Pidilite Ind, one of the leading companies in consumer and specialty chemicals, under the aegis of it Arts, Stationery and Fabrics division, announced the winners of the grand finale of Fevicol Science Project Challenge 2012 held in Mumbai on April 29th, 2013. Mitra Academy School Bangalore bagged the prize in senior category for their project on ‘Our Future City – Greentech city’ whereas Gowtham Model School from Ongole, Andhra Pradesh won the competition in junior category for their project on ‘Water-Managing the most precious resource’. Four teams each for junior and senior categories qualified to the grand finale out of over 737 schools, 185000 students, and 61667 teams who participated from across the country. This contest is for the students from standards 5 to 10 and is open to all schools in India.
Fevicol Science project Challenge is a quest to nurture the next generation of scientists and thinkers. This contest encourages students to think about topics that are related to their everyday life, futuristic concepts and make 3D models of their interpretations of the subject/topic. The 3D modeling is to promote the “Learning by doing” attitude so that the young minds understand the theory as well as the actual working of the concepts. Therefore, this contest provides the students an opportunity to challenge their own creativity and convert class room learning into workable concepts and models.
Rahul Sinha, President- Sales & Marketing - CPASF, Pidilite Industries Limited, Mumbai, said “Projects and models make a subject like Science fun and creative, and Fevicol has been associated with such projects for a long time now. Through Science project challenge we want students to Dream, Imagine, Observe and Create. All the projects displayed in finals were commendable. I congratulate the winners and wish them good luck for future.”
The challenge began in mid September 2012 for the children in 5-10th standard. The first round was judged in the school itself by the principals and teachers. Schools uploaded the pictures of the winning projects on the company website along with a brief on chosen topic, principles and working of the 3D model. Further, these projects were reviewed by expert panel who chose 4 projects each from junior team ( standard 5th to 7th ) and 4 projects from Senior team ( 8th to 10th Standard ).
The judges for the finale were Bhagwat – Chairman, Navi Mumbai Science Foundation and Ex BARC Scientist, Mumbai and Shrikanth Pathak - Curator, Nehru Science Center, Mumbai. Dr Tulsi Mukherjee - Distinguished Scientist, DAE (Retired) & Former Director, Chemistry Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai graced as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour was Mr Shivaprasad - Director - Nehru Science Center, Mumbai.
Ms Spurti from Team Mitra Academy, senior category, while expressing his feeling said, “We are delighted and proud to have won this challenge. It was truly a learning experience for us as we had an opportunity to study and research. Our project aimed at conceptualizing and creating a sustainable and inclusive future city. We chose to take up sub topic of ‘greentech’. Our project highlighted how we can eliminate the difference between urban and rural areas to combine the goodness of both to create a inclusive city which will have space for humans and nature equally. We look forward to participating next year also.”
Master Kartik from Team Gowtham School, Junior Category, said, “It’s a dream come true for us. This is big moment for us. We thank Fevicol MR for giving us this platform. We could explore the given subject a lot more. We, through our project, highlighted the need of conserving and managing the most precious resource-Water. Most parts of our country are facing water shortage. We believe that Water should not only be preserved but should be managed effectively to meet the ends.”
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