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Norwalk, CT | Added on September 30, 2014 At 03:25 PM

"I like to be able to come up with ideas.I have lots of ideas," said Blythe Serrano.

At 11 years old, Blythe Serrano is already making her mark in the maker's world.

"This is a 3D Printed Light Up at Night Pet Collar. It has a sensor in it so when it gets dark, the lights come on," said Bltyhe.

Blythe won two editor's choice awards and the best in class award from the New York Hall of Science's Head of Education for her 3D Printed Light Up at Night Pet Collar at the 5th Annual World Maker Faire in New York.

It uses a small light detecting circuit inside it to make LEDs turn on at night. The tag can be printed in different colors and shapes.

"I have two dogs and an outdoor cat. One of our dogs likes to dig under the fence so he gets out sometimes so I wanted to be able to see them and for cars to be able to see them at night," said Blythe.

Blythe's mother Nicky Serrano said, "Blythe is like that. She'll get an idea and want to follow it through. She'd seen the 3D printers and has always been interested in that kind of thing. She likes doing different projects for animals so choosing the dogs was perfect for her." 

The collar is Blythe's first project using a 3D Printer, working on it at the Fairfield County Maker's Guild in Norwalk.

"Somebody there helped me to use the design software called SketchUp and then they showed me how to use a 3D printer to print things. I have lots of designs and versions that didn't work for lots of reason,"said Blythe.

Her mom says Blythe has always been creative. "She is like 'this is so cool and you get to make things and you can have these ideas and actually get them to work," so I haven't had to encourage her too much because she just took to it very naturally."

So what's next for the mini maker?

Blythe said, "I'm working on an improved design at the moment. I'm hoping to sell it; do a kickstarter maybe. I'm hoping to have it for sale at least by this time next year."

To learn more about the 3D Printed Light Up at Night Pet Collar, visit

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