Young Scientist, 15, Is Named TIME's First Ever Kid Of The Year
TIME magazine has just announced the winner of its very first Kid of the Year - 15-year-old scientist and inventor, Gitanjali Rao.
The incredibly talented Gitanjali - who is also a three time TEDx speaker - has been passionate about science since the age of 10, when she discovered carbon nanotube sensor technology (which detects chemicals in water).
This led to her developing a device in 2017 to test for lead in drinking water - and she was even listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List as a result!
Introducing the first-ever Kid of the Year, Gitanjali Rao https://t.co/Hvgu3GLoNs pic.twitter.com/4zORbRiGMU
- TIME (@TIME) December 3, 2020
The device, named Tethys, is portable and allows users to test the safety of water. It features a core device, a processor and a battery, and works by attaching to a disposable sensor which can be dipped into water to analyse the chemical reactions.
Most recently, Gitanjali has also launched an anti-bullying app called Kindly, which detects cyber bullying online.
"I'm a very curious person, I love learning about the environment, ecology, I just like learning in general so everything in school is super fun," said Gitanjali.
"I cannot see a world filled with kindness without science and technology being involved."
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Meet TIME's first-ever Kid of the Year https://t.co/MhlApYVnC0 pic.twitter.com/D15VWD0uIM
- TIME (@TIME) December 4, 2020
Sitting down for an interview with Angelina Jolie, she continued: "I don't look like your typical scientist. Everything I see on TV is that it's an older, usually white man as a scientist.
"It's weird to me that it was almost like people had assigned roles, regarding like their gender, their age, the colour of their skin.
"My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world's problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well.
"Because, from personal experience, it's not easy when you don't see anyone else like you. So I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it."
Gitanjali was chosen out of over 5,000 nominees, with the judges left astounded by her incredible skills.
What an inspiration! Congratulations Gitanjali, this is so well deserved!
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