The RYSI Award is a 3-stage process open to all children resident in India who study in Grade III-X. The idea of the award is to encourage children to create hands-on, experiential science activities that demonstrate a principle in any topic of your choice, occurring in the I to X standard national science curriculum. Working models, toys or experiments that help demonstrate the scientific principle are expected.
We are looking for the following in the innovations you submit:
You may enter Stage 2 of the RYSI Award by either getting nominated by your school OR participating in Stage 1 of the Award. Go to the process page to find out more. Understand the science behind the activity/topic and review existing experiential, hands-on activities at Arvind Gupta Toys, ThinkTac and other resources. Get creative, innovate an existing activity or create an entirely new one.
Nomination deadline to by-pass Stage 1 is the 10th of May, 2022. Submission Deadline for Stage 1 is 31st July 2022. Submission deadline for Stage 2 is 15th September 2022.
The RYSI contest is open to all residents of India studying in III – X standards. The children should not be younger than 8 years and older than 16 years. Home-schooled children in this age group can also participate. The award is only open to individual children and groups are not eligible.
There are two ways to participate:
Our judges includes eminent scientists and qualified volunteers. Their decision on the selection the finalists and the awardees will be final.
Below are some of the winning entries of the RYSI 2017-18. Included are interesting variations of pre-existing experiential activities as well as entirely new activities created by children.
Dhruv made a classic experiment, a Cartesian Diver, and explained the functioning and concept confidently and succinctly; something that thoroughly impressed the judges. It is a beautiful experiment that shows off a couple of principles: Pascal’s Law, which says that the pressure change through a fluid is transmitted equally throughout the fluid AND that air is more compressible than water, hence it is the air in the balloon or dropper that gets compressed, reducing its volume (hence increasing its density) and allowing the balloon – suspended with weights – to sink in the water.
It is often said that the simplest experiments are also the most beautiful. Arin exemplified that statement by simply showing that placing a powerful magnet (neodymium magnet) very close to the surface of the water creates a wee bit of a trough in the water, due to the “Diamagnetism” of water. If there is a small floating object in the water, e.g. a piece of metal foil, which is non-magnetic, it keeps wanting to be within this trough. So moving the magnet over the surface of the water makes it look like the piece of metal foil has suddenly become magnetic as it seems to follow the magnet! Arin narrated to us that he discovered this while once playing with a magnet sitting in the bathtub! Talk about a eureka moment!
Soham is clearly also a budding musician; not just a scientist! With a winning smile and oodles of enthusiasm, he made and showed off his wonderful “dholak”, a percussion instrument, made with some balloons as the vibrating membranes and rubber bands to help mount on a cylinder. He also added some string to the contraption, so he could hang it around his neck and bring a flavour of Folk India to the occasion! Rock on, Soham!!
Gokulraj used his ingenuity to come up with a model to show how rainwater could be harvested, and used through a series of bottles and pipes (straws) to power turbines to generate electricity. Using both tidal and flow-of-water energy, this could be a model for small-scale energy generation done at home by all, especially in rainy areas.
Kavin made another classic model: a homopolar motor. Though inefficient, it is a wonderful model showing how you can make a motor without a coil! How marvellous! The surface of the magnet itself acts as a coil, and so rotates rapidly as current from a battery is passed through it. Kavin had all the judges spinning in a tizzy when he showed this off.
Dhaatri made a variation of a classic toy, the cup phone. In this case, instead of paper cups, Dhaatri used small plastic containers (urine sample containers!), and connected them with string to come up with her creation. A more ear-sized opening meant that less sound was lost in transmission. The youngest winner is already preparing for a future of congratulatory phone calls!