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Kidspiration: Meet Gitanjali Rao

July 3, 2018
Kidspiration: Meet Gitanjali Rao

What does it take to achieve something as BIG as making clean water testing easy, efficient and affordable AND snagging a crazy-cool scientist title? A little girl full of big ideas and the determination to match it – Gitanjali Rao is living proof as this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner!

PURPOSE & RESEARCH

Para aprender sobre Gitanjali Rao usando el Método Científico, y para demostrar que cada niño puede lograr lo que se propuso hacer a cualquier edad, ÊTRE CHICAS entendió la historia de Gitanjali ...

La crisis del agua de pedernal la inspiró por primera vez a los 9 años a través del laboratorio STEM y los medios de comunicación de su escuela. Luego vio a sus padres hacer pruebas de plomo en el agua en el hogar y las dificultades que enfrentaban, lo que provocó la idea de utilizar la tecnología para resolver el problema. "Tenía muchas ganas de hacer algo para cambiar esto, no solo por mi familia sino por los residentes de Flint y lugares como este en todo el mundo".

Gitanjali recibió el aliento de sus maestros, mentores y familiares de STEM para perseguir sus objetivos. Después de obtener acceso a un laboratorio seguro de la escuela secundaria, así como a otros recursos, ingresó al Desafío de jóvenes científicos de Discovery Education 3M. En esta competencia, Gitanjali pudo actualizar sus ideas en un producto y una aplicación, ¡y GANÓ!

PROCESS

Ê: What advice do you have for girls your age about finding a mentor?

G: My advice for finding mentors is to create a plan of study or research in whatever field you are passionate about, and reach out to experts or professionals in that field. I initially was nervous about reaching out to experts and professors, but this experience made me realize that the worst answer youmay get is a “no.” So, why not try? I always asked my mentors their expectation of a mentee and consciously made sure that I met their expectations, if not exceed it.

TCP: Any quotes or words of advice from your mentor that stick with you and might help otherkids in their projects or passions?

G: I would say to never be afraid of failing, and always have fun with whatever you’re doing.

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CONCLUSION

As demonstrated by Gitanjali’s story, kids of all ages can achieve MAJOR #goals when you expose and discuss today’s challenges, and provide access to resources and mentors. All it takes is a spark of curiosity, an empowering environment and loads of determination. Get them hooked today on problem solving, passion projects and more with our friends at ÊTRE GIRLS!

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