Each year since 1927, TIME has selected a Person of the Year to feature in the pages of the magazine. In addition to that annual feature, this year, the magazine is highlighting its first-ever TIME Kid of the Year. On the cover of the Dec. 14 edition of the magazine, you’ll find a face familiar to many in the Scouting community – STEM Scout Gitanjali Rao.
Her continued focus on innovation has led her to scientific breakthroughs in detecting harmful contaminants in water and diagnosing early stage opioid addiction. Those advances come in addition to her earlier work developing a life-saving device for snake bites.
In 2017, she was chosen America’s Top Young Scientist as winner of the 2017 Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and the BSA’s own Middle Tennessee Council recognized her as its STEM Scout of the Year in 2017. These honors led to her inclusion in the delegation for the 2017 BSA Report to the Nation.
Undoubtedly, these outstanding accomplishments are just the beginning for this impressive and inspiring STEM Scout.
A hearty congratulations to STEM Scout Gitanjali Rao for being recognized as the TIME 2020 Kid of the Year!
You can also watch her interview below:
all photos Sharif Hamza for TIME.