Yoga at Inventure Academy focuses on analyzing happiness, moral values, character building and physical health. The eight limbs of yoga by Patanjali which are Yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi are the basis of our offering in the yoga class.
All the activities that are held here are focused to develop our awareness, not only about the world but about ourselves, about what we are and what we really want to be and to help bridge the gap.
What is it that gives you real happiness? Happiness that is independent of things and people? What has yoga changed in your body and mentality?
These were a few questions asked to primary Inventurers to sum up their experience after practicing yoga for a whole year. Read below what some students had to say about how they met themselves!
To me real happiness is found while helping ANYONE, may it be my mom, my maid, my brother or anybody. Just seeing smiles on their faces and having the words THANK YOU makes my day. It lifts me up like a hot air balloon in flames, all the good feelings in me.
Yoga has helped me think through things. It has opened me to the world around me. For example : while playing football earlier I used to lose the ball, but now i see the best option and can keep it with me. Jay Mishra (4B)
My happiness is when I am kind to people, it sticks with me even in my saddest moments. When I remember those moments I can see that I am nice and kind. Now I can find my brightest side and be happy. Yoga has not changed anything physically, but asanas as Mollika ma’am said, is only one chapter of yoga. Yoga has helped me find my strengths and makes me more beautiful from inside. In the yoga class I can express my feelings and have myself to me for those 40 mins. Thank you yoga for helping me. I give without expecting anything in return, so..... Sarayu (4B)
I would continue to educate children because that’s what keeps me happy all the time. Yoga has helped me in many ways....my mentality and my body structure. I was not flexible earlier but now i am. Yoga is helping me focus. Tana (4B)
I was very happy when a little boy got his balloon back. I like to be kind and helping people gives me happiness. Yoga makes me calm and brings me out of stress. It expanded my mind by making me see things you can’t see from your eyes. Krisha (4B)
I feel happy to share with people who live on the road. Yoga helps me with silence. Tanvi (1A)
When I give out money food whatever I have to poor people I feel really proud of myself and also happy. Yoga : to give peace, to calm ourselves, gives energy. Shaurya (1A)
The following four teams were voted to be the most promising and inspiring by the Judges and their peers:
Team Aqua Fighters received the ‘Young Changemaker Award for SUSTAINABLE IMPACT and further funding of INR 40,000 for their simple and elegant solution to drastically reduce household use of water and their excellent success in converting households to the use of water aerators and actually reducing household water consumption and wastage.
Team Binfinity received the ‘Young Changemaker Award for SCALABLE IMPACT’and further funding of INR 30,000 for the innovative game app that they developed in a very short time, which promotes waste segregation awareness and habits, which can be used various NGOs working on waste segregation initiatives.
Team Parikrma received the ‘Young Changemaker Award for PROFOUND IMPACT’ and further funding of INR 20,000 for their work in embracing and uplifting the children of migrant laborers in slums and teaching them conversational English…
Team SafeLeaf received the ‘Young Changemaker Award for LARGE MEASURABLE IMPACT’ and further funding of INR 20,000 for their work in changing the waste disposal habits of a whole school across all their events and even during daily consumption…
In the spirit of no winners or losers, the remaining teams - Alpha Byte, Circuit Breakers, empoWer, Green the Red, Reach Out, Red Dot and SOlution Squad - were given a funding of at least INR 5000 each to continue their changemaking projects along with a special commendation certificate and books to further their learning.
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” A quote by Henry Ford, and expressed by Shivjeet Parthasarathy of Grade 12, aptly summed up the Model parliament 3 day conference hosted by Inventure Academy from 7 - 9 December. National issues that concern the youth, like improving the quality of education, polluted lakes, sewage treatment, rainwater harvesting, child labour in family run businesses, rural to urban migration and its impact, to name a few were debated on, conflicts and crises resolved and resolutions passed.
Students from various schools - Deen’s Academy, Oakridge International School, Vidyashilp Academy, Chrysalis High, Global Indian International School and DPS East - participated in the Model Parliament conference hosted by Inventure Academy. Day 1 of the session had introductory speeches by Nooraine Fazal, Founder, CEO and Managing Trustee of Inventure Academy; Kavita Ratna, Director Advocacy of the Concerned for Working Children (CWC); N. Harish, Expert on Constitutional Law & Parliamentary Procedure and Real Estate Laws; and Anil Shetty, President of Nav Bharat Democratic party who encouraged the students to raise and work on meaningful issues that impact them directly.
