IIT Kharagpur undergraduate students have organized a live interactive session to mentor school students in classes VIII-X to participate in science and technology innovation competitions. This is an initiative under the IIT Kharagpur Young Innovators Program, a science and technology competition empowering students in classes VIII – X to solve real-life challenges through innovations.
At a time when the MHRD is making technological hackathons increasingly popular across colleges and several corporate houses too extending their support to similar hackathons on various domains, IIT Kharagpur envisioned promoting the practice of ideation and innovation for an even greener pasture i.e. schools.
“We wanted to create a platform which would give students the opportunity to tell a story in science classes even before they reach out for IITs or other colleges in STEM and medicine,” explained an organizing body member of the third edition of Young Innovators Program. “With the assistance of ICICI Bank and Indegene Inc., #YIP2019 is bound to stir much curiosity in the student community with keen interest in science discipline,” he added.
‘Energy and Environment’, ‘Health & Cleanliness’, ‘Disaster Management’, ‘Hardware Modeling’, Financial Inclusion, and ‘Product Designing’. Winning the competition involves coming up with innovative eco-friendly solutions which are also commercially viable. This would give the ideas a chance to hit the mainstream market kick-starting their success.
Mentorship – Going Live
The organizing team will take live questions from this year’s participants as well as school students interested in similar science and technology competitions. The interactive session is scheduled on July 31 at 3.00 PM on the Facebook page of IIT Kharagpur Young Innovators Program. The students can post their queries and get them answered in real-time through Facebook Live. The webinar will address live FAQs related to preparing concept note, themes, model presentation among others.
The competition which started in 2017 has received rave reviews including words of appreciation from the Honourable President of India and Ambassador of Israel in India. Last year, the reach was to 2000+ schools in India and abroad. The registrations for YIP2019 were opened for school students in India and abroad earlier this month. The competition which went international last year also received applications from UAE and ASEAN countries within the first week of its launch in addition to schools from various Indian states.
The third edition of the event was launched on July 18. The Round I registration will go on till August 9, 2019. Launch News
Teachers’ Speak on YIP Participation
“The event is about teamwork. We are thankful to IIT Kharagpur and developing scientific attitude among our students,” said Neelam Dwivedi, teacher at Kanger Valley, Raipur which got the top slot last year.
“The event helps reorient perspectives as the teams go back with innovative ideas of other participants, inputs of IIT faculty and the excellent attitude of undergraduate students at IIT Kharagpur,” pointed out Kesava Reddy MC, teacher at Crossword School, Guntur which was among the top 3 schools last year.