America’s Top Young Scientist at the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Deepika Kurup.
The days when brainiacs were strictly associated with the male gender are long gone. Girls not only take up math and science, but excel in what were once considered "mannish" fields. It is a certainty that genius girls existed in the past, but they didn't get the acknowledgement they deserved. Nowadays female intelligence is embraced and encouraged at any age. Need I mention the press coverage that four year-old Heidi Hankins received for her IQ score of 159, only one point away from that of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking? Although science verges on becoming a "girl thing," there is still plenty of room for involvement. And guess what? Research indicates that the greater the female participation, the bigger the team intelligence.
This last October, a girl from Nashua, New Hampshire was named America's Top Young Scientist at the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Fourteen year-old Deepika Kurup's idea of a photo-catalytic rod for green and sustainable water purification won her the prize of $25,000 in the competition that was originally about inventing prototypes to solve an everyday problem. Deepika's innovation concentrated on the usage of solar energy to disinfect drinking water thus making it possible, in the most eco-friendly way, for millions more people to have access to clean drinking water. What a noble purpose and an ingenious invention! As long as "girlie" brains persist in engaging with science to a larger degree, it seems we will increasingly have fewer issues to worry about.
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