In the recently concluded Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, New Delhi boy Shreyas Kapur was declared the grand winner of the ‘Google Thinking Big Award.’ Other than him several Indian-origin student has won the award in one of the world’s largest International pre-school science competition.
Sixteen Indian students participated in the fair organized by Intel Corporation and the Society for Science and the public. This student not only left a mark in the competition but they collectively won $9,500 in three grand awards and also won awards in the field of Biotechnology, medicine, Biomedical engineering, and mathematics.
17-year-old, Shreyas Kapur, of Modern School Barakhamba Road, New Delhi won the Award in the Biomedical Engineering Category. His project titled ‘’Cellphone-based Optometry using Hybrid Images’ focused on addressing ‘large and seemingly-impossible problem, by finding an elegant solution and broad impact’. Along with winning the third position in Biomedical Engineering Category, this project also won him third place in National Aeronautics and Space Administrations.
In the Grand Award Category, Suhani Sachin Jain,15, and Divya Kranthi,16 of Centre School in Nagpur won the third prize for developing an “Innovative Strategy using Endophytes for Effective Biocontrol of Insect Pests in Cotton” in plant science. The award was of USD 1,000 for their extensive work on this project.
From Ecole Mondiale World School in Mumbai, Arvind Krishna Ranganathan presented the project titled “Deterministic Approach to the Position, Trajectory, and Collision Prediction of Particles within Bounded Two-Dimensional Environments”. He won second prize for his innovative thinking on this project.
From New Delhi, Vasudev Malyan, 18, of Maharaja Agarsain Public School won came in the fourth spot in translational medical science for coming up with the idea of Novel Paper Sensors as a Diagnostic Test for Multiple Sclerosis.
Other than them many other Indian origin students also made their mark felt in this competition. Whereas 16 students were selected to attend as the finalist for Research and Innovation (IRIS) 2016. Other than this 16 students it will also have 1,700 young scientists from 419 science fairs. This 1,700 young mind are from 77 countries from around the world.
The Intel Foundation also granted $1000 to all the school that featured the top winners and to the fairs that these students represented.