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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been an ongoing problem, for years at this point. We first learned of the contamination in 2014. And while politicians say that the issue has been remedied, residents are still skeptical, claiming that they are still experiencing the effects of the lead.

In more ways than one, girls are leading the way toward awareness and reform. There’s Amariyanna Copeny, also known “Little Miss Flint” who has been alerting the country of the city’s catastrophe.

And now, another young lady from Colorado is lending her talents. 12-year-old Gitanjali Rao developed a lead detector. Rao’s invention won her a $25,000 and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist in the 2017 Young

Scientist Challenge. Rao shared that her concern for Flint inspired her desire to create the device.

Rao’s device will detect lead within seconds using carbon molecules and a mobile add. Before her invention, water samples had to be sent away to process results.

Rao’s teacher, Simi Basu, believes that she’ll be able to take the invention to the market.

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