INCULCATING A PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE: Inventure Academy is ranked among the Top Co-ed Day Schools in India in the EducationWorld - C fore survey 2019, the most extensive schools evaluation survey worldwide. In 2019-20, we are ranked #3 in India (up from #4 2018-19 and up from #9 in 2017-18), and #2 in Karnataka and Bangalore (up from #3 in 2017-18).

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Kaushik Kunal Singh wins four awards at the 2018 I...

  Kaushik Kunal Singh continued his winning streak when he won three Special Awards and one Grand Award at the recently concluded Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) at Pittsburgh, PA. He competed in the Plant Sciences category with his project “The Plant Doctor: An Artificial Intelligence Based Collaborative Platform for Plant Disease Identification, Tracking and Forecasting for Farmers”. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 420 affiliate fairs in 81 countries, regions, and territories. Kaushik qualified to be a part of Team India at ISEF by winning at India’s largest research based science fair IRIS (Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science) National Science Fair, organized by Intel, Department of Science & Technology of the Government of India, and the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF). Kaushik received the following awards at Intel ISEF on 17 & 18 May, 2018: First Place Science for Development Award by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) USAID is the federal government agency responsible for administering foreign aid. USAID works to promote economic and social development in more than 100 countries around the world. China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Award for Ability and Creativity in Science and Engineering Project CAST is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China. One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students' work in all scientific disciplines. Samvid Education Foundation – (Third Place) Agni Award, honoring Dr. Abdul Kalam, former Hon. President of India SAMVID, a non-profit organization, provides a platform for K-12 students and encourage them in honing their academic skills in STEM areas of specialization. Grand Award - Fourth Place, in the Life Sciences Category Team India’s exciting journey for Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh started in New Delhi with a sendoff ceremony and Technology Day organized by the Government of India (attended by the Hon’ble President of India and the Minister for Science and Technology). At ISEF, after an enjoyable grand opening ceremony, the team got down to work with the project setup and preparations. After months of perseverance and many rounds of judging, he was overjoyed to receive the awards at ISEF. Kaushik is looking forward to continuing his work to alleviate the plight of farmers who lose significant crops to diseases without access to agricultural experts. He is also elated that his passion for applying the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Cloud to come up with innovative solutions to broad challenges has been recognized. Kaushik is very thankful for the support and guidance he received from school, family and mentors at every step.

“The Sky Isn’t The Limit” Our Experience at ...

Overview Last week, 7 students from Inventure Academy of Grades 7 to 10 visited Mayo College, a prestigious boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan for a conference based on space science - Mission Discovery. The highlight of this conference was the contest based around it- to design an effective and noteworthy experiment that could be conducted on the International Space Station. The winning experiment would be launched into space to be carried out by the astronauts aboard the ISS. Teams were assigned to the students: sixteen groups from a massive number of about a hundred and thirty students. After a few team building activities, we were all set to the task. It seemed incredibly daunting at first, but we had several mentors to help us. Steve Swanson, a retired NASA astronaut who had been to space not once, but four times; Sarah Murray, who also worked at NASA on the Orion mission project, and Chris Barber, the director of the program were present to teach, lead and assist us. They provided a remarkable insight on life on the ISS, and working with NASA - everything from spacewalks and suit dynamics, to how to work well in a team. Through the team building activities we did, we were able to work past our differences as a group and get to know each other better. On the third day of the conference, another mentor, Julie Keeble, a pharmacologist at Kings’ College, London, joined the team. She helped us take our ideas a step further, meeting with all sixteen teams and answering the endless flow of questions we had. By the end of the program, we had all worked extremely hard to present the final outcome of our research. Every team managed to put a thought provoking and intelligent experiment on display. We were content and proud that we managed to navigate our way through the seemingly mammoth task, and made it out successful in the end. Winning team and team building activity winners Through several team building activities, such as giving their teams interesting and memorable names and coming up with catchy newspaper headlines based on astronaut Steve Swanson’s space experiences, the students at the Mission Discovery conference had a chance to have their work and abilities recognized by their peers. Their creative writing and design skills were put to the test when they were given challenges that focused on their communication abilities, and how accurately yet interestingly they were able to convey their learnings from Swanson. Several teams won a challenge, which was motivating, as well as standard-setting for the other teams. The team naming challenge was won by the team called ‘Captivating Comets’, including Inventure Academy student Siya Dwivedi, and the newspaper headline challenge based on Steve Swanson’s space mission experiences was won by the team called ‘The Infinites’, which included Anvay Das, another student of Inventure Academy. As the sessions involving the real experiment design came to an end, the students of all 16 teams finalized their experiments and prepared for their presentations. At the end of the 16 presentations, 6 teams with promising experiments that were likely to work and make a difference were chosen by the judges. The teams then had to then present their ideas in front of a panel of judges and all of their peers, as finalists. There were two finalists from Inventure Academy: Sanjana Shahane, whose team found a way of reducing carbon dioxide on the International Space Station, and Siya Dwivedi, whose team investigated methods of increasing the immunity of plants to be grown on the ISS. Although neither of these teams won Mission Discovery, a very worthy and interesting experiment did, based on decreasing the amount of plastic on the ISS through the use of waxworms. The students returned home more certain on what they want to do with their futures - ready to face what awaits beyond our planet. By Akriti Kartik, Sanjana Shahane and Siya Dwivedi

