TIME’s Magazine Declares First Ever ‘Kid Of The Year’

Being 15 years old is like just the starting of your teenage years. At that age, most people don’t know what they want to do or what they want to become, but wait till you hear what this Indian-American teen girl did at the age of 15.

Gitanjali Rao, who is an Indian-American teen girl, has been declared by the TIME’s magazine as the first ever ‘Kid Of The Year’. She is a young inventor and a brilliant scientist, she has done astonishing work in technology and fighting cyberbullying and opioid addiction.

“My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well. Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you. So I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it”, said Rao.

She is now working on a project, “helps to diagnose prescription-­opioid addiction at an early stage based on protein production of the mu-opioid receptor gene”, said Gitanjali. One of her famous works is the Tethys, which is a small box that contains, Bluetooth, a battery and carbon nanotubes, this box can detect lead in water.

She also has her views on gender and colour stereotypes: “Everything I see on TV is that it’s an older, usually white man as a scientist. It’s weird to me that it was almost like people had assigned roles, regarding like their gender, their age, the colour of their skin.”


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