The conference was aimed at helping our youth get an insight into the functioning of the Indian democracy, and better equip students to exercise a meaningful voice in their future. As Sahana Suraj, Grade 11, DPS East said, ‘Most schools host a MUN or a Model Parliament which is theme based but this has been a different experience as we are getting the best of both. We were given the opportunity to debate on and express our views on issues that concern us and shape the world we live in, especially in our country.’ The 3 day summit came to a brilliant end with an award ceremony for Best, Outstanding and Honorable Legislators.The list of awardees can be found below: State Legislature: Water CrisisBest Legislature - Samyukta ShrivatsaOutstanding Legislature - Shivam Thaker, Akshat NagpalHonourable Legislature - Pratham ShanbhagRajya Sabha: Youth Involvement in PoliticsBest Legislator - Veer PuriOutstanding Legislators - Thavinya Udagedara & Sudish S Honourable Legislators - Aayush Varghese & Yash VisalLok Sabha: Child SafetyBest Legislator - Abhishek ChhabriaOutstanding Legislator - Avanti MenonOutstanding Legislator - Kaavya MundkarHonourable Legislator - Sheryl ThomasHonourable Legislator - Ashmitha KiranHonourable Legislator - Vaishnavi VasishtaEco Council: Economic growth and development in IndiaBest Council Member - Yashvardhan NCOutstanding Council Member - Sahana SurajHonourable Council Member - Arshia TayalNational PressBest Journalist - Anjali Agarwal, Times of IndiaOutstanding Journalist - Nilanjana Mannaraprayil, The PioneerHonourable Journalist - Arundhati Chandrashekhar, Panchajanya
In keeping with our vision to help our students be fit for life, Dr RamG Vallath, a motivational speaker and an Inventure parent, was invited to speak to the Senior school students. Struck by a personal tragedy at a young age, Dr RamG is an epitome of one who has turned adversities into opportunities. Read below his fascinating journey!
RamG Vallath describes himself as the most positive individual he has ever met in his life. At the age of 34, at the height of his successful corporate career, he was stricken down by a rare autoimmune disorder that crippled him and made it difficult for him to use his hands and legs. RamG's journey from there was simultaneously difficult and inspiring. RamG is a published author and his autobiography "From Ouch to Oops" was published in November 2014 and instantly became a bestseller.
Today, RamG is a motivational speaker who has addressed tens of thousands of both corporate employees and students. The key themes that run across his talks are taking end to end ownership in life, pushing oneself outside the boundaries of comfort, staying positive through difficult times, respecting individuals, and most importantly, about turning disadvantages into springboards for success and achieving success through hardwiring happiness. RamG’s aim in life is to touch a million lives positively. RamG is also the parent of 11th Grade student Advay Ramgopal.
His talk to our Grades 11 and 12 was really inspirational. The key takeaways for us was that we can always start life over, at any point in time and that we should never forget to reach out to our loved ones during times of hardship.
Please find below a link to his interview on ChetChat
Kaushik Kunal Singh of Grade 10, whose project "The Plant Doctor: An Artificial Intelligence Based Collaborative Platform for Plant Disease Identification and Tracking" was chosen in the Senior Computer Science category.
Plant disease control is essential for healthy and reliable food production, preservation of natural resources and economic well-being of farmers. For instant identification of plant diseases and deficiencies, we introduce 'The Plant Doctor', a mobile app for farmers that uses state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence to diagnose foliar symptoms. It also tracks outbreaks using disease density maps, with a simple intuitive interface for the common user. The Plant Doctor uses cloud-based Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), a deep learning model that has recently achieved great performance in image recognition. Images of plants are captured and uploaded by users and are immediately diagnosed. To progressively improve diagnosis accuracy, user uploaded images are continually added to the training dataset of the CNN, creating a social collaborative platform for farmers. The disease density maps are rendered from the cumulative knowledge of diseases and their occurrence location.
Samyukta Shrivatsa of Grade 11, was selected for her project "Decentralizing Disaster Risk Reduction – a novel Monte Carlo approach to identifying vulnerabilities in urban planning" in the Senior Environment category. It uses a set of mathematical algorithms (called Monte Carlo Algorithms) to analyze a specific locality and find the possible natural disasters that could affect the area, it also provides a model of the course of the natural disaster, and helps identify areas that will be specially affected as well as ‘safe locations’. The model runs on an easy to use app ‘My Bhumi’ and was inspired by the reports of flooding in Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.
While Sreekari Pingali of Grade 5 qualified for her project "Stray Doggy" in the Junior Environment category.
There are an estimated amount of 30 million stray dogs in India, the number increasing by the day. These stray dogs are a health menace to themselves and to us. They suffer from lack of food and get sick as they are forced to eat garbage. The number of sterilized dogs is very few, therefore they are multiplying in number. The number of adoption centers are very few, and this makes it harder for stray dogs to find a home. These are the reasons why she decided to make an innovative approach toward resolving this problem.
Her project Stray Doggy has three different ways one can help identify stray dogs with ease.
1. A simple mobile app that allows anyone to take a picture of a stray dog and upload it on a website which shows pictures and locations of stray dogs on a map of your city.
