Registration Process:
The entire day’s event will be conducted on Zoom: Morning (Contest: 9am-1pm); Afternoon (Judging: 2-4.15pm); Evening (Presentation: 5-6pm).

All Finalists would have received an email with the Zoom Registration link.
Please register before 11.59pm, Friday, February 25th. You will receive an email with the individualised unique link to join the meeting. Please be patient to receive the link as each registration needs to be verified by us. You must register using your Raman Awards registered email. ONLY 1 device will be allowed to login per participant.

Note: Those of you where both siblings have qualified using the same email ID will need to register for each individual separately, using different email IDs, i.e. one of them can register with the RYSI registered email ID, while the other with any other email ID.

In the morning, your reporting time is based on your category:
Seniors: 9am
Intermediate: 9.15am
Juniors: 9.35am

Note that the Topic for the Finals is announced on-the-spot, during the event. Here is the Material and Tool List for the Finals. Note that quantities have not always been mentioned, as that is always up to the individual; use your best judgement for what you might need for a one-time experiment you will be making on-the-spot. For several items, you will notice they appear on the same line separated by a ‘/’ sign. That means that ANY of those materials is sufficient; you don’t need all of them. Note that the same comprehensive material list is being sent to ALL contestants, regardless of category. While this will mean that a lot of what you collect may not be used, it was the only fair way to send a material list without giving away too much regarding which category gets what topic. You will also notice that most of the materials are household materials or have household alternatives, or something you can get easily from a neighbourhood store. You are free to use any materials above and beyond what is listed. But remember one of the judging criteria: the affordability and accessibility of a material matters! So the more affordable and accessible the materials you use, the higher score you are likely to get.

Making Rules:
The device camera must be on, and focused on the participant at all times. All the work that is done must be visible. Other individuals may assist the child, but only if the child proactively requests assistance, or to provide a specific material that is not a part of the list, or for the younger children, help may be needed in say lighting a candle etc. Our proctors will raise a flag if they feel there’s too much assistance or interference from a non-participant. If the child needs a toilet break, they must raise their hand (on the zoom app) to request it and leave and return empty-handed. Other unforeseen requests will be handled on the day, on a case-by-case basis. Our educators will be viewing each video window and will expect all participants to abide by the honour code of not getting other people to help the child.

After completing the day’s innovation, you will be required to fill a google form (the link will be shared with you on the day), where you will need to submit 2 photographs – from different angles – of your completed activity. And a youtube URL link of a video (3 minutes max) where you demonstrate the activity and explain its working and the science behind it. Only after that will they be allowed to turn off the main device camera and log off from the morning session.

During this period, all participants will be invited back to the common Zoom call, at individually appointed times (which have been sent by email). When you meet the judges, the same video will be played to them, and they will ask you questions based on that. You will not have to demonstrate your model again. The video should suffice; your interaction with the judges will be a Q&A, although you may keep your activity handy in case you need to clarify something. Each interaction with the judges will be timed at 7-8 minutes, which includes the 3-min video. Other participants won’t be able to view each others’ interaction with the judges. Once an individual has finished with the judges, they may log off, after being instructed to do so.

A short presentation ceremony, where all participants will join back on a common call. The RYSI Finals 2021 awardees will be announced. And the day’s proceedings will come to an end.

The registration link for the Presentation ceremony (5pm), which is open to all, is as follows:

Please register before 11.59pm, Friday, February 25th. You will receive an email with the individualised unique link to join the meeting. Since this is a public event, you should receive the confirmation email promptly.


Activity Time
Reporting. Welcome and short orientation. Children will then be placed in break-out rooms based on their category 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Finals Instructions 10:00 AM to 10.30 AM
A short demonstration will be done by a senior ISPF educator to announce and introduce the topics for each category.

A selection of possible activities will be demonstrated for children to get an overview of the topic and perhaps inspire some ideas.

10:30 AM to 11 AM
Making Session 10.30AM to 12.30PM
Submission 12.30PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch break 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Judges’ Interactions 2:00PM to 4:15PM
Presentation Ceremony 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Panel of Scientists to Judge the Finalists

  • 1. Jayant Murthy – Retired Faculty, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore; PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA; worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA), Maryland, USA, specialist in Space Astronomy with broad interests.

  • 2. Ravinder K. Baniyal – Associate Prof, IIA. PhD at IIA. Followed by postdoc positions at Boston and Goettingen. Ravinder is an experimental physicist working in the area of wave front sensing, where his research and expertise has been internationally recognised. At IIA, Ravinder is very active in doing astronomy outreach activities for students and the general public all over the country..

  • 3. Sabyasachi Chatterjee – Retired Faculty, IIA. PhD IISc. Great breadth and depth in various branches of physics, excellent in hands-on experiments; fluent in maths; Co-author of the biography of KS Krishnan, deeply involved in People’s Science Network.

  • 4. Mousumi Das – Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ. of Maryland, USA; PhD, IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. Gives numerous outreach and public lecture talks around the world, to professional and budding astronomers!

  • 5. Swati Sircar – Azim Premji University (APU); runs MathSpace. Previously at Shikshamitra, Kolkata. Graduate Studies at Univ of Washington, USA. Expert and wizard in creating hands-on maths and science activities for children and teachers. Heavily involved in enhancing the curriculum in various State and National syllabi.

  • 6. Ashok Pati, – Retired Faculty, IIA. Graduate of BITS, Pilani and IIA (Ph.D.). Specialising in astrophysics of galaxies and population modelling. High level of expertise in the area of instrumentation and computing. Major role in designing cutting-edge astronomy instruments such as the JCB Telescope at the Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO) and the UV Imaging Telescope (UVIT) aboard the Astrosat satellite.

  • 7. Shashi Thutupalli – Faculty, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), biophysicist, postdoc at Princeton and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation, Göttingen, PhD from the latter, MSc from Univ of Toronto, research on organisation of living systems and synthetic mimics of living matter. Also associated with the Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines, and ICTS.

  • 8. S.P. Rajaguru – Faculty, IIA. PhD, IISc (Joint Astronomy Programme). Post-doc at Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France and Stanford University, USA. Main research interests include the solar interior and helioseismology. He plays a major role in science outreach at IIA and elsewhere, bringing astronomy to the masses.

  • 9. D.C.V. Mallik – Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of work Interstellar Matter and Planetary Nebulae. PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Senior author of the biography of Sir KS Krishnan; edited books on astronomy, currently working in the field of History of Science.

  • 10. Ramkumar Mahadevan former IAF pilot, Flying Instructor, Test Pilot & Gallantry Award winner. He has taught Aerodynamics, Instruments and Airpower-related subjects. He has a deep interest in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, taught in the Krishnamurti schools for 20 years, teaching Science, Maths, Geography.

  • 11. Yusuf Ahmad Khan is an editor of science and computer science books at Oxford University Press India. He likes exploring the world around us in the company of children, learning more from the children than what the children learn from him. He loves the video Austin’s butterfly.

  • 12. Sekhar Soorianarayanan, The Valley School, Bangalore. Hands-on science teacher for kids of all ages. Previously at GE, Bangalore. Graduate Studies at Texas Tech. Vast experience and passionate interest in creating hands-on learning tools and modules for middle and high school students of science.

  • 13. Proteep Mallik, APU. Extensive experience in the field of optical engineering with firms such as Pacific Biosciences and KLA-Tencor in the USA. Graduate studies at Optical Sciences Center, Univ. of Arizona, USA.

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