Each year in North America, twenty-five kids (8-18 years) from diverse backgrounds are awarded Gloria Barron Prize for making a significant positive difference to people and the environment. This time five Indian-origin kids have been selected for their extraordinary initiatives and for being the most inspiring, public-spirited children .
- Raghav Ganesh
Raghav (14) built a device named SmartWalk to help the visually-impaired. It is an electronic add-on which uses sensors to detect objects beyond the reach of the white canes and extend the cane’s range and improve the mobility of the blind users. Raghav has also invented a wearable device that can predict and prevent autistic outbursts.
- Pooja Nagpal
Pooja (18) launched an initiative For a Change, Defend focused on ending violence against women worldwide by teaching self-defense to women and girls. As of now, she has trained over 800 women and girls in the slums and rural villages of India. Her initiative has helped females strengthened their physical as well as mental abilities through various discussions and activities.
- Anurudh Ganesan
Anurudh (16), 2015 Google Science Fair finalist, has invented zero-energy ‘Vaxxwagon’ to deliver life-saving vaccines quickly and efficiently. With the help of a few professors, Ganesan studied thermodynamic design to come up with the method. His prototype system, which he calls the VAXXWAGON, can keep vaccines between the required 2 and 8 degrees Celsius for several hours.
- Meghana Reddy
Meghana (17) founded a non-profit organisation Limbs with Love which makes prosthetic hands with the help of 3D printing technology and donates them to children and adults all over the world. As of now, she has produced and donated nearly 90 prosthetic hands to children in the US and India.
- Maya Burhanpurkar
An Indo-Canadian scientist Maya (17) created a documentary 400 PPM which raised awareness all around the world on climate change. the film refers to the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which now exceeds 400 parts per million, the highest level seen in the history of our species.