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Science Quest 2024: Young People Take Action To Protect The Environment

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Piton State College, Forest Side SSS (Boys) and St Andrew’s College stood out at the 9th Science Quest. The competition was held on Friday, May 24, 2024 at the Côte d’Or Sports Complex. This annual competition, organized by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Institute (RGSC), has been sponsored by MCB since 2010.

The competition appeals to the sense of innovation and creativity of secondary school students. This year’s projects focused on climate change, the importance of renewable energies in reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and the need to recycle and compost waste. This year’s awards ceremony

115 projects were submitted and 93 of them, from 54 schools, were selected.

The winners are

Category 1 (Grades 7, 8 and 9)

St. Andrew’s College was awarded the prize for its Green Ride project, which focuses on reducing fossil fuel consumption. The idea: a hydraulic bus, powered by pressurized water. This ambitious project, which delighted the jury, beat out those from Modern and Reet’s colleges, rewarded for their projects Bio-Economic Production of Banana and Mushroom and From concrete to sponge cities: mitigating flash floods respectively.

Category 2 (Grades 10 and 11)

The Forest Side SSS students (Boys) stood out with their project A more efficient and all weather generator. This project is based on the production of wind energy, thanks to a revolutionary system consisting of two propellers rotating in opposite directions. Hindu Girls College took second place with an idea entitled Promoting the sustainable production of fuel, which will reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Nelson College came third in the same category with their project Develop and evaluate a supervised machine learning model for Cambridge Examinations Forecast Grade.

Category 3 (Grades 12 and 13):

Piton State College’s FloodVision – The Flood Monitoring Platform project won over the jury in the third category rewarding students in higher grades.

The students devised a warning system to alert the population of rising waters caused by flooding.  Piton State College was followed by Adventist College with EcoFLUX: Dynamic Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles and Patten College Girls, who showed their imagination with An optimal permeable concrete with intelligent rainwater harvesting system at school.

The winning colleges, as well as the accompanying teacher on the project, walked away with prizes totalling Rs 250,000 and trophies, all donated by MCB.

For Dr. Aman Kumar Maulloo, Director of the RGSC, this competition is a must: “It is vital to encourage students to embark on a scientific journey to shape a future where innovation thrives. Science Quest is an adventure that gives our young people the skills they need to meet tomorrow’s challenges with ingenuity and resilience.”

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