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 the National finals.

A participant can make 3 submissions in each Preliminary round. So, in a year, a participant can make up to 6 submissions (3 in each of the two 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 from the first preliminary round could still qualify from the second preliminary round.

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 3 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.

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 29th November 2020.

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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