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Inventure Academy is one of the three select schools in Bangalore to be part of Round Square, a not-for-profit network of schools in 40 countries across five continents, that share a passion for experiential learning built around six IDEALS of Learning: Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service. Held in Cape Town this year, the Round Square Conference saw 8 Inventurers accompanied by Nooraine Fazal (Founding CEO and Managing Trustee) and Preet Benjamin (Head of KG and Primary and Round Square Rep) attending the event. It was one of the most enriching experiences for the students who participated in numerous activities centered around the ideals. Read below some samples of the many activities that the students were involved in. Watch this space for more! The amazing race had begun! It was amazing in every sense of the word, a thorough test of tenacity and teamwork. Notable activities included a crash course in Zulu dance, building towers with buckets using a rubber band connected to 15 strings and human disentanglement. With activities designed for success only through good communication, synergy and trust, the race provided a perfect bonding with our Baraza groups, our families here at RSIC 2017, whom we learnt with over the duration of the conference. By Vishwanatha Mallampooty (Grade 12 AS)
Yesterday, at the Round Square International Conference, we had many different activities related to the IDEALS. In Environmentalism, we had the amazing opportunity to collect and shape recycled bottle caps with our fun Baraza groups, into a rhino head! It was a tiring task but the end result was gorgeous. We also carved wood into the shape of tree branches representing the IDEALS. The one I thought was the most fun, was smudging paint on wood with our fingers. By Rhea Rehani (Grade 12 AS)
Megan Malhotra was adjudged has most valuable player of the tournament. Tennis Inventure Senior Boys - Winners Finals - Inventure won against NPS Rajajinagar by 2-1 Sanjith Devineni was adjudged has most valuable player of the tournament. Table Tennis Inventure Senior Girls - Runners Up Finals - Inventure lost against Indus International by 2-1 Table Tennis Inventure Senior Boys - Runners Up Finals - Inventure lost against NPS Koramangala by 2-1 Abhishek Jain was adjudged has most valuable player of the tournament.
The ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Special Award
A Special Award from King Abdul Aziz and his Companions for Giftedness and Creativity
US Agency for International Development Special Award
Sahithi Pingali after her winning her Gold Medal at ISWEEEP had said, “The interesting thing about my project is that it’s all about crowdsourcing; getting students and citizens to contribute scientific data. OLOV was the inspiration for this – it was the dedication and commitment of my team members at Inventure that convinced me that high school students were capable of gathering such reliable data, while increasing their environmental awareness and knowledge of science. I hope students all over Bangalore will take this as a call for action to adopt lakes and lead the way for the rest of the world.” Nooraine Fazal, Co-founder & Managing Trustee, Inventure Academy says, “We need to revamp our education system to ensure that every student studies design thinking, entrepreneurship, science, technology and the humanities, in order to solve our many problems including climate change, sustainable development, inequity, etc. Hope Sahithi and the rest of the team focus their expertise on solving our wicked problems, irrespective of where in the world they go for their higher education” Sahithi was first exposed to the impact of development on Bangalore’s lifeline - our network of lakes - in July 2015, when she won a scholarship from Inventure to participate in the American India Foundation (AIF) program, to study the impact of urban development on scarce resources. Sahithi was also part of the Inventure team that participated in the Our Lakes Our Voice (OLOV) (an Inventure Change Maker initiative) aimed at students from AIF and Inventure doing an experiential case study on Varthur Lake, a 450-acre water body in Inventure’s vicinity. The team’s findings through OLOV prompted Sahithi (the Change Maker OLOV student coordinator) and her team to research the various factors that contribute to the pollution of our water bodies through surveys, sessions with experts, and interviewing people who live and work around the lakes, while carrying out regular testing on ten different Bangalore lakes, for over a year. Sahithi went on to develop an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit which is being used to visualize changing lake conditions by crowdsourcing lake monitoring to citizens and students (our future citizens!). All the collected data feeds into a first-of-its-kind live web-based water health map of the world which automatically indicates the status of each monitored water body. The months of hard work and perseverance paid off when Sahithi’s research project 'An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies' won her the Grand Award at the IRIS National Science Fair in Pune. At a separate event, the Indian National Science and Engineering Fair held at Rajkot - Gujarat, Sahithi competed against the top 20 Gold medallists of the country and emerged as one amongst the top 3 winners to represent India at ISWEEEP. Sahithi is currently at the University of Michigan pursuing an internship under Professor Lutgarde Raskin in the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Centre within the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department (http://envbiotech.engin.umich.edu/raskin/). A rare and unusual opportunity for a high school student, Sahithi will be working along PhD students as a summer intern, and return to school in August.
About Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)ISEF is the world’s largest international high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition. ISEF has been honoring young researchers since 1950. Created and run by Society for Science & the Public (SSP), it is now sponsored by Intel. ISEF this year brought together students from 78 countries, regions and territories.
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The Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which has an aggregate enrollment of 1,600 children in its four free-of-charge schools in Bangalore and over the past 12 years has enabled 146 slum children to enter university and placed 52 alumni in well-paid jobs, instituted its annual Health Awards for schools in Bangalore this year. “Over the past 11 years that we have been running our schools, we have learnt that good health is an important prerequisite of children’s achievement in academics, sports and social spheres. Schools need to give it adequate attention,” stated Shukla Bose, founder-CEO of PHF. The Parikrma Address School Health Awards conferred 12 awards to schools at a well-attended awards ceremony on February 7, 2015 at the Le Méridien Hotel in Bangalore. The awards were given to schools who displayed excellence through an active program for counseling and mental health; an innovative health education curriculum; ‘physical activity for healthy living’ program; encouraging good nutrition and personal hygiene practices; substance abuse, tobacco and alcohol use prevention; innovative child safety program; timely health check-ups; health and sanitation community programs, promoting the health of staff; innovating to deliver in-school health services; and fostering a healthy school environment. Almost 70 schools participated in the event and had submitted extensive application portfolios, along with pictorial evidence. Shortlisted schools were called for an interview and questioned by a jury of eminent doctors and educationists. Inventure Academy Vice Principal, Ramesh Hariharan and Psychology teacher / Personal Counselor Venmal Elango, represented the school at the interview. Inventure Academy bagged top honors in the following categories: * Best School for Innovative Child Safety Program * Best school for Counseling & Mental Health Program