Always Remember the Bigger Goal of Making a Difference

Gitanjali Rao

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"While solving problems, you will continue to encounter failures. Accept them, but persist with the problem. Do not give up, and always remember the bigger goal of making a difference."

Gitanjali Rao (2005-) is an Indian-American inventor, author, scientist, and STEM promoter. On December 4th 2020, Rao was named TIME Magazine's first-ever 'Kid of the Year' for her technological innovations that aim to tackle issues such as cyberbullying, opioid addiction, and contaminated drinking water.

At only 15 years old, Gitanjali has several serious achievements to her name. In 2017, she won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and was awarded $25,000 for her invention, Tethys. The device uses carbon nanotube technology to measure lead content in water — a project Gitanjali became interested in after hearing about the Flint water crisis. 

In 2019, she was awarded the Top 'Health' Pillar Prize for the TCS Ignite Innovation Student Challenge for a tool that helps to diagnose prescription-­opioid addiction at an early stage.

She was recognized in 2019's Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her innovations, and was honoured with the United States Environmental Protection Agency President's Environmental Youth Award in 2018. 

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

Drop me a line if you have any questions about the site, or if you'd just like to chat! I am always down to meet interesting people, so let's get [virtual] coffee ☕️

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Go to the profile of Brandon Yu
11 months ago

This is incredible! It is really inspiring to see how more and more youth are getting involved in high-impact projects – and that professionals are becoming more receptive to them.