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TIME destaca a niña chiapaneca como Young Inventor

Los editores de TIME for Kids platicaron con siete jóvenes innovadores que utilizan STEM y su imaginación para crear nuevas soluciones a problemas sociales alrededor del mundo.

Por TIME for Kids

The editors of TIME for Kids spoke with seven incredible young innovators. They’re using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and their imaginations to invent new solutions to problems faced by people around the world.

When she was 8, Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López lived in a home that was often without hot water. The same was true for many other residents of San Cristóbal de las Casas. “People here have to take baths with cold water. They have a lot of respiratory diseases,” she told TIME through an interpreter. “I wanted to do something.” So Xóchitl created Warm Bath, a solar-powered water heater made of easy-to-get recycled objects, including water bottles, plastic connectors and rubber hose. It costs about $30 to assemble.

Xóchitl made Warm Bath with the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s adopt-a-talent science program, PAUTA. In 2018, she was the first child to receive the university’s Institute of Nuclear Sciences’ Recognition for Women award. Now 11, Xóchitl plans to apply for a patent this year. —Constance Gibbs