6 Colorado Kids Making a Difference

photo: Gitanjali Rao

Twelve-year-old Gitanjali Rao of Lone Tree. Photo courtesy Eliza Donley Nolte

Meet six remarkable Colorado tweens and teens who are making a positive impact in their community.

A Push for Safer Water

Gitanjali Rao, 12, Lone Tree

“I heard about the Flint water crisis, and it was appalling to me,” says 12-year-old Gitanjali Rao (pictured above). While the rest of us were wishing for better, this eighth grader took action, … [more…]

Green water-purification system works without heavy metals or corrosive chemicals

Green water-purification system works without heavy metals or corrosive chemicals

This photo shows a concentrator where samples were placed. Credit: Dan Wang

Scientists at the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and Yangzhou University (YZU) in Jiangsu have developed an effective and energy-efficient technique for purifying water by using graphitic carbon nitride sheets.

Their prototype, presented February 7 in the journal Chem, purified pathogen-rich water in 30 min, killing over 99.9999% of … [more…]

11-Year-Old Just Developed New Sensor to Detect Lead in Tap Water

photo: Gitanjali Rao Just Developed The First Sensor To Detect Lead In Tap Water—Proving Kids Are Awesome

Photograph courtesy of 3M

Proving kids are awesome. She was just named “America’s Next Top Scientist.”

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which revealed the city’s drinking water contained dangerous amounts of lead, has caused many people to be concerned about the quality of tap water across the country. One of those people is 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao from Lone Tree, Colorado.

The difference between this seventh grader and most others, … [more…]