"America's Top Young Scientist" is a 14-year-old who invented a soap that treats skin cancer.
Heman Bekele, a ninth grader from Annandale, Virginia, won the prestigious award from 3M and Discovery Education, considered one of the country's top middle school science competitions.
"I believe that young minds can make a positive impact on the world," Heman said in his submission for the award.
Heman developed a compound-based bar of soap designed to treat melanoma. The bar of soap costs about $.50 to make.
Bekele calls the product skin cancer-treating soap or SCTS. He says that following a prescription, the product can be applied to the skin every couple of days. Bekele has planned to put the prize money toward securing a patent and college.
Source: USA Today