“KHOJ” 2019-2020, Science & Tech Fest : 2nd Edition of KHOJ.

KHOJ  2019-2020, an Inter-School Science & Technology Projects Competition was held on the 8th of December, 2019 at NMMC’s Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Sector 4, Nerul. A total of 50 teams from 24 schools, including 10 NMMC Schools, from Navi Mumbai participated in the event. More than a total of 210 students participated.

KHOJ is a joint project of Shreeram Radhakrishnan Memorial Trust and the Rotary Club of New Bombay Seaside. The two organizations have joined hands to promote and inculcate the spirit of scientific enquiry amongst the younger generation.

This is the second year in succession that we are conducting the competitions and we are happy that the participation this year was almost 80% more than the last year.

Along with the projects by the students, we had the Nerul Fire Brigade team come with their fire truck and conduct demonstrations to help the students understand safety. The fire team through their demonstrations held the students and others spellbound.  We also had a Science team come and demonstrate through interactive sessions various concepts of science which the students enjoyed very much.

For the competition the students were divided into two categories – juniors ( up to 8th standard) and seniors ( 9th and 10th standard). The event saw a participation of 22 teams in the senior category and 28 in the junior category. The judges had a tough time in selecting the winners amongst the various competitors and the problem was solved by awarding prizes to 5 teams in both the categories.

The teams that bagged the coveted prizes are :

Category : Juniors

  1. 1st Prize : DAV Public School, Airoli The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000/-,  Medals & Certificates.
  2. 2nd Prize : NMMC School No. 41, Adavali-. The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 3,000/-,  Medals & Certificates.
  3. 3rd Prize : Apeejay School, Kharghar . The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,500/-,  Medals & Certificates.
  4. Consolation Prize : DPS Public School, Nerul .The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,000/- , Medals & Certificates.
  5. Consolation Prize : NMMC School No. 53, Airoli.. The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,000/-,  Medals & Certificates.

Category : Senior

  1. 1st Prize : St. Mary’s Multipurpose High School , Vashi . The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000/-,  Medals & Certificates.
  2. 2nd Prize : Sadhu Vaswani International School, Sanpada . The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 3,000/- , Medals & Certificates.
  3. 3rd Prize : : Bal Bharati Public School, Kharghar . The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,500/-,  Medals & Certificates.
  4. Consolation Prize : Smt. Radhikabai Meghe Vidyalaya, Airoli . The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,000/- , Medals & Certificates.
  5. Consolation Prize : Anjuman I Islam school Turbhe. The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,000/- , Medals & Certificates.

The Principal of the school, Mr. Sonamwane Ashok Madhukar was the Chief Guest for the event. All the participants were given participation certificates and the students, parents and teachers were provided lunch.

2019-2020: This years’ session we covered theory and experiments on—Electricity, Magnetism & Air Pressure

“KHOJ” 2018-2019, Science & Tech Fest :    Possibly the first of it’s kind in Navi Mumbai. On the 6th of January 2019, our Trust along with the Rotary Club of New Bombay Seaside held an Inter-School Science & Technology Fest at NMMC Madhyamik Vidyalaya in Sector 4, Nerul West. This Festival comprised Projects by the students, talks by experts, prize distribution and an Astronomy session for star gazing. This competition was open to students up to 10th Standard of all schools in Navi Mumbai. The details of the programme were made available in the pdf files given below. Parents and students were welcomed to come to witness the wonderful projects made by the students. Gazing of stars through telescopes by Khagol was organized at Nerul Gymkhana Amphitheatre in the evening. The photographs of KHOJ 2018-2019 follow.

A total of 32  teams ( 15 in juniors and 17 in seniors) from different schools participated in the competition. The good quality of the projects made the task of the six judges ( three for junior category and three for senior category) to select the winners a really difficult one.

