This 12-Year-Old Colorado Girl Wants to Solve the Flint Water Crisis
“Our water quality’s just as important as doctor’s appointments or dentist’s appointments.”
Prepare to hear about Gitanjali Rao earning a Nobel prize 30 years from now. The 12-year-old Colorado resident has been following the Flint water crisis for years now, and invented a device to test the lead content of water. She already won the Young Scientist Competition earlier this year and has even invented a mobile app to accompany the lead tester. Her device lets people test the lead content of their water within seconds, rather than sending a sample to a lab and waiting days for results.
CBS News caught up with Gitanjali over the holidays to learn more about her scientific efforts. “Lead is mostly harmful to younger children, about my age – giving them growth defects and potentially damaging their brain,” Gitanjali said of the Flint crisis. Her science teacher Simi Basu hopes Gitanjali’s invention, called Tethys, will soon enter the market.
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