National Science Congress: Two Students Secure ‘A’ Grade For Research Thesis.

02 January, 2019

THANE: Two 12-year-olds, who were among the 14 students to have been selected from several city-based schools for the final leg of the National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) secured the coveted grade ‘A’ for their research thesis on utilization of floral waste. After months of hard work preparing questionnaires, formulating surveys and conducting numerous brainstorming sessions, Ketaki Pawar and Purva Sawant from Saraswati Vidyalaya, Ghodbundar Road, managed to bag the highest score in Thane district, baffling the judges with their innovative ideas at the recently concluded event at Bhubaneshwar.

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“On a daily basis temples across the city collect tonnes of floral waste. Sometimes it might be recycled to make organic compost and sometimes it just gets dumped rampantly in water bodies. This thought bothered me a lot and I decided to work on it. My team mate and I we visited temples, housing complexes and noted how much waste is collected. We then conducted our research online and found out that several products can be made out of these flowers. With the help of experts, we made organic face packs, essence sticks, rangoli colours, etc. We are also planning to teach some techniques to women in the rural areas so that they can be self-sufficient,” said Pawar.

While the two aspiring scientists certainty did the city proud, the others too were not so far behind, with eight children achieving ‘B+’ and ‘B’ grade in the finals.

Surendra Dighe, state co-ordinator of NCSC said, “Over the course of the three day event, the children had to present their thesis and then undergo a viva session with the judges who were from different science background. Students from Dr. Bedekar Vidya Mandir, Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania, Sou. A. K. Joshi Eng. Med. School to name a few secured ‘B+’ and ‘B’ grade respectively.”

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