2. A Dog Face Recognition system that helps identify if the same dog appears in different pictures and locations. This also helps dog sterilization centers to track dogs they have sterilized.
3. Design a simple durable Dog Collar which is cheap and that can be easily be detected by a camera. The collar can be used to identify and track sterilized dogs.
These 3 students have all qualified for the INSEF which is the Indian qualifying fair for the International Sustainable World Energy-Environment-Engineering Project (ISWEEEP) Olympiad held in Texas, and the GENIUS Olympiad held in New York.
It's also the qualifying fair for the International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) in Holland. We wish them every success on their future endeavours!
Seen below are Sahithi Pingali (Grade 12) who spearheaded the project under Inventure faculty, Ms Payal Sharma’s supervision, along with Rahul and Samyukta.
In response to a casual dining table challenge, where they were told that if they felt so strongly about the right to privacy they should write to the Chief Justice of India, Ameya Mundkur (Grade 5) and Kaavya (Grade 8) did just that. They wrote a letter to the Hon. Chief Justice of India, J.S. Khehar, about the Right to Privacy being a Fundamental Right and mailed it to him.
Later at a chance encounter in Bangalore, they actually got to meet and ask him if he had received and read their letter. He was surprised that the letter was written by kids as it was so well written. They immediately told him about the writing program taught at Inventure, Publishing, and invited him to school. The Publishing program at Inventure, and the Inventure culture of encouraging students to think and express themselves in a constructive manner, is highlighted at such occasions.
For the first time ever to an adult audience in India, Inventure Academy invited parents and their friends to a showing of the movie ‘Screenagers’ on Saturday,19 August, 2017. The documentary was followed by a lively discussion about the movie, led by Dr. Sheela Jayanth of Enfold. Dr. Sheela is a captivating facilitator and helped the audience navigate ideas such as:
How best to lead by example so that we can tell our children to “do what I do” and not “do what I say”.
How children can learn to be responsible for themselves and learn self-control; Dr. Sheela shared that self control is a bigger predictor of success than academics.
The need to both set and enforce consistent boundaries, especially around screens.
The teenage brain and the functions that it has not yet mastered.
Screenagers is an award winning documentary that probes into the vulnerable aspects of family life, including the director's own, and depicts challenges faced by teenagers over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. More at www.screenagers.com
The parent audience was engaged by both the documentary and the discussion and felt it was an afternoon very well spent. A 9th grader's father shared that his key takeaway was that “we should work on ourselves”. A mother of Grade 8 triplets appreciated the “straight talk” while another mom of students in Grade 6 and 10 felt that “this is just the start of the conversation. We’re all in this together and the more we work together, the more effective we can be.”
The movie was first screened during Inventuring week to our senior students. Charmaine Alexander, senior school faculty noted that the “movie was an eye-opener for students of Grades 9-11” and that the startling fact that “under certain circumstances, permanent damage to nerve cells can happen was quite scary to learn.” Student reactions to the documentary varied from a 9th grader who said “it used more hyperbole than necessary”, to another who stated, “it was thought provoking” to the tongue-in-cheek, 7th grader’s “it doesn’t apply so much to me, but my mom really should watch it!”
But perhaps the best summary of the documentary came from Primary & Kindergarten Head, Preet Aarons who feels - “Every parent should see this! It changed my mindset!”
At the heart of education at Inventure Academy are the ‘Core Values’ that we seek to instill in each and every student - Nurturing Individuality and Teamwork, Providing Maximum Exposure, Inculcating a Passion for Excellence, Instilling Integrity, Encouraging Sensitivity and Fostering Dynamism. This ‘Spirit of Inventure’, is invoked by individual and collaborative pursuits of charitable, literary, artistic and intellectual natures, done in a way that is unique to Inventure.
Here’s a look at some of the unique initiatives that make Inventure Academy one of the best schools in Bangalore:
At Inventure Academy, we begin each year with our week long foundation programme, Inventuring, which aims to discover each student’s unique learning style, strengths and needs. The informal atmosphere and the novelty of shared teacher-student activities generate a free flow of thought and ideas, paving the way for old and new students to ease into the more formal space of the classroom and the new academic year.
Old and new students are oriented (or reoriented) into the school culture of teamwork, learning through exploration, creative thinking, problem solving etc., through exciting projects and experiences. This year’s highlight was the 'sleepover' at school - exciting, fun, and a liberating experience for some! The sleepover taught the students to be independent, to bond with classmates and teachers and feel comfortable about school. Students had fun building a tree-house and a rope course, making Dream Catchers and a Mandala, creating mosaic work on the benches in the Zen garden, and engaging in dance, music, public speaking, script writing etc., among other activities.
Primary School students enjoyed Inventuring Week tremendously. They participated in all the activities such as aeromodelling, pottery, quilling, waste management, etc with great enthusiasm and creativity. Here are a few videos you can watch, to get a sense of what Inventuring week is all about.
