Nightly News | June 05, 2013
>>> finally tonight it might be years before we see it -- a device that charges your cell phone in 20 seconds, but the invention of its kind is the work of a california teenager who has shown an uncanny ability at a young age to think big . her story tonight from nbc's miguel almaguer.
>> reporter: at lynnbrook high school in san jose , california , 18-year-old isha care will tell you she's a typical teen.
>> i think i'm normal. i love talking to people. i love having fun.
>> reporter: ordinary is a word few would use to describe this extraordinary student.
>> i think i really try to go after what i'm complaining about and find a solution to that.
>> reporter: when her cell phone battery constantly died she turned her frustration into innovation.
>> reporter: in a lab at u.c. santa cruz she developed a super capt capt capacitor which could charge a cell phone in as little as 20 second es.
>> this has all the charge to hold. when you put it in a cell phone the charge will be transferred.
>> people do ph.d. dissertations on topics like she did in high school . she is exceptional.
>> reporter: exceptional is one way to put it.
>> from saratoga, california , isha carere.
>> reporter: in may she won $50,000 for her breast cancerthrough research.
>> it was great for me that my hard work and the work of so many people that helped me has been recognized.
>> reporter: she's always been at the top of her class academically. her success goes further than just the classroom. an accomplished dancer, she also plays varsity field hockey.
>> she's the last one to leave the field, the first one to be here.
>> reporter: already recruited by high tech companies this young inventor says college is next.
>> i hope to pursue science, but i will be attending harvard this fall. i hope to explore and see where i fit best and continue on from there.
>> reporter: a budding scientist with a future as promising as her discoveries. miguel almaguer, nbc news, san jose , california .