A 13 year old Indian-American girl Maanasa Mendu from Ohio, has won the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientists Challenge. She became ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’.
Maanasa is a Eight-grade student of William Mason High School,Ohio. She won this award for innovating a cost-effective device, which is just $5, to generate electricity from wind power in a eco-friendly way. Apart from the award she received a cash prize $25,000 (Rs.16 lakhs) for her future endeavors.
Maanasa got the idea of developing this technology when she Visited India and observed few villages which still have no basic needs like electricity and clean water. she created a biocompatible device that can create energy using solar leaves. She named the device Harvest since it is created to extract solar and wind power to create cost effective energy.
Scientists at Discovery 3M said, “Her scientific thinking reflected the compition’s goal of applying sciene to everyday life which created a solution that will improve many people’s lifes in the world”.
The second position was also secured by an Indian American Boy Rohan Wagh from Portland.