New Delhi: Fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao of Colorado, USA, has been selected as the first child of the year by US-based magazine for its innovations and “innovation workshops” around the world.
Rao has been selected by a group of over 5,000 nominees, a reputable magazine that includes a person’s profile or a group that has had a profound impact on the world over the past year.
This year, the magazine brought out a feature on “Child of the Year.” Rao was interviewed by actor and activist Angelina Jolie for an American-based magazine.
Rao considers himself a “problem solver” who has worked on issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to cyberbullying.
He won the Discovery Education 3M Scientist Challenge at age 11.
At the age of 11, Rao Flint learned about the water crisis. The source of drinking water for Flint City was contaminated after authorities moved the source of the treated Detroit Water and Drainage Department (sourced from the Lake Huron and Detroit River) into the Flint River, resulting in a huge increase in lead water.
Rao developed a carbon nanotubes based device for measuring lead content in water. The device is equipped to send pollution information using Bluetooth. She named her device Tethys.
In September 2018, he was awarded the Environmental Youth Award by the President of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
He wants to study genetics and epidemiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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