By Jesse Sarles

LONE TREE, Colo. (CBS4) – Time Magazine has announced their “Kid of the Year,” and it’s Gitanjali Rao, a 15-year-old scientist and inventor from Colorado. Rao lives in Lone Tree.

READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Monsoon Storms Become More Numerous Monday And Tuesday

Kid of the Year is the magazine’s way to recognize extraordinary young leaders making a positive impact in their community.

(credit: CBS)

In a Zoom interview with Angelina Jolie, Rao spoke about her astonishing work using technology to tackle issues like contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction and cyberbullying. She was chosen out of 5,000 applicants.

Gitanjali Rao

(credit: CBS)

Rao said her goal is to make people happy and to use technology and science to make change.

MORE NEWS: Highway 125 In Grand County Closed For Mudslide

Rao invented a device that detects lead in water. She decided to make the device after learning about the Flint water crisis in Michigan.

Jesse Sarles