8 year old Xochitl received the Women’s prize from the Nuclear Science Institute (ICN) for her scientific accomplishments.
Xochitl Guadalupe Cruz, is an 8-year-old from the Chiapas highlands, in southeastern Mexico. Earlier this week she became was the proud recipient of the Nuclear Science Institute (ICN) Recognition for Women award, from the national autonomous university of mexico.
Cruz is in 3rd third grade of a Mexican rural school, and has shown a keen interest in Science from a young age. At aged 4 she took part in Mexico’s Adopt a Talent Program (PAUTA) for intellectually advanced children which paved ways for her recent achievements.
Mexican news outlet El Universal reports the prize was awarded for “demonstrating outstanding skills on science diffusion”
“I’m very happy to win these prizes. I never thought I would come this far, this is an unexplainable emotion,” says Cruz.
PAUTA is run by the National Autonomous University of Mexico with the intention to develop scientific skills in children and teenagers. The scheme uses a mentorship program where they “adopt” a child, offering them guidance and mentorship on science projects which can benefit society.
Xochilt has won several prizes since taking up mentorship, including first place in the expo science fair in 2017 for her “Warm Bath” project.
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Xochitl has also used her gift to help at home. With the help of her father she built a solar water heater- using two glass doors, a few bottles, a hose, and a tank.
Her idea for the heater came due to environmental concerns. “There are people with low resources that have no chance at buying heating systems, so they cut down trees to get firewood and therefore they hurt the world with global warming,” Says Xochitl.
State coordinator of PAUTA Jesus Iradier Santiago, has said that many children with great academic and scientific abilities are missing out in Mexico. He says this is due to lack of resources being provided by local government and families often missing or not nurturing the talents they have.
The father of Xochitl Lucio Guadalupe, has said families should “support the little ones, who are the future,” and says that they have supported Xochitl unconditionally from the start.
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