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  • Gitanjali Rao, TIME Kid of the Year, to Speak as Featured Guest for Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Science Speaker Series

    On July 28, at 7pm, Gitanjali Rao, TIME Kid of the Year, will speak at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association’s (MMA) Science Speaker Series. Her talk, “The Role of Science and Technology as a Catalyst for Social Change” is part of our FREE Science Speaker Series and will be held via Zoom.  

    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. Rao 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. 
    Rao was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "TIME Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 50,000 students in the last two years across four 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.   

    Rao is the author of the book Young Innovator's Guide to STEM, which guides students, educators, and teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process. 
    In her talk for the MMA, Rao will share her innovation journey including some of her recognized innovations, her process, the need for awareness and community service, and the importance of supporting youth and girls.  
    To register for this event, please follow the link below: 
    For the full Science Speaker Series schedule, please visit our website here: 

    This series is generously presented by our lead sponsor, Bank of America, and additional sponsors, Cape Air, Cisco Brewers, and White Elephant Resorts. 
    The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. 


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