CBSE invites entries for ‘IGNITE’
THE CONTEST IS AN ATTEMPT TO HARNESS CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE TALENTS OF STUDENTS; ENTRIES CAN BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 31
Eileen Singh CHANDIGARH: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has invited students to participate in “IGNITE” - a competition to inculcate scientific temper and value among schoolchildren.
In collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) and Honey Bee Network, the competition is an attempt to harness the creative and innovative talents of schoolchildren. The students can submit their entries by August 31 directly to the NIF or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The CBSE had successfully launched IGNITE in 2007. It received a remarkable response from students, teachers and parents. The IGNITE-2011 contest saw participation of students from 25 states and union territories of the country. Overall 4,104 entries were received, which ranged from sectors like energy, environment, transport, general household utility items and it was a great success,” RJ Khanderao, regional officer, CBSE, said.
Last year, the awards for the competition were given away in an exhibition-cum-award function by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President, at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Students from Government Girls High School, Tiruvarur (Tamil Nadu), innovated on using “Helmet as an ignition to start two-wheelers”, followed by students of The Velammal International School, Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu), for developing the “Healthy Air Machine” and of DAV Public School, Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), for developing a “Device to assist people with low vision” were awarded along with other creative and innovative brains from different schools in the country.
This year the CBSE has planned to initiate IGNITE-2012 with a view to promoting creativity among children. The entries will be based on the following categories: technological ideas to solve any problem in day-to-day life, real life technological projects demonstrating innovative ways of solving problems or reducing drudgery or generating efficiency or conserving resources (projects demonstrating application of known scientific concepts or theories will not be accepted).
Other topics are traditional knowledge practices documented from elders in and around one’s family and information about some other innovators in the neighbourhood.
“We have asked those participating to provide a certificate from parents and teachers saying that the idea or innovation has been developed and documented by the student concerned entirely on his or her own without any guidance or support from them, because in some previous cases we have noticed that the student has been helped by teachers and parents,” Khanderao added.
Students can submit their innovations by August 31 and the results will be announced on October 15, on the occasion of birthday of former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, which is also celebrated as Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day.
The NIF will provide support for patenting and incubating innovative projects into products in all deserving cases.
Ranjana Kumari, a student of a government school in the city, said, “I have been trying to innovate new things. I think this year I will participate in the competition because I have a good idea.”
IGNITE-2011 saw the participation
of students from 25 states
and UTs with 4,104 entries