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11-year-old wins $25,000 science prize

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Meet 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao, a seventh grader who has just won the title of “America’s top young scientist” for coming up with a compact device that detects lead in water.

Rao claims her own lead detector is pretty much faster than other lead detectors out there.

Rao’s invention was inspired by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where cost-cutting measures led to contaminated drinking water by lead and other toxins.

The fair won her a $25,000 prizewhich Rao already has made plans on how to use it: “I plan to use most of it in developing my device further so that it can be commercially available soon,” she told CNN.

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