Parents can provide the antidote to this simply by offering encouragement and making science fun. Gitanjali Rao: We moved to Colorado from Tennessee, and when my parents were looking for my next school, they were looking for one where there was flexibility for me to … Gitanjali Rao, 15, ... At 10, Rao surprised her parents when she told them how she hoped to "research carbon nanotube sensor technology at the Denver Water quality research lab." "A Young Innovator's Guide to STEM" creates an innovation movement for anybody under the age of 18. Gitanjali Rao was selected from a field of more than 5,000 nominees as TIME's first-ever 'Kid of the Year'. Photo courtesy of Time Magazine. Gitanjali Rao, a 12-year-old schoolgirl from America, is a perfect example of why women can lead the way up in science too. She was interviewed by actor and activist Angelina Jolie for the TIME special. A series of innovations . Gitanjali Rao is 12 years old and is a 8th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with a device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques. Rao is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and "Kindly"—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and natural language processing. Gitanjali was only 10-years-old when she told her family that she wanted to research carbon nanotube sensor technology at the Denver Water Quality research lab. She was interviewed by actress and activist Angelina Jolie for the special cover which honours kids’ achievements. From earning Indian classical dance to addressing cyber bullying and safe drinking water, all you need to know about Gitanjali Rao, Time magazine’s Kid of the Year 2020. Recently, she demonstrated her lead-detection device, at 2018 MAKERS Conference, built in response to the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Selected from among 5,000 nominees of TIME magazine’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’, 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao of Indian-American descent featured on the much-coveted cover. The book focuses on sharing a roadmap to innovation with a practical process for innovation and foolproof tips to compete in STEM and other contests. Gitanjali’s parents, Bharathi and Ram Rao, have an academic background and introduced both Gitanjali and her brother Anirudh to different topics appropriate to their ages. Gitanjali Rao as Time Kid of the Year, 2020. Gitanjali’s parents, Bharathi and Ram Rao, come from an academic background, and have always supported their daughter’s quest to learn new things. Last year, as an 11-year-old, Gitanjali became America's top young scientist.