Science can change the world: Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner
“I feel that I became a role model to many in terms of how science and scientists are viewed in Brazil.”
What has it meant to be the recipient of the People’s Choice Award for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize?
A lot. First, I became the very first Brazilian to win this category of the prize. Brazil has been participating since 2017. I feel that I became a role model to many in terms of how science and scientists are viewed in Brazil – perhaps scientists do not receive the kind of recognition that they should. This award changes that in a way. Science can really change the world. The one month of recognition across Brazil’s news channels meant that people believe more in science than they did before. Several teenagers were also inspired.
Second and the most important: I have contact with people of my age from all over the world. I have a lot of friends from different cultures with the same desire to solve problems. Normally, it has been difficult to meet teenagers who share the same interest as me.
In which year will you graduate from school? What are your aspirations for the future?
I will finish my school in December 2022. I hope to study abroad in the field of mechatronics, and learn about new cultures. It is something that I realised during my journey with Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Are you the next winner?
The prestigious competition Stockholm Junior Water Prize has been an annual event since 1997. In national competitions across the world and in the international final, students between 15 and 20 years old are honoured for their water-related science projects.Learn more and participate