Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López is turning heads in science! At the young age of 8, this girl set out to find an alternative to heating water with firewood for her family. Little did she know, she would become the most talked about inventor in Mexico. Now, this isn’t Xóchitl’s first time on the science block. She has been entering and winning science competitions since she was 4 years old! Yes, you read that right… 4 YEARS OLD!
It was through the PAUTA Program (Adopt a Talent Program) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). that she was able to fully invest herself into creating amazing scientific projects. Xóchitl set out to make a social impact. To change the world around her for the better. “Xochitl’s Essence”, was her first project with PAUTA, where she set up a home lab to extract flower essences. This project won first place at the PAUTA state fair.
In 2018, Xóchitl became the first child to ever win the Instituto de Ciencia Nuclear (ICN) de Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Women’s Recognition Award. She was 9 years old at the time. The project that won her this award was called “Warm Bath.” She designed and created a water heater made of recycled materials. She was inspired by her community to build a better way to heat water while stopping deforestation for firewood and as a result, decrease the negative impact on the environment.
“In San Cristóbal, it’s very cold most of the year so if people shower with cold water, they can get sick with respiratory illnesses and constantly have to go to the doctor. These are low-income people who don’t have the possibility to buy these heaters, so what they do is cut the trees to get firewood, which affects the world through climate change. So, what I did is make this project, this heater, from recycled objects that don’t hurt the environment.” – Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López
Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López is living proof that when you take a look around you, there are innovative and creative ways to solve everyday problems in our local communities. We are looking forward to seeing what is to come of this now 11-year-old genius. Who knows, maybe she’ll team up with her fellow young genius and UNAM schoolmate Carlos Santamaría Díaz.