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12-year-old scientist gives lecture at Metro Community College

Posted at 7:46 AM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 08:46:47-05

One of the greatest young minds in the country visited Do Space over the weekend for Metro Community College's series on water and the environment. 

Gitanjali Rao, 12, was named America's top young scientist of 2017 for inventing a device that detects lead in water faster than any current technique. Her invention gained national attention when it was put to use during the Flint water crisis. 

"When the flint water crisis happened three years ago I came across an article on MIT's website about carbon nano type sensors detect lead in water using carbon nano type sensors," she said.

In addition to winning the 3M's Young Scientist Challenge for her invention, she also earned $25,000 in grant money. 

She, along with two other speakers, talked about the future of sustainability.