Mangaluru, Dec 1: One of the most anticipated flagship events of Manipal School, Attavar – ‘Manipal’s Mindspark’ was conducted with great enthusiasm and vigour on November 29. ‘Manipal’s Mindspark’ is an annual event showcasing the academic brilliance of the students through exhibits of working models, interactive charts, educational puzzles, roleplays, and much more. The event was inaugurated by a replica of the Pragyan Rover which was a part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission. The school principal, Anuradha Shivaram operated the controls of this rover which was made by the students of Grades VI, VII and VIII under the leadership of the Innovation club teacher, Akarsh Shetty. The inaugural event continued with an exhilarating dance performance by Grade V students showcasing the importance of curiosity.
The chief guest for the event was Dr Amitha Prabhu, PhD in Physics, with more than 15 years of teaching experience as a professor, including at Sahyadri Engineering College and Canara College of Engineering. She was also the external judge for the Science exhibits. The other external judges included – Josna Nullipady (English), Bhawana Sharma (Hindi), Veena Bhuvanesh (Kannada), Chaitra Rao (Mathematics), Hilda Rasquinha (Social Sc), Sujatha M Suvarna (Arts), and Ramkishore Kishore (IT). The principal, in her address, welcomed the chief guest and Judges of the event and congratulated the students on all the hard work that went into making each of the exhibits. Students of Grade X handled various key roles during the inaugural event. Hibah Haneefa Anees compered the event, Preeti Kanwar Rao introduced the Judges, and Advik Acharya delivered the vote of thanks.
The theme of the event was ‘Incredible India’ with various level-wise sub-themes. Students of Prep 1 - Grade IV demonstrated interesting experiments under the sub-theme ‘We are Scientists’. Grade V and VI students presented under the sub-theme ‘Celebrating Indian Heroes’. The sub-theme for Grade VII was ‘Ancient Indian Saga’ and Grade VIII was ‘India through Colonial Eyes’. Grade IX had a sub-theme of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and for Grade X it was ‘India @ 2047’. The event that went on from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm was a grand success. The judges, parents, and students enjoyed viewing the fascinating exhibits. Some of the exceptional displays included replicas of the Surgical Tools used by Maharshi Sushruta presented by students of Grade VII A, Vedic Math puzzles by students of Grade VII B, Solar Powered Zero Emission Cars by students of Grade X A, Metallurgy in Space by students of Grade X C, etc.
Student feedback – “I had a fantastic time preparing for this year’s Mindspark. It was fun to work with my teammates and most importantly, I learned so much! So much planning went into our project and we made sure that we gave it our best shot. I’m looking forward to next year’s Mindspark now.” – Ashwika Raghavan, Grade IX B
Parent feedback – “Congratulations on such a successful and thought-provoking MINDSPARK! Kudos to the entire faculty, staff, and last but not least our budding bright minds, our beloved children! We feel proud that our kids go to such an institution that promotes such events which not only allow the kids to work hard and display their efforts but also give them an opportunity to explain the same to others; this enhances their communication skills and improves their confidence. It was a wonderful enriching experience all around to just be there and be a part of this event. Looking forward to the next MINDSPARK. Well done!” – Parent of Grade IV student
Judge’s feedback – “I am very grateful for calling me as a judge for this event. It was very interesting to see young kids doing such good and technically sound projects. All the kids prepared well for the event and they were all very much interested to take part in such events.” – Ramkishore Kishore.