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Top Young Scientist Award

Brilliant minds are not limited by age and neither is caring for others.

The top young scientist has been crowned for 2012.

The 14-year-old school student from New Hampshire, Deepika Kurup, was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” for inventing a solar-powered water jug that has the ability to change dirty water into a purified drinking water.

Deepika Kurup did not only surpass 9 other finalists with her science and math skills to win $25,000 from Discovery Education and 3M. Kurup persuaded the judges with a fantastic five minute long, live presentation about the difficulty of a billion less fortunate people who have no access to clean drinking water.

The design is a cost effective and sustainable water-purification system, which harnesses solar energy to disinfect contaminated water. Kurup uses her own innovative process designed to overcome current problems with portable purification. The process will kill many types of bacteria in a fraction of the time of other methods. More than a billion people don’t have access to clean water, so the judges felt that Kurup’s low-cost invention could change lives, especially in developing countries.

Kurup’s invention uses two chemicals. The two chemicals used are titanium oxide and zinc oxide. Kurup explains that under the influence of sunlight, the chemicals undergo a chemical change, producing hydroxyl radicals that can attack and destroy certain types of bacteria to disinfect contaminated water.

Clean water is one of the most important causes to work for right now.

Caring for others caused an invention to aid and supports other humans in their quality of life. I, for one, will investigate how to contribute to Deepika Kurup’s cause. I have seen the video on numerous websites and will continue to share it.

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