Youth Revolution: #BeTheChange

Youth Revolution: #BeTheChange

by Kiara Nirghin


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Youth Revolution is the inspirational story of how Kiara Nirghin, a sixteen-year-old high-school student from Johannesburg, overcame severe health obstacles to win the grand prize at the 2016 International Google Science Fair for her unique and innovative solution to worldwide drought. Having experienced bacterial meningitis, undiagnosed bilharzia and severe weight loss, Kiara was forced to postpone her school career for hospitalization, with a real chance of losing her hearing, her sight and the use of her limbs. Youth Revolution not only covers her journey from the hospital bed to the international stage as the winner of the science award, but also looks at issues surrounding stagnant youth innovation, while considering the dangers of lacking diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The book includes contributions from prominent women in science and education, among them Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781776093564
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,246,905
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kiara Nirghin is a scientist, student and speaker. She has featured in both The Times and The Guardian’s list of their top 30 most influential teens, and was invited by Forbes and TED to speak about her work. Kiara was recently named one of the United Nations Young Champions of the Earth and one of the fifty most inspiring women in technology. Using these platforms, Kiara actively promotes the importance of protecting our environment through innovation and getting young girls involved in this process. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword xi

Part 1 Physical decomposition

Introduction 3

1 My teeth are still not straight 5

2 Parasitic behaviour 17

3 Stained-glass hospital window 29

Part 2 Survival after the drought

4 Curious parasite 41

5 Probing and poaching parasite 51

6 Orange parasite 63

7 My SAPcess 71

Part 3 Unfamiliar headway

8 The growing seedling 83

9 Inspiratinal polymers 91

10 Germination collation 101

Appendix - My Google Science Award submission 111

Bibliography 125

References 127

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