More than 5 months of hard work and perseverance paid off on 24 Dec when Sahithi Pingali student of Inventure Academy Grade 11 won the Grand Award at the IRIS Science Fair in Pune. Sahithi has emerged a winner from among 107 finalists who showed their research work to a panel of industry experts, academia and the general public from 20-23 at Pune. Sahithi’s research project was titled “A New Approach to Monitoring Lakes in Developing Countries: Crowdsourcing Environmental Science”.
At a separate event held at Rajkot, Gujarat, Sahithi competed against the top 20 gold medallists of the country and emerged as one among the top 3 winners to represent India at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment, Project (I-SWEEEP). This Science Fair will be held in Houston, Texas from 3-8 May , 2017 and will have participants from 65 countries.
Sahithi has been further selected to represent India at the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles in May 2017. She also won a special “Student Award for Geoscience Excellence” for her project from the International Association for Women Geoscientists.
Sahithi Pingali said, ” I wanted to thank all of you and all my teachers for your guidance, understanding and encouragement that has given me both the ability and flexibility to participate in these fairs. Mary ma’am in particular for being my official guide.”
About IRIS Fair:
IRIS National Science Fair is an outstanding example of public–private partnership initiated by Intel Technology India Private Ltd (Intel) with the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF). The fair promotes and nurtures science and scientific research among young Indian innovators. It recognises and rewards outstanding projects and also provides a platform for winning students to represent India at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, held annually in the U.S.
Having begun as the Intel Science Talent and Discovery Fair in 1999, IRIS has been nurturing the spirit of innovation among school students in India since 2006. The aim is to infuse the spirit of discovery in school children, increase their interest in science and technology, and build a robust scientific temper among the youth of the country.
Each year, research-based science projects by young students, across 17 subject categories—are reviewed by an eminent jury comprising of scientists and domain experts. Then, the short-listed entries are showcased at the annual IRIS National Fair. Students who have an idea that is original and innovative, are eligible to participate; individually or in a team of two. Research-based projects or novel engineering design qualify to participate at the IRIS National Fair. Hence, the project must be original in content and should be substantiated with data collected from experimentation, if appropriate.
Engineering projects should have novelty improvements over the existing solutions. 21 Grand Award winners of Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) 2016 will represent India at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May 2017 in Los Angeles, U.S.A competing for scholarships and project support.
Congratulations to Sahithi and we at Inventure Academy wish her all the very best at the IISCE Fair in 2017!