” It contains one toilet seat cover, toilet
paper, and anti-bacterial hand wipe kit and a 3 inch by 4 inch baggie. Yeah, you can hold
that baggie up for us here and can we get a shot of that? All of that stuff that he
just mentioned is in there. So, you also created this display, this poster here, Josh and I
want to talk about it, it’s kind of cool, it rotates all kinds of information. My teacher
suggested at my school not to use a tri-fold display board and I was the only one who took
that into consideration. I was the only one who had something besides a display board
at my school competition the regional competitions, state competition and the competition in Washington
D.C. Why did you decide to focus on Porta Potties? Because I went to a lot of my brother’s
soccer games over the time and the only option for a bathroom is a porta potty. Right. And
I did not want to go into the porta potty and that’s why I created this kit. They’re
pretty nasty obviously, I mean they do, the folks that put them up do their best to keep
them as sanitary as possible but in your research did you find some staggering statistics about
porta potties? Porta Potties save about 45 billion gallons of water annually and they
use 90% less water than normal toilets. Wow, right. Obviously with that though comes some
of the germs and things that motivated you to create the survival kit. Most people would
thing that with the handwipe the germs will seep through, but most of the bacteria is
in the places where people touch not the actual toilet seat. Wow, and I gotta tell ya, I mean
you’re in 6th grade and you’re coming up with things like this, Josh. Obviously science
and invent Idaho pretty near and dear to you, talk to me a little bit about that. Well,
Invent Idaho, we do it all year, every year we do an Invent Idaho competition. At first
I didn’t actually move on from my school, but I saw on the grading sheet that something
was not graded properly so I took that and I asked my teacher, “Is this right?” and,
it wasn’t right so I actually moved on. Wow. And I got all the way to nationals, but if
I didn’t fight my argument, I wouldn’t have made it. Yeah, encourage all kids to get involved
in Invent Idaho. What’s next for you? You’ve got a big project on the horizon that we can
look forward to? I think I only have Invent Idaho for four more years and I’m not sure
what we do after. I know we do other things like I Tech. I don’t quite remember it but
we made these metal robots that move around and go under water. And, can folks buy the
survival kit or how does that work not really right? Not yet? Oh yeah! Oh, they can? I’ve
sold over 600. Pretty much 600. There you go. Ok, well, Josh, Congratulations to you,
well done and pretty cool! Thank you very much. Alright and, you know what, I’m going
to have one of these ready next time I have to hit the Porta Potty. It’s a good thing
to have! Survival! Alright, coming up here on Good Day Spokane…

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