Meet Gitanjali Rao: Teen Scientist And TIME 'Kid Of The Year' : Short Wave Fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao is a scientist, inventor, and TIME Magazine's first-ever 'Kid Of The Year.' She shares why she didn't initially think science was for her, what motivates her now, and a bit of advice for other budding innovators.

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This Teen Scientist Is TIME's First-Ever 'Kid Of The Year'

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This Teen Scientist Is TIME's First-Ever 'Kid Of The Year'

This Teen Scientist Is TIME's First-Ever 'Kid Of The Year'

This Teen Scientist Is TIME's First-Ever 'Kid Of The Year'

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Gitanjali Rao speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles, California. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS hide caption

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Gitanjali Rao speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles, California.

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Fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao is a scientist, inventor, and TIME Magazine's first-ever 'Kid Of The Year.' She shares why she didn't initially think science was for her, what motivates her now, and a bit of advice for other budding innovators.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was edited by Viet Le, and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.