Holi by Shrushti and Inika

  I thought Holi was…. A celebration of good over evil A festival of colours A time for communities to come together A new beginning But yesterday it became A distasteful affair A shrewd opportunity for unknown hands to grope me I looked around for the culprit But all I see are people behind coloured masks In despair I vow Never again It’s a scheming event for acid attacks Lives ruined under the pretense of celebration Undeserving pain and burnt skin Wondering why me? In the end all I have is Bitter reminiscence of traumatizing touch And tenacious throbs of scalded skin I check the news and see The sheer number of narcotic-induced fatalities Is this really Holi? A celebration of good over evil? A festival of colours? A time for communities to come together? A new beginning? It’s time we restore Holi to its founding truth So no man Or woman Or child Walks away disheartened Or traumatized Or scarred It’s time we stopped and see who we’ve become So we leave Inspired Dignified Determined And spread colour Instead of darkness Spread harmony Instead of nuisance Spread faith Instead of fear It’s time we restore Holi to its founding truth

Football Field Rules and Regulations

  The synthetic turf football field is a valuable sports and recreation asset. The synthetic turf requires special care (different from that of natural grass) to increase its durability and maintain its quality. We have implemented these turf field rules and regulations to protect and preserve this valuable asset of the Inventure Community.

Special Rules and Regulations

 
  1. Only football Shoes (Studs or trainers) should be worn on the football field.
  2. Flat/Sports shoes, bare feet or playing in socks are NOT allowed. Metal cleats are prohibited.
  3. Students need to walk on the pavement before cleaning their feet and must enter the field after using the mats located at the marked entrances to clean their footwear. All football shoes must be cleaned of dirt, grass and debris, before getting on to the turf.
  4. Students must carry their studs onto the field and wear them and subsequently change to their school shoes before going to classes.
  5. Students are not allowed on the field without the coach’s permission at any time.
  6. Students using the field must pick up and remove all litter from the premises. All areas around the turf field must be clean at all times.
  7. Food and chewing gum are strictly prohibited on the turf. Students may bring water/energy drinks and keep them on the pavement.
  8. If something spills on the field and needs to be cleaned….do NOT attempt to do so yourself. Contact Housekeeping or one of the Coaches in such cases.
  9. Hanging or climbing on the football goal posts is prohibited.

Dr RamG Vallath – turning adversities to opp...

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.

Dr RamG Vallath

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkqXTX8yMHY

First Primary Assembly starts with Positive Though...

