"Motivated by the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, Gitanjali Rao
was only ten years old when she created her first invention, a now patented
lead test for water. For this, Rao, now 15, was named America’s Top Young
Scientist of 2017 and TIME Magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year” in 2020.
Not one to rest on her laurels, she has since invented an app to fight
cyberbullying and an early detection kit for opioid addiction. But today, her
greatest passion is getting more people like herself — young, female, people of
color — involved in science. RTBC spoke with Rao from Lone Tree, Colorado,
where she lives with her parents and younger brother, about the unique
contribution her generation can offer, how science can catalyze social change
and creating a platform for other young innovators."
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