Sahithi Pingali a class 12th student of Inventory Academy, Bengaluru joined an elite league of people to have a minor planet in Milky Way named after her. The honor comes after she excelled in the International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition.
Sahithi Pingali has a Milky Way Planet named after her. She made this as an acknowledgment for her excelling in International Science and Engineering Fair presenting an app. As one of the 2000 finalists, she presented her paper an innovative of the crowdsourced approach to monitoring freshwater bodies based on her experience after having developed an integrated mobile phone app, a lake monitoring kit that obtains data through crowdsourcing. Currently, she is pursuing an internship at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Michigan to improve her method further to detect water pollution.
Why Sahithi Pingali selected Bengaluru’s polluted lakes?
The journey of Sahithi Pingali began back in 2015. She had the chance to study the impact of urban development on the city’s lakes and water supply with the scholarship presented by Inventure Academy. This study was to create a documentary to participate in American Indian Foundation(AIF) Youth Ambassador Program. This platform fetched her the chance to be part of Inventure Academy’s change-making initiative “Our Lakes, Our Voice (OLOV).”
Sahithi Pingali worked on an experimental case study on the foaming Varthur Lake, Bengaluru. In this project, she got involved in-depth about the research knowing about reasons for pollution of rivers. Once she was into the depth of the study, she started getting interested in this field. The dedication and commitment of her team members convinced that a project could process including volunteer for the samples.
The lakes are now famous for their stink and toxic foam. One lake even caught fire because of toxic material present on the surface of the lake. With so many polluted lakes, the government cannot keep track of it all. 90% of all wastewater in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes, and seas.
To solve this serious problem venture Academy’s change-making initiative “Our Lakes, Our Voice (OLOV)” is the solution. Sahithi Pingali is the head of this project. They developed an app using crowdsourcing, mobile, cloud, and big data. This project can be called “Lake Water Taking System.”
Lake Water Taking System consists of 3 parts. An electronic sensing device, contaminated tests slips and the mobile application. To use the electronic sensing device, the user takes the sensing portion of the instrument and dips it into the sample of contaminated water. The reading taken from the sensor is on the phone screen through a mobile application and then uploaded to the Central Cloud Platform. For taking readings without using the electronic sensing device, contaminated tests slip acts as an alternative. For readings, these test strips dipped into the sample of contaminated water. Then, according to the toxic level of the sample, there will be a color change on the strip. Then this color change is clicked and uploaded to the app. The special software identified the readings of the water by analyzing the color on the strip. And, the readings uploaded to the Central Cloud Platform.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little Extra.”- Jimmy Johnson
Sahithi Pingali, a Bengaluru teen who created an app relating to crowdsourcing about polluted lakes. A Milky Way planet named after her. She is an inspiration for the youth of India. She is an example, proving the potential of students in the social responsibility and affection towards the passion in life.
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