Iris Gupta, a 12 year old NRI from Maryland, US, has become one of the 10 finalists at the ‘Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge’ for her work on stopping allergy symptoms before they begin.
Gupta suggested that histamines, which come out in presence of an allergen, can be stopped by injecting or inhaling gold nano-particles. The suggestion still needs validation; however, Raha Been, Gupta’s mentor in the Challenge and 3M scientist, appreciated the effort. Been explained that she is glad with the passion with which Gupta has tried to find a solution for allergies as it could improve the quality of people’s life. Gupta took inspiration for anti-allergy project from her friend’s peanut allergy and her own issues with cats. The Challenge is a competition across the US for middle schoolers interested in science. The winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000 along with an “adventure trip”.
Importantly, five Indian-Americans made it to the final ten in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition to develop scientific plans to solve everyday problems.
3M has recently collaborated with the Discovery Education to host Premier National Science Competition for all middle school students in the US.
"The Young Scientist Challenge is an example of Discovery Education's longstanding commitment to science education," said Bill Goodwyn, President of Discovery Education. "This competition is especially important for students who were enthusiastic about science in elementary school, and who need encouragement to deepen their interest in scientific inquiry as they approach high school and college." 3M is, at its core, a science-based company committed to developing innovative technologies that produce thousands of imaginative products.