  Primary students hold their first Assembly in the new academic year! Simple lessons on Yoga by their Yoga teacher, Mollika Ganguly, started the morning session. Enthusiastic students followed all her instructions diligently, including sending out positive thoughts in the form of white balloons to the world! A great way to start the morning! Grade 5B teacher, Ms Priyadarshini, then held an engrossing story telling session, reading from the book ‘The Giving Tree’, a beautiful book on the importance of trees. Head of KG and Primary, Preet Benjamin Aaron spoke to the students about the Time Table and PODS (different activity sessions students can participate in like dance, music, martial arts, etc) A round of awards followed next, with Grade 3 Inventurer Manan Gupta receiving a tablet for winning the 1st prize at the Humming Bird National level Spell B contest. The session ended on a musical note, with students singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song for students celebrating their birthdays this week, followed by the School song and the National Anthem.

RoundSquare Student Exchange Program – Marra...

  “A soulful experience that still heightens my excitement to no end” - a perfect description of the two weeks that I spent learning, exploring and achieving in Marrakech at the Elaraki International School. I’m ecstatic with how much I learned and I owe an immense amount of gratitude to Inventure Academy and the RoundSquare foundation to have acknowledged, appreciated and allowed my talent to travel to a new country that offered me with extensive learning. I stayed with the Maouhoub family, who were my hosts during my trip there. I studied a variety of courses that included: Economics, Finance, Management, Law, French, Arabic, Information Technology and Mathematics. Meanwhile, I also gained knowledge about the governing and management system prevalent in the developing country that interested me and motivated me to publish a journal paper, which will be processed by the end of August. It will shed light upon on the recent history and management of the country that provided the impetus for Marrakech to become one of the fastest booming economies in the world. Confidence, independence and self-reliance are the three crucial aspects that I noticed myself really develop. It’s a program that encouraged me to be a lot more open to new things and showed me the bigger world beyond my own comfort zone. It helped me devise new ways to overcome any unforeseen circumstances. Lastly, I’ve had an experience that teared me up as I departed from my host family and friends due to the strong attachment we developed over the weeks. I am now actively looking at every opportunity that knocks on my door to further increase my learning and would recommend this exchange program to anyone wishing to broaden their horizon at a scale larger than ever imagined.

Diwali @ Inventure ‘A day of fun and rejoicing w...

  Kindergarten celebrated the festival of lights by adorning the entire block with flowers, giving it a very colourful, vibrant and festive feel. Children and teachers alike were dressed in their bright Indian attires and revelled in the mood. The tiny tots participated in various activities to mark the day. Inventurers strongly believe in encouraging sensitivity and fostering a sense of community. Our support staff help us in countless aspects of our school life, without which a comfortable, safe experience every day at school would not be possible. Primary Inventurers felicitated the support staff of the school by distributing a box sweets and a hand painted diya for each staff member. Our way of saying thank you to them all. 'We move with our feet but dance with our hearts!' So true as Team Inventure proved, turning up in colourful clothes and moving to the beats of dandiya music. The chaat counter attracted everyone with their delicious spread of kachoris, pani puri and other chaat preparations.

Clash of Pi – Inventure Place Third Across I...

  Inventure places third in Clash of Pi with over 50 schools across India participating Clash of Pi, a series of monthly online math contests for students of Grades 6 to 9, had over 3000 students from 50 schools across India participating in the event. The team from Inventure finished in third position. Names of the team:
  • Devashree Gupta, Grade 6
  • Kian Jagtiani, Grade 7
  • Neeharika Shrivastava, Grade 7
  • Divya Vishwanath, Grade 8
  • Divij Gupta, Grade 9
  • Yash Podar, Grade 9
  • Hari Prasanna, Grade 9
  • Vinaya Seshan, Grade 9
  • Aditya Kolisetti, Grade 9

