PROCESS

Participants are expected to create hands-on science activities that demonstrate a principle in the selected topic. Working models, toys or experiments that help demonstrate the scientific principle selected may be submitted. The entries will be judged based on:

  1. Originality of the idea
  2. Effectiveness with which it conveys the chosen topic
  3. Ease of access to materials required
  4. Fun – how much will a child enjoy the activity?

Process Overview – Overall

Participants can make submissions throughout the year. Once they make a submission, they enter a Preliminary round where the submission is evaluated. Based on the evaluation, they could qualify to Semi-finals or National finals.

A participant can make 2 submissions in each Preliminary round. So, in a year, a participant can make up to 6 submissions (2 in each of the three rounds). Top submissions from each round get a direct entry to National Finals.

Note: Numbers are for representational purpose only.

Entries that do not qualify for National Finals, could still qualify for Semi-finals. Participants get another chance to qualify from Semi-finals to National Finals.

Example: Assume in Preliminary Stage – III, 2000 participants make submissions. Of these 18 could go to National Finals, while 120 might qualify for Semi-finals.

Process Overview – Preliminary Rounds

The Eureka moment can strike anytime!

We accept ideas for the Preliminary Stage all year round. Just proceed to submit your innovation after registering yourself. You can have multiple ideas and we would happy to review all of them. Refer to the Schedule section for details.

STAGE I PROCESS

Preliminary submission will be online. However, children who do not have access to the Internet will have the option of sending their entries by post to the address provided. A postal registration template can be downloaded from the Download page.

The child can choose any topic that appears in the curriculum of III-X standard of any board. A child is allowed to submit up to 2 entries for the preliminary stage.

After creation of their innovative activity, the participant has to document it and upload a photograph with a short description on the award web site. These entries will be screened by experts and qualified volunteers to select a winner and meritorious submissions for progression to the subsequent stages.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The shortlisting process will require children to develop a “new” hands-on, experiential science activity in any of the shortlisted topics of science. The submission, which is made on the award website, should include the following:

  1. A checklist filled by the participant which brings out:
    • Originality of the idea. If the idea is a variation of an existing idea, then provide link to existing idea.
    • Effectiveness with which it conveys the chosen topic
    • Ease of access to materials required
    • Fun – how much will a child enjoy the activity?
  2. Media – Photos and / or video of the activity
  3. Description – A short description of the science behind the activity
  4. Materials Used (and their availability)
  5. The submission should include a) Scientific Principle addressed b) Materials used c) Description of steps d) Description of Science and most importantly photos, illustration and / or video of the activity.

Review a sample submission in the Resources section of the website and download it in the Download page.

Semi-finals

There is no direct entry to Semi-finals. Participants entre Semi-finals based on their submission in any one of the Preliminary rounds I, II or III.

Semi-finals will be an online event. The topic for Semi-finals will be announced and only one submission in the topic will be allowed.

National Finals

For the National Finals, approximately 100 selected finalists, split approximately evenly across the 3 categories, will contest a National Finals at Panchavati on 10th November 2019.

During the finals, one science topic will be chosen for each category and children will be briefed on the topic and provided access to selected resources and a range of materials. Finalists are expected to create their own innovations “on the fly”, and the best one, judged by our expert panel, will be declared the winner in each category.

Watch this space for details of the National Finals.

FINALS PROCESS

During the finals, both Semi-finals and National Finals, one science topic will be chosen for each category and children will be briefed on the topic and provided access to selected resources and a range of materials. Finalists are expected to create their own innovations “on the fly”, and the best one, judged by our expert panel, will be declared the winner in each category.

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