STEM Scout Named America’s Top Young Scientist

Photo: Andy King, Discovery Education

Last week, STEM Scout Gitanjali “Anjali” Rao was named the winner of the 2017 Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge, making the world a better place in the process.

Anjali’s award-winning project, the Tethys, enables users to test for lead levels in water with greater ease and effectiveness than many existing testing processes. This tool, named after the Greek goddess of fresh water, has potentially life-saving implications for communities around the globe.

However, this isn’t Anjali’s first Good Turn in the world of STEM. We met this 11-year-old innovator back in February, after her life-saving device for snake bites earned her the title of Middle Tennessee Council’s STEM Scout of the Year. Flash forward to October, and she’s already invented yet another way to save lives before the year has even ended (classic Anjali).

Be sure to check out Anjali’s Tethys device in the video below from Good Morning America.

Read more about Anjali’s inventions, her thoughts on girls in STEM, and more by reading her recent interview from TIME for Kids magazine.

Find out how you can follow your curiosities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by heading to to find a lab near you!


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Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at