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Thursday , November 29 , 2012
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Olympiad to test students’ creativity

It will be a different kind of experience for some 100 schoolchildren from across the country as they explore new facets of science.

Institution of Engineers is all set to host the National Creativity Olympiad on November 30 to promote science and general knowledge among school students. This will be the 11th year of the Olympiad.

Altogether 22 teams, including 16 outstation, from schools of Jamshedpur, Patna, Kanpur, Bhubaneswar, Bhilai, Tirupati, Calcutta, Bokaro and Ranchi will vie for the top honours. Winners will bag laptops, smart phones, digital camera and DVDs. The participants will be from classes VI to XII.

National Creativity Olympiad is unique in the sense that students are expected to create something new on a given topic. Materials are provided by the organisers. For example, the participants were once asked to make balloon cars and windmill generators with the help of balloons, plastic cups, straws, adhesive, cutter and other materials.

“We always give topics that will help students explore and learn. The idea is give the children a chance to think and come up with the best they can with limited resources. This year’s theme will be environment or any other related topic,” said Krishnendu Shaw, office in-charge of Institution of Engineers.

A preliminary round at the city level had already been held to shortlist six teams. The teams are from Loyola School, Jamshedpur Public School, Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya, DAV Public School, Bistupur, and two from DBMS English School.

The prize distribution ceremony will take place at Motilal Nehru Public School on December 1.

“On December 1, children will display their models on various topics. A cultural programme is also scheduled on November 30,” Shaw said.