Chosen from over 5,000 candidates as Time’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’, the 15 year old Gitanjali Rao Rao was selected for her “astounding work.”
Time said that Gitanjali Rao, a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado’s Denver, got noticed for creating a global community of young innovators and inspiring them to follow their objectives.
An elated Rao told media people that the award is nothing that she could have ever imagined. “And I’m so grateful and just so excited that we’re really taking a look at the upcoming generation and our generation since the future is in our hands,” she said.
Humbled, honored, and excited! Special thanks to all my mentors, teachers, family, and friends who believed in me and supported me. Congrats to all the finalists and many of them are my friends @jordanjustright from @TheSTEAM_Squad @MightyRebekah @ElijahLee07. They inspire me! https://t.co/wr8EPhauw9
— Gitanjali Rao (@gitanjaliarao) December 4, 2020
Gitanjali Rao’s cover photo was also professional photographer Sharif Hamza’s “first photo session and cover for Time.”
While sharing the said cover, Hamza, an immigrant father to two girls, shared how Rao was a big motivation. “When I think about role models for my two daughters I can point them towards Gitanjali. An intelligent, charismatic, beautiful young woman who is dedicated to improving the world for others through the application of science,” he captioned the post.
In an IG post, Time magazine stated: “Introducing TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year, Gitanjali Rao. Just 15 years old, Rao has been selected from a field of more than 5,000 nominees.”
The statement added that Rao talked about her amazing work making use of technology to challenge problems that range from polluted drinking water to other bad habits and cyber mistreatment, and about her operation to generate a worldwide community of young reformers to solve glitches the world over.
Before this, she had bagged commendations for generating a device ‘Tehys,’ which made use of carbon nanotube sensing elements in order to spot lead in water, in response to the water crunch in Flint, Michigan.
Rao was also termed ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ for her special discovery. In the year 2019, the girl got her name listed on Forbes’ prestigious 30 under 30 list for her special innovation.
Rao has also bagged the EPA Presidential Award, George Stephenson Innovation Award 2020, Kumon 2019 Student Inspirational Award, TCS Ignite Innovation Top Health Pillar Award among others.
The girl is also a writer. Rao’s ‘A Young Innovative Guide to STEM’ got released by Simon and Schuster in March 2020. Rao is also a baker.