Inventuring at Middle School
Inventuring at Primary School
Maker Space Program
Inventure's ‘Maker Space’ is an environment which encourages students to think and execute ideas freely, without being overly concerned with the end outcome/failure/success. It focuses on building a student's confidence by stimulating cross pollination of ideas and encouraging them to enjoy the process of learning while ‘making'. The space encourages student's ideas to be thought through, with minimal restrictions, promoting the ideology to 'learn while you make’. Watch here to know more about this program:
Maker Space Program at Inventure Academy
The Inventure ‘ChangeMaker Program’ is a platform to teach our high school students to be advocates of positive change, in their neighbourhoods and beyond. This program is run by a pioneering teaching-learning community of volunteers, including academic experts, parent-entrepreneurs & activists, Inventure Management, and faculty. Here are some of the questions and problems that the Changemaking teams are passionate about pursuing and solving:
- Can students who understand a topic teach other students who may not have understood and maybe reticent to ask an adult?
Our Lakes Our Voice
- This will be the city and the ecology that we will inherit. Lakes are a vital resource for our city. They are dying. Can we save one?
Our Future Our Voice
- We may care about issues that decision makers taking decisions regarding our future may not be considering. How might we get our voice heard by them?
Our Traffic Our Voice
- Being hungry, sleepy, or wanting to go the bathroom while being on a one-hour school bus ride is not fun. Especially everyday! What can we do to decongest our roads?
- Beyond the bubble of our privilege are children just like us. Can we form connections and do something for them concretely?
Watch this video to know more about the changemaker program
Special Team Inventure Members
4 very special, furry and totally adorable, labrador pups are now part of ‘Team Inventure’! Mia, Talia, Raksha and Tasha, who are being trained as therapy dogs, have been brought to the school premises to bring students closer to nature, learn empathy towards other living beings, and draw them away from their gadgets. Read more about the initiative here
OLOV (Our Lakes Our Voice)
You would be aware of the numerous awards & accolades (including having a planet named after her at ISEF) that Sahithi Pingali, a Grade 12 Inventurer, has won in the past couple of months for her extraordinary work on the depleting condition of lakes in Bangalore. Sahithi’s journey with Bangalore’s lakes began with Inventure’s unique ‘Change Maker’ initiative, ‘Our Lakes Our Voice’.
OLOV aimed at students from AIF(American Indian Foundation) and Inventure, doing an experiential case study on Varthur Lake, a 450-acre water body, to understand the impact of human development on the natural environment, with regard to water as a scarce resource.
The team’s ndings through OLOV prompted Sahithi and her team to research the various factors that contribute to the pollution of our water bodies, through surveys, sessions with experts, and interviews with people who live and work around the lakes. The team carried out regular testing on ten dierent Bangalore lakes, for over a year. Here are a couple of videos that will tell you more about the OLOV initiative.
Here are some links where you can read more about Sahithi’s work and achievements.
Sensitivity and respect towards the environment are given utmost importance at Inventure. Three trees were translocated to #InventureAcademy in a unique initiative termed as the country's first crowd funded tree translocation. The trees which would otherwise have been chopped down due to a road widening project, are thriving in their new, loving and nurturing environment.
Staying true to our core values of being socially responsible, we have demonstrated how technology can be used to bring about positive change and promote sustainable development and living. Click here to know more about the Tree relocation initiative.
These, and many more such initiatives, are essential to the teaching-learning process at Inventure Academy, and are activities that go beyond academics of a traditional kind, that make children well rounded and aspire towards purpose and achievement. We work to ensure that these values and the spirit of Inventure, stay with our students through their lives, manifesting in their every action, adding confidence and enabling them to achieve, and lead, with wisdom, foresight and caring.
Teacher Training: Inventure Academy had its first ever mentor training for all the mentors. The interactive and highly engaging session was conducted by Enfold and included topics like: The importance of mentoring in schools, mentoring skills (listening, empathy, a non judgmental attitude and caring confrontation). The various stages of mentoring was also discussed during the session. Inventure aims to conduct regular mentor training during the teacher training sessions.
Students: The program aims at providing students with a person they can trust and rely on as well as to work with students on life skills and in setting life and academic goals. The Mentoring program merges into the values of Inventure academy i.e. encouraging sensitivity, nurturing teamwork and individuality, instilling integrity, inculcating a passion for excellence and providing maximum exposure.
Inventure's Mentorship program has been crafted to ensure our students are provided with the necessary academic and emotional support, to guide them into a successful career. Students are assigned a mentor through their journey at Inventure, with whom they will work closely on nurturing their strengths and assisting them to prepare and cope with real life situations. Mentors also act as communicators to enrich relationships with the parent, student and the institution.