How the Media Impacts Teenagers in Unhealthy Ways

  Hot, angry tears slashed down her pale cheeks as she touched the glass in front of her. And as she did, she couldn’t help but stare. She stared at her distorted reflection, at her eyes, emotionless and bloodshot. She stared at the long waves of brown tumbling down her back, hanging in limp clumps. She stared at her dull, lifeless skin, trailing a finger down the cold flesh. She shook, faced with the cursed, dangerous thing, her worst enemy. The mirror. Staggering back, her knees wobbled violently, unable to support her weight. She choked back a strangled sob when she gingerly touched the bare skin, pinching her sides, grimacing at the sight of her ribs protruding out. She cringed at the person she’d become, averting her eyes from the dark, black circles that tauntingly rimmed her eyes, a constant reminder of the endless nights tossing and turning, wishing she could become like them. Tears blurred her vision, and falling to the floor, she screamed, eyes wide with terror. She balled her fists, cracked fingernails digging into her arm. Gritting her teeth, she kicked down the mirror, pushing it down, slamming it hard against the floor. It fell to the floor with a heavy crash, glass fragments flying everywhere. Bits of shards poked her skin, forming tiny beads of crimson. Uncaring, she squeezed her eyes shut. The monster inside her raged as she screamed, baring her teeth and punching every part of the mirror she could reach, stamping and smashing the crumbling pieces. She pounded, her eyes watery and wild, face red, fingers twitching. Cheeks slick with tears, she cradled her bleeding fingers, groping around for more glass to destroy. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Perhaps they were right. The media impacts teenagers in unhealthy ways An estimated one thousand women die every year of anorexia. When a child hits the age of 18, he must have seen about 200,000 acts of violence alone. In a survey conducted from 9 and 10 year olds, 40% have tried to lose weight. A study found that adolescent girls were more fearful of gaining weight than getting cancer, nuclear war, or losing their parents. Whether they accept it or not, the media plays a big role in the lives of teenagers, and end up doing more harm than good. The media is like a wild, dangerous fire that rages and burns so fiercely it can rip down whole cities filled with hearts. It can spread. It can burn, rip apart, and brutally shred. The media can destroy innocent lives. And it can change you, for the better, or for the good. I believe the media impacts teenagers in unhealthy ways. The media is essential and important in a teenager’s life and whether it’s from the television, films, music, or even magazines, the media deeply influences teenagers, who, still trying to navigate the world are prone to falling into its trap. The media lowers the self esteem of many, images of an unrealistic yet ‘ideal’ body firmly being pressed into the minds of many, and the increasing ignorance of portraying men and women from all racial background and/or portraying them in stereotypical ways causes immature stereotyping amongst young teenagers, which could also causes self esteem problems amongst ethnic minorities. Also, the dangerously casual portrayal of violence, ranging from fistfights to downright murders, along with over sexualized TV sitcoms, causes conflict and confusion, leading the youth to make grave decisions. The media also has an impact on the physical wellbeing of teenagers. Obesity, a rising problem has increased due to long periods devoted to the television. Overall, the media has negative effects on a teenager, causing both emotional and physical damage to these developing beings. “Television and other media represent one of the most important and under recognized influences on children and adolescents’ health and behavior in the 1990’s. Their impact should be eliciting serious concern, not just from parents and educators, but from physicians, public health advocates and politicians as well,” The Journal of Pediatrics, 1999. Throughout the media, messages of a ‘perfect body’, which defines you, influences youth deeply. By portraying men and women with unrealistic bodies, causes many teenagers to turn against their bodies, and in turn, aching for a super slim physique to ‘fit in’. Yet, in reality, most models weigh an average of 23% less than the average women. Refusing to portray women with different body types causes self-doubt. The belief that being beautiful, or popular is defined by your weight is another message being spurted out. This distorted image can cause risky disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and associated disorders, 69% of girls between fifth and twelfth reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body type. Some many argue that young teenagers should have the self-esteem to ignore the discriminative portrayal or that dissatisfaction with their bodies is largely due to comparison with peers. However, social media, is used as a tool for peer competition and was introduced to connect with peers. Therefore, the media ultimately affects teenagers’ opinions about themselves. The increasing ignorance of portraying women and men from all racial backgrounds and depicting them in stereotypical ways, particularly in the film industry, causes lack of diversity and creates thoughts and preconceived