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15 year old US girl crowned, 'America's Top Young Scientist'

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A 15-year-old US girl was crowned "America's Top Young Scientist" for producing an innovative prototype to help developing countries tap energy from ocean currents, a contest which had five Indian-American teens among the finalists.

Hannah Herbst was named winner of the 2015 Discovery Education 3M young scientist challenge for creating a prototype that seeks to offer a stable power of source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents, local media reported.

15 yr old girl crowned 'America's Young Scientist'

The award includes USD 25,000 and a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica. Ms Herbst, a ninth grader from Florida Atlantic University High School, competed alongside nine other middle school finalists on Tuesday during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Centre in St Paul, Minnesota.Ms Herbst said the idea for this innovation dawned upon her during conversations with a nine-year-old friend who lives in Ethiopia in northwest Africa, where infrequent and unstable power supply poses a major challenge, according to the local media.

Among the 10 finalists were five Indian-American - Raghav Ganesh, Krishna Shetty, Sanjana Shah, Iris Gupta and Amulya Garimella. The finalists are judged on their scientific problem solving, innovation and ingenuity, and communication skills.Last year, Indian-American Sahil Doshi, a ninth grader from Pittsburg, had won the competition for his innovative design of an eco-friendly device that seeks to reduce carbon footprint while offering power for household usage.

PTI

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