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8 year old girl first to be recognized for scientific contributions by Nuclear Science Institute

Altos de Chiapas, Chiapas — An 8-year-old girl has become the first to be recognized for her scientific achievements by the Nuclear Science Institute in Mexico.

Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López, an eight-year-old third grade girl, became the first child to receive recognition from the Nuclear Science Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) for her outstanding contributions in scientific dissemination.

The third-grader has undertaken several science projects, among one of which was a solar heater for her house that she made with glass doors, hoses and bottles. All of her projects have resulted in recognition at various fairs.

For the past four years, Xóchitl Guadalupe has participated in the Adopt-a-Talent Program (PAUTA) of UNAM and has won in various fairs where she has presented projects with a high social impact.

“There are low-income people who do not have the possibility of buying heaters, so they cut down trees to get firewood and that affects the world with global warming,” the girl said during her thank you speech, adding her plan to make solar heaters more available.

Originally from the Altos de Chiapas area, she received the ICN Recognition for Women awarded by the Science Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Her father is her assistant, saying he will support her in her future as a researcher.

Xóchitl says her plan is to create a larger heater with solar panels, for which she is seeking support from universities or researchers.