Most hardworking teenagers play sports and complete their homework after school. Justin Beckerman, 18, does all that and builds machines. His latest creation? A fully-submersible, one-man submarine he made with $2,000 worth of materials from the hardware store.
“I actually had a lot of experience building other submarines, [but] I wanted to challenge myself,” said Justin, a life-long inventor from Mendham, N.J.
His goal was to make a sub that could “actually be used by other people and not just me,” he said.
In April, Justin unveiled the “Nautilus,” a 12-foot submarine he says can descend to depths of 30 feet. He’s still working out the kinks but we can attest that his sub works. In the video above, which we shot last Friday at Lake Hopatcong, N.J., Justin dove 10 feet in the “Nautilus” and explored the lake’s murky waters for 10 minutes.
“Successful test!” he exclaimed, after resurfacing, to his father, Ken Beckerman, and younger brother, Russell, 16, both of whom were monitoringRead More »from Dive! Dive! Dive!: Teen Inventor Successfully Tests Homemade Submarine