Air Force School, Bangalore again best Teenovators

January 30, 2016

Air Force School Hebbal, Bangalore once again won the coveted ‘Teenovator of the year’ first prize at the national-level innovation competition for students at Manipal Academy of Higher Education here on Saturday. The Bangalore outfit take home a prize money of Rs 5 lakhs as well. Earlier, they had clinched the top prize in 2013. Garden High International School, Kolkata were second and bagged a prize money of Rs 3 lakhs. Bharatiya Jain Sanghatan Junior College, Pune finished third and earned a prize money of Rs 1 lakh. Consolations prizes of Rs 50,000 each went to St Columba's school, Delhi and Iqbalia International School, Hyderabad.

Teenovators is a national-level platform provided by Manipal Academy of Higher Education, with support from INK, to the young minds in schools across the country to showcase their creative and innovative skills. Eight of the best teams are brought to Manipal Academy of Higher Education for the final round following a screening process spread over few months. This year 400 schools participated and eight were selected for the grand finale.

The finalists exhibited their projects at the Innovation Centre in Manipal Institute of Technology. The five judges & three mentors grilled the participants about their projects, which according to them were of a very high standard. The judges said that it is rare to see innovations of such high standard being presented. They were happy that Manipal Academy of Higher Education was providing platform for youngsters to innovate and exhibit their skills. 

“Teenovators is a signature event of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, with the singular purpose of fostering, encouraging & recognizing research & innovation in much younger student bodies. The wealth of these innovations is what will drive India’s knowledge economy,” said Dr Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.  We at INK have always believed in nurturing young minds. We are impressed with the solutions that we have seen during the course of the Teenovators programme,” said Lakshmi Pratury, Founder & CEO, INK. 

The Bangalore school had won the first prize in 2013 for their project on how to maximize life of a mobile battery while in use. Today, their project called “Cloneator” clones the action of his master and works on the principle of one robot cloning another control robot. With their cloneator, their aim is to replace humans with robots in breathtaking, risky jobs.

Garden High International School, Kolkata’s project called ‘Piezoelectric power generation in trains’ displayed how to generate sufficient power to light up the train compartments. The piezoelectric materials are fixed in the shock absorbers and coupling dampers of a train and converting the electric signals thus produced by running trains.

The second runner-up, Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana Jr College, Pune have studied plant growth using electromagnetic waves.  The students have conducted a study on this subject and have come out with certain recommendations of controlling crop growth with electromagnetism. The teams winning consolation prizes, St Columba's school, Delhi for their project had ‘Microcontrolled Farming Solution’ and Iqbalia International School, Hyderabad project was ‘Addressing iron deficiency among women’. 


Dr. Kiran Datar, Former Advisor Government of India, National Knowledge Commission, Dr. Maulishree Agrahari, CEO, ICT Skills Development Society, Govt. of Karnataka and Mr. Anand Gandhi, Film Maker and Screen Writer were present at the prize distribution function held later in the evening.