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15-year-old Gitanjali Rao is a super smart scientist from Denver, Colorado, USA. 👩‍🔬

She invents things to make the world a better place, such as Kindly – a computer technology that helps stop cyberbullying. 

After achieving so much at such a young age, Gitanjali became the first TIME Magazine Kid of the Year🤩

Gitanjali Rao Time Magazine

Ever since she was small, she has been thinking of ways to use science to help people. 🧪️

“Science can bring about significant social change and anybody can embrace scientific innovation to help solve our biggest problems.” – Gitanjali Rao

At just 10 years old, Gitanjali started developing a small device that can detect if there is lead in water. Lead is a chemical which is unsafe for humans to drink or eat. 🤮

Gitanjali Rao in lab

Gitanjali’s invention was named Tethys after the Greek Titan goddess of clean water. 💧

Sadly, many people around the world do not have access to clean water all the time. Tethys can save lives by letting people know if their water is dangerous to drink.

Gitanjali was inspired to create Tethys after reading about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, USA. Her goal now is to create a global community of young people like herself to tackle the rest of the world’s problems. 🌎

“I really want to put out that message: if I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it.” 😉

Gitanjali Rao with Kindly

Gitanjali’s advice to young inventors is to focus on one exciting idea rather than trying to solve every problem.

“Take risks, find your own talent and use it. There’s no limit to the amount of times we can fail, and we still have time to succeed in our endeavours.”

So whether it’s something to help animals, humans or the environment, what exciting inventions can you think of? 🤖🧪️

Gitanjali appears in our STEAM quiz - click here to test yourself 🤓

Read more about Gitanjali's inventions in the Young Achievers section of Guinness World Records 2022!