The froth on the lakes of Bengaluru has generated a lot of interest in social media. We wondered and blamed the unchecked urban growth and the lack of interest from the government-our role apparently ended there.
But the efforts of a the 12th standard student of Inventure Academy named Sahithi Pingali, have been recognised in a rather universal way – the 12th standard student has had a planet in the Milky Way named after her because of her efforts!
What did she do? Well, Sahithi had developed an app to collect data on the frothy, polluted lakes of Bengaluru through crowd-sourcing. Her study of the lakes began through her school.
“I also had a chance to be a key part of Inventure Academy’s change-making initiative, Our Lakes, Our Voice (OLOV), where I conducted an experiential case study on the foaming Varthur Lake” says the proud student.
She introduced the app in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and was one of the 2000 finalists from around the world. She came within the top 3 percent at the ISEF competition – and for that achievement, the Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who has the right to choose the name of minor planets, decided to name a planet after her. That is a big achievement and the whole nation was proud of her and her efforts.
Sahithi is currently doing an internship at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Michigan.