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TIME Magazine’s 2020 “Kid of the Year”
Innovate and Create
Our generation is growing up in a time where we’re seeing problems that have never existed before. Older tools and technique don’t necessarily work anymore to solve such issues. We need a different approach that builds on the latest developments in science and takes an alternate path to innovation. Now more than ever, it’s time to come together to make a difference in society. But how exactly do we make that change?
Gitanjali Rao, innovator and America’s Top Young Scientist, brings to you an interactive experience to help immerse students in the process of innovation. Recognized by ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Marvel’s Hero Project, the accomplished author builds on her experiences and provides a prescriptive step-by-step process for identifying problems and developing solutions. A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM strives to impact students, teachers, and educators to adapt to a new learning style—one that can have a positive impact on society.
What do you say? Let’s come together and create an innovation movement!
About the Author
Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device "Tethys"—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali 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.
She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired thirty thousand students in the last two years across three continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.
"Gitanjali Rao is an inspiring innovator and motivational speaker about her experiences as America's Top Young Scientist. In her book, she provides an infrastructure to help students, teachers, and parents solve real-world problems in a way that can lead to real change. As a former educator, district leader, and STEM thought leader, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming an innovator to make the world a better place."
— Dr. Cindy Moss, VP, Global STEM, Discovery Education
"Gitanjali has done a remarkable job breaking down the process of innovation—all the way from developing the curiosity and mindset of an innovator, to competing in global competitions. It is a very fun, fast read, with plenty of rich strategies and tips that are clearly drawing on her experiences as a young innovator, to competing in global competitions. It is a very fun, fast read, with plenty of rich strategies and tips that are clearly drawing on her experience as a young innovator. She doesn't shy away from sharing her hesitations at each step—brainstorming can feel unproductive, research can feel intimidating, teamwork can be slow—but for every roadblock, she provides. Well done, Gitanjali! I hope each and every kid in the world reads this book and realizes that nothing stops them from innovating and making the world better. What an awesome message!"
— Tara Chklovski, Founder and CEO, Technovation
"Gitanjali's thoughtful insights and step-by-step guidance provide practical lessons for creative thinkers and problem solvers to build crucial real-world skills for personal growth and impactful innovation. A role model herself, Gitanjali's entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to empowering young minds inspires readers of all ages. Students, educators, and parents will learn how to think differently and work more effectively to solve the problems of tomorrow."
— Karlie Kloss, Supermodel, Entrepreneur, and Founder of Kode with Klossy
"Gitanjali's book is a delightfully personal, practical, and inspiring how-to on STEM innovation and the magic that can transpire when kids are free to embrace failure, think bigger, and dare to make their creative visions a reality. Ever passionate, courageous, and kind, Gitanjali leads by example, sparking a movement for a better and more inclusive tomorrow."
— Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Professor, Harvard University, Broad Institute
"A Young Innovator's Guide to STEM is an engaging book that guides teachers, parents, and students through ideation, innovation, and problem-solving. Gitanjali relates her process for coming up with her innovations along with the practical processes, tools, and tips for aspiring innovators and creative thinkers who want to make their ideas a reality as teenagers."
— Esther Wojcicki, Cofounder, Tract