Deepika designed a reasonably priced water purifier which functions with the help of solar power. She won a cash prize of $25,000, along with the award.
Deepika was declared as the winner of ‘Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge’ after three rounds and she had to compete with nine other finalists to achieve the title.
“One of the challenges was to create prototypes using 3M products. We were asked to come up with solutions to problems faced in the world. In this round, I designed a light-weight, non-inflammable spacecraft,” said Kurup, reports Times of India.
Deepika’s mother, Meena Pradeep, said, “She read many research papers before designing the purifier. She has always good in academics and the captain of the Science and Math teams at school.”
Deepika also got the opportunity to meet President Barrack Obama.