America’s Top Young Scientist is 14 Years Old

When it comes to bright ideas and serious innovation, there’s no minimum age requirement.

Ninth-grader Deepika Kurup recently won the label of America’s Top Young Scientist — and a cool $25,000 as well — in a contest created by Discovery Education and 3M.

The New York native designed a sustainable, solar-powered water purification system that could help solve a major global problem. You see, there are roughly a billion people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. There are purification systems available for some, but many of these systems bring their own problems.

What’s great about Deepika’s device is that it can kill many types of bacteria in a fraction of the time that other methods require. And, since it’s solar-powered, it provides a sustainable solution for even the poorest, most-remote parts of the world.

Here’s some video footage from her grand-prize-winning presentation:

Second-, third-, and fourth-place winners each received a $1,000 cash prize and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures to Costa Rica. Who says science isn’t glamorous?

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