SCI-QUEST 2017- A March for Science
â€śScience is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.â€ť Carl Sagan.
National Public School, Banashankari, conceived Sci- Quest, a Science speech contest as a flagship endeavour which stemmed from the vision of taking science out of the textbooks into real-time conversation.
With this quest in mind Sci-Quest 2017 commenced with a prayer song followed by the lighting of the lamp.
The Principal Madam Grace C D. in her welcome address Â saidÂ that SciQuest was pioneered as an annual event to motivate the young to develop a scientific bend of mind and will be an annual event.
Shreelata Sharma, HOD of the Science department, initiated the programme by stating the rules and regulations.
The young speakers from different schools spoke with conviction, on topics ranging from cryogenic preservation and nanotechnology to Alzheimers and vertical gardening.
The judges for the contest were the Â renowned Biologist, Poornima Kumaraswamy (Ex â€“ Vice Principal, Sindhi High School) and Ms.Malathi Menon(PGT Chemistry, KV MEG,and centre, Bangalore), inhouse senior teacher Sandhya Mohan and Jayalekha (PGT Physics), each of them a stalwart in the field of education asked challenging questions to the speakers for which the students gave smart responses.
Speaking on the occasion the invited judges praised the school for designing such innovative topics which are so scientifically relevant especially in the present day. The judges at the end of the contest gave glowing remarks about the exactitude of the students in their preparation and delivery of their speech and about the novelty of conducting such a contest.
Divya Shekhar of BGS NPS walked away with the first place for the senior category, and Ghaanavi Umesh of NPS Yeshwanthpur won the runners-up position.
Kaajal Shenoy of NPS Kengeri, won the first place for the junior category, with Shaunak Geetprasad of NPS Gottigere securing the runners-up trophy.
The rolling trophy was raised by the team consisting of Divya Shekhar and Jiya Tomar of BGS NPS for being the best team.
Sci-Quest 2017 was a day of learning, a day of understanding our world, and after all, a day of appreciating the elegance of science.