vSolve 2017, was the problem solving competition marking the culmination of Chhote Scientists calendar for the year.
This year’s competition in Bengaluru saw all the four Chhote Scientists’ schools participate with enthusiasm and competitive spirit. 42 participants representing 14 teams competed in a science gaming circuit, having to complete four theme-based games, on a timed format. Earlier, children were shortlisted through two rounds of selection process - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) test and science demonstrations.
The event at Pune saw 180 students across 36 government schools from Maval & Mulashi Tehsil and Pune Municipal Corporation participate in the event. The competition saw participation by schools, wherein Chhote Scientists program was introduced through Daimler India’s CSR program in Pune. The competition also played host to students emerging out of Bharat Forge Ltd.’s Pradnya Vikas program.
The competition was formally inaugurated by Prof. L.S. Sashidhara, Chair of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER). Mr. Ravi Pandit, Chairman, Co-founder and CEO, KPIT, along with Mr. Vivek Ponkshe, Secretary (Education), Jnana Prabodhini presided the event. Mr. Pandit interacted extensively with the students to learn about their projects, before handing over the prizes to the winners.
Based on respective problem statements given, class 8 students had to assemble a portable light source with the help of easily available materials like Aluminum cans, battery, LED etc., while Class 9 students had to build a vacuum cleaner making use of pet bottles, DC motor, pipes etc. These events were ably conducted by a strong group of 100+ KPIT volunteers across the venues of Pune and Bengaluru.
The occasion also saw the second volume of Chhote Scientists syllabus being released, conceptualized and designed exclusively by Jnana Prabodhini and KPIT. This is in succession of the release that took place in the first semester of the academic year, wherein the first volume and the Chhote Scientists App was unveiled.