notions for young people, who are sensitive and affected by the media. It could be said that the media only conveys the thoughts of people and society, and does not intend to insult ethnic minorities, just to poke fun at the, and that the media simply reflects and reproduces the thoughts of people. However, the media is responsible for engraving thoughts in the minds of millions of people and shapes the future. And if that’s the case, it is up to the media to show diversity instead of reflecting the already existing, and negative thoughts of society. The media’s casual portrayal (through movies, music, the internet, etc.) of unhealthy behavior such as drinking, drugs and smoking can confuse teens and due to peer pressure could lead to them giving into self harming methods and impulsive actions. Also, because of the way violence is depicted, many teens develop aggressive attitudes. Teens may sometimes find it hard to differentiate between what’s real and what’s not, and what’s okay, and what’s not. A real life example of this is the shocking amount of school shootings that have occurred, most being done by teenagers. The media normalizes violence. Some may develop fears of being attacked, causing mental instability. According to a biennial study released in 2005 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of sexual scenes on TV has increased since 1998. Studies have assessed the association between that, and adolescent behavior. But here’s the apparent weakness. By portraying things that happen in real life, the media is clearly a reflection of the society. Some say the media doesn’t try to encourage teens to adopt unhealthy behavior, nor does it attempt to trigger compulsive reactions. It’s not up to the media to assist teens in differentiating real life from illusions. This leads me to the obvious fact that the media holds immense power, which should NOT be misused. The problem of obesity, especially a rising concern in the United States, has increased significantly due to large periods of time spent browsing sites, and flipping through channels- instead of engaging in physical activity. Obesity has negative effects on the child, both mentally and physically, and falling into the media’s lure can be a harmful addiction. The television is nowadays believed to replace physical activity. It can increase the risk of acquiring heart diseases as an adult. It could be said that obesity is not directly influences by the media and that it lies in your hands, and that it’s up to you to control it, leading the belief that it’s solely the responsibility of parents and teachers. The media might just be an entertainment platform, yes, but here’s the thing: The media aims to appeal to a certain age group, with coming of age TV sitcoms and fashion magazines. The media holds the rapt attention to those much more likely to be seduced by its ways- a vicious trap which could lead to serious consequences. There is no denying the media is clearly aware of this, and it’s why they target teenagers. The media plays a huge role in the lives of teenagers across the world. The media has a choice to either impact the youth positively, or negatively, the latter of which has been rocketing. The media is capable of turning people against themselves, causing young girls and boys to obsessively develop disorders, capable of causing out lashes and vicious stereotyping, capable of unintentionally causing violence in everyday life, and capable of causing teens to fall into its illusion and make decisions that they may come to regret. If the influence of the media is so powerful shouldn’t it be used wisely? Shouldn’t the media be used to spread positivity and love, instead of hate, discrimination and conflict? The media has the power to destroy lives, or enhance them in the best way possible. It’s all up to US to educate the youth of today, and teach them to appreciate themselves, and others, before the media forms a twisted image in their mind. We can’t let the fate of the generations to come rest in the media’s hands. It’s up to us. It’s up to you. Will you let the media continue to misuse their power, or will you take it into your own hands? I took down the mirror today Smashed it to smithereens Puked out the crimson wetness Of my blood Onto its shiny emptiness Because I could sense the whirlpool beneath me The approach of my wrath All the fight I pushed down Rising up at last In my face I start to see All the imperfections I refused to acknowledge before My eyes, They’re too sleepy My nose too big In my curves I do not see The beauty I saw before Not the delicate bands I loved before Instead all I see Are ugly scaffolds of Bunched up body fat In my smile I do not see The softness I savored The slight curve of my lips Seems like a grimace The scars on my skin Remind me of weaknesses Screaming my poor defenses My skin Feels rough Under my tanned hands I cringe at the hair on my knuckles Little bursting sprouts And try not to gag In my hair I just see a wild jungle A mess of random strands Not like the neat strings I see in those magazines I do not see The things I saw before Back when I loved myself. So I swept away the broken shards Of teetering, tangled glass Wiped away the blood Screamed so loud The whole city probably heard Bought myself a new mirror So I could loathe myself again And watched the cycle Begin again.

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