Ten school students have been selected to represent India at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), to be held in Arizona, US, in May next year.

The students — from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Davangere — were selected after they won a contest for innovation from 111 research-based projects, an Intel release said. A total of 2,036 research-based projects were submitted by students from across the country.

The four-day event, which ended on Sunday, was aimed at promoting and nurturing science and scientific research among young Indian innovators.

Among the winning innovations in computer science were algorithms to find acoustic properties of a non-ideal room using tone bursts; to develop a test kit for detection of calcium carbide in mangoes in the field of bio-chemistry, and a study of anti-bacterial activity in leaves of different species of Bauhinia in plant sciences.

In environmental management, the innovation that won concerned a water purification system using natural agents — Moringaoleifera seeds, peanut husk, coconut fibre and sunlight.

The students were felicitated by Y. S. Rajan, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation; D. K. Pandey, Scientist, Department of Science and Technology; Janardhana Swamy, Member of Parliament; and Ashutosh Chadha, Director, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel South Asia.

aditi.n@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 2, 2012)
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