Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Two Sundays...

... back, I was helping out at the Bangalore round of KQA's annual Jack Kilby Science & Technology Quiz. This was the fourth time that this was held.

A report written for the KQA blog...

The St. John's auditorium on Sunday (5th November, 2006) was witness to one of KQA's fastest growing annual quizzes, the Jack Kilby Science & Technology Quiz, for students between the 8th and 10th grades. The quiz has reached it's fourth edition, propelled by the enthusiasm and deep-ish pockets of the Texas Instruments Foundation, with Ochintya Sharma conducting it regularly. This year, it was held at four venues.

352 teams turned up to have a go at the supremely attractive prizes. The national winner gets to visit NASA and a TI fab-lab in Houston. Each of the regional winners won themselves robotics kits, and runners-up and finalists won various other prizes including book-vouchers, telescopes and digital cameras.

Ochintya Sharma (WALT(W) and KQA president) conducted as always, and succeeded in providing a balance of work-out-able and clever questions which kept the scoring tight and the capacity-audience hooked till the end. His frequent advice on 'how life and quizzing luck is' notwithstanding. NPS kept up it's record of being placed in the top three for every year.

The Chennai round was held on the 10th at the
Kumararaja Muthiah Hall in RA Puram. 567 teams participated, and the 1200-capacity hall had people squatting in aisles, I'm told.

The Delhi round, followed by the finals, was held on the 14th
Sriram Centre for Art and Culture. The turnout was restricted due to a smaller-sized auditorium. DPS, RK Puram ended up winners of the Delhi round from the 125-odd schools.

The finals were tightly contested between the Bangalore and Chennai teams, with the Bangalore team making it through as winners in the end.

Sriharsha V. Bhat and Mayukh Samanta of National Public School, Indirangar (yay?)
Abhijith K. Anil and Milind M. Rao of Presidency School, R.T. Nagar
Pavan S. Bharadwaj and Mayank M. Kowahik of Sri Kumaran's Childrens' Home

V. Sreevatsan and V. Prashant of SRDF Vivekananda Vidyalaya
2nd: Sanjith Gopalakrishnan and K. Varun of P.S. Senior Secondary School
3rd: Ashwath Rabindranath and Akshay Rangamani of Vidya Mandir, Royapettah

1st: Shubham Prakhar and Sidharth G of DPS, RK Puram
2nd: Kshitij Lauria and Aishwarya of Amity International
Jyotesh Singh and Angad Uberoi of St. Columba's

1st: NPS, Indiranagar (Bangalore)
SRDF Vivekananda Vidyalaya (Chennai)
3rd: DPS, RK Puram (Delhi)

Other Coverage
The report in The Hindu about the Bangalore round here (scroll down)
The Chennai round (read the report from The Hindu here.)

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