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VistAura Connaissance 2015-16

Gundecha Education Academy had organized the interschool competition on a large scale with participants from Mumbai and outside Mumbai. Some of schools participating were – Children’s Academy, Jamnabai Narsee –Juhu, Pawar International- Bhandup and many others.

Senior students of Gundecha school guided us to the place of competition and offered assistance in case of any clarification. Teachers accompanying the student had to be present in the Assembly area until the end of the competition. The whole competition was organized well with judges from various fields of art, drama and education. Our students enjoyed participating in this competition and were hopeful to win a prize.

In the category “The Science of Miracles”, our Grade 7 students- Deepika and Sneha presented a correlation between mythology and modern science. They bagged the third prize in this category which had more than 20 participating schools.

In the category, “Resurrection of Science”, Grade 8 students- Vanshika and Manav created and presented a working model based on the principle of Hydraulics.

Students of Grade 11 took part in the event named Greenovation wherein they had make a 3D model or a replica of a device using one or more renewable source of energy. The objective of this event was to develop awareness about sustainable development and use of renewable energy resources. The skill of research and presentation through model making was tested in this competition.

Aanshi and Yash from IBDP Grade 11 took part in this competition. They developed a solar powered bus which can be used for mass transport system in our country. Kainush, our Grade 12 A level student, helped in developing this model.

Report by: Student Name: Vanshika Shroff and Class: 8 A

Science competition report 2015

This competition was indeed a very educational experience for me where I not only demonstrated my own phenomenon but also learnt about many other scientific phenomena.

A very vital factor was that there were people from different schools presenting phenomena,that helped me understand my own mistakes and learn other ways of presentation and different types of phenomena that I would otherwise have not thought of.

Also, the judges were people that were very experienced in the educational field and due to this, the comments/feedbacks that they gave us were very helpful, for instance, we should also know the application of these phenomena in our day to day lives.

However, the best part of the competition was the interaction with the other participants which made me feel more comfortable and confident.

Other than that, the competition was a lot of fun because of the demonstration part where we saw interesting experiments. Even our experiment was successful – rather, a little too successful- where when our bottle flew, the top part of it broke off.

This helped us explain our phenomenon (hydraulics) even better because we realized what would happen to an object when too much force is applied on a small surface area.

And of course you cannot always win but it’s more about the participation and understanding than anything else.

Last but not the least, it was a day well spent with a lot of science and fun. Thus, I hope we get more opportunities like these to increase our knowledge and explore new things as much as we can.
I would also like to thank our school for taking such an initiative.

Report by: Deepika Nayak, 8A

Choosing our topic was our first step. We came up with ideas like the Brahmastra (nuclear weapon used in the Mahabharata and vastu (ancient rules of architecture) but eventually we decided to speak about in vitro fertilisation through a power point presentation.

This competition was an amazing experience and we learnt a lot about how closely related science and mythology is, even when they are defined as opposites. We can see that our ancestors were very intelligent and perceptive, and knew a lot about science. But to explain a common man a theory was no easy job. And so they made use of myths. The Mahabharata was made to explain nuclear weapons (Brahmastra), in vitro fertilisation (birth of the 100 Kauravas), the trick of the diamond through which many forms of Lord Krishna could be seen (shown to Arjun right before the war). All these could simply be examples used to explain the complex science.

Even the story of how god created the world (first day and night, then earth then the sea, then fish, semi-aquatic animals, then land animals and at last two humans), isn’t this story so close to the big bang theory. Well, if we think about it, there is lot more in mythology that can be proven by science. Listening to the others present was a delightful experience too. I learnt many things like 3D bio printing (used to create Ravana’s 10 heads), organ transplant (to save Lord Ganesh), refraction of light (which they explained threw the sun chariot), power of sound waves (which was used to break a wall in Germany), and a lot more.  Famous scientist Einstein, has read the Vedas which is the reason of his curiosity that lead to discoveries and inventions.

After this exciting day, I have decided to read the Vedas too and learn more about mythology correlate it to modern science. I even want to know how our ancestors knew so much. If mythology can be explained with proof, it becomes science.

I not only returned home with the third place in the competition but also with a lot of knowledge.  I was elated because of our triumph. It truly built my confidence, communication and presentation skills. And I would like to thank all the ICT and science teachers for helping us with our presentation.