The teams that bagged the coveted prizes are :

Category : Juniors

  1. 1st Prize : DAV International School, Kharghar ( Team of Sanjana V.V. , Saee Muley, Manashwini Munshi ). The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000/-  Medals & Certificates.
  2. 2nd Prize : Bal Bharati Public School, Kharghar ( Team of Paavana Srikanth, Aakanksha Singh, Mathew Joseph, Divisha Gangwal & N.V. Phaneendra). The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 3,000/-  Medals & Certificates.
  3. 3rd Prize : New Horizon Public School, Airoli ( Team of Ayush Lonakadi, Aaryan Aggarwal, Meera Palkar & Om Inamdar ). The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,500/-  Medals & Certificates.
  4. Consolation Prize : Christ Academy, Koperkhairane ( Team of Ishanavi Amrith, Anagha Patil, Herald Roche & Soumyadeep Das).

Category : Senior

  1. 1st Prize : Anjuman Islam M F High School( Team of Shaikh Mahek & Khan Anis). The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000/-  Medals & Certificates.
  2. 2nd Prize : Bal Bharati Public School, Kharghar ( Team of Aniket Kumar, Rashi Bandawala, Daksha Mudaliar, Shrija Bokare & Krushali Renganathan). The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 3,000/-  Medals & Certificates.
  3. 3rd Prize : Christ Academy, Koperkhairane ( Team of Ayush Tripathi & Karan S. Bebal). The team was awarded a total Cash Prize of Rs. 1,500/-  Medals & Certificates.
  4. Consolation Prize : New Horizon Public School, Airoli ( Team of Ashok Memon & Saptarshi Maiti.).

The Principal of the school, Mr. Sonamwane Ashok Madhukar inaugurated the session.

After the competition, Dr. D. B. Naik, one of the judges, made a demonstration of how waste thermocol can be put to use to make various types of artefacts. Another judge, Mr. Sampath Kumar gave a motivational talk combining it with science.

We will   continue with the activities at our Science & Technology Club in the NMMC School, and in the coming year and years to come, will make the yearly competitions more and more challenging.

After the Projects competition in the morning, an Astronomy session was held in the evening at Nerul Gymkhana Amphitheatre. Khabol Mandal was selected to lead this campaign. Dr. Abhay Desphande  gave a 20 mins explanation   about various heavenly bodies and the locations of the various constellations in the sky. After this all the participants, numbering about 200, were taken on a heavenly trip through the four telescopes that were brought for the occasion. All the participants saw heavenly bodies such as Mars, Binary stars, Cluster of stars ( Krithika) , Nebula, etc.

After the Projects competition in the morning, an Astronomy session was held in the evening at Nerul Gymkhana Amphitheatre. Khabol Mandal was selected to lead this campaign. All the participants, numbering about 200, were taken on a heavenly trip through the four telescopes that were brought for the occasion. All the participants saw heavenly bodies such as Mars, Binary stars, Cluster of stars ( Krithika) , Nebula, etc.

Additional Training for NMMC School children to prepare projects for KHOJ 2018-2019.

Science & Technology Club

10th January 2018: We inaugurated our first Club in a Municipal School in Nerul (sector 4). The present and the future Clubs will be joint projects of our Trust and the Rotary Club of New Bombay Seaside. Around 150 students from three Municipal schools of Nerul attend the inaugural session and all seemed to want to be a part of the project. After a few sessions the number has stabilized at 52 students.

The club works on alternate Saturday, for the present, in the school premises. The idea is to inculcate the spirit of scientific enquiry in the students and help them to do science projects so that they get hands-on experience. The students will be encouraged to come up with ideas and help will be given to develop working models. Who knows… possibly one day…. one or more of the students may become great scientists! The present club has two wonderful personalities as their guides…Dr. Nagpal(ex-BARC) and Mr. Sudeep S. Dillon(entrepreneur). The Trustees, R. Radhakrishnan & Mrs. Lalitha R. are also a part of the faculty. 

Mr. S. Sankaran is the Chairman for the project. Our heartfelt thanks to the Principal of the School, Mr. Sonawane, whose help in starting the Club cannot be put in words. WE are also thankful to NMMC Education Officer for granting us to set up the club in a Municipal School. We look forward to making this Club of ours one of the best in the country.

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