Process Overview

There are two ways to participate:

  • Get nominated by your school. A maximum of 3 students can be nominated per grade for each participating school. The nomination page for teachers is set up here. The school may use any internal criteria of their choice to select students. All co-ed schools need to select a minimum of one female student per grade. By getting nominated, a student is automatically put into Stage 2 of the Raman Awards.
  • Those who don’t get nominated by their school may still participate in the Raman Awards by participating in Stage 1 of the RYSI Award.

Process Overview


Submit a photo and video of a pre-decided activity, which needs to prove that you have made the activity and made it work. Answer an Observation quiz related to the Activity/Topic. Based on the quality of submissions and quiz scores, you may be selected for Stage 2 of the RYSI Award. We will update this page once this stage is open to submissions.

Stage 2 (National Qualifiers)

Like previous editions, here you will be expected to submit a maximum of 2 innovations – with video, photos and description – of your choice, pertaining to any topic relevant to the I-X standard national science curriculum. In addition, you will have to prepare and fill in an observation table (the data you collected while playing with the activity) for each submission you have made.


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.

Stage 3 (National Finals)

For the National Finals, approximately 100 selected finalists, split approximately evenly across the 3 categories, will contest a National Finals Live, at Panchavati, Bangalore on Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th of February, 2024.

During the finals, one science activity/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 solve a problem related to the activity. 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.

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