Discovery Education and 3M hold an annual competition where young American innovators develop solutions to everyday problems. A 14 year old has won America’s Top Young Scientist prize for her innovative clean water system.

Ninth grader Deepika Kurup’s new technology could help more than 1.1 billion people throughout the world without access to clean water. The system has great potential for people suffering natural disasters and those living in war zones.

Kurup’s prototype takes solar energy and uses it to disinfect contaminated water in an innovative, cost effective and sustainable system. Second place went to Carolyn Jons for her innovative packaging method that inhibits mold growth and helps keep food fresh longer.

Kurup’s technology won her the prestigious title as well as a whopping $25,000. If you or anyone you know has an invention idea and needs help, please contact us at New Product Consulting.