Fun with Science

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

An inter-house Science exhibition was conducted for students of Class VI, VII and VIII on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. The topics were Waste to Wealth, Innovation of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, Transport and Communication as well as Health and Hygiene.

Students in groups displayed their creativity with confidence in their respective classrooms. They were able to suggest various applications of their innovative ideas which was highly appreciated by the teachers and judges. Shri. Lipun Pradhan, Faculty JKBK College and Shri Manoja Kumar Pradhan, Faculty, DRIEMS College were the external judges for the event.

Some of the groups came up with interesting ways to convert waste into wealth, some showcased innovative ways to save energy. There were informative models on rain water harvesting, solar energy and hydraulics.

Science Exhibition gives the students an opportunity to learn and understand new things while making the model. It also encourages team work, boosts their speaking abilities, enhances skills like reading, writing, ethics, critical thinking, problem solving etc. It also gives them a platform to apply their ideas and present things differently in their own unique way.

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The Table Tennis Achievers

Table Tennis is like an atom. To the ignorant it is merely microscopic and insignificant in existence, but to the dedicated, it is intricate in design and the building block to everything we know.”- Matt Hetherington

Table Tennis helps build strength, speed and agility, simultaneously it aids in keeping the brain sharp and improves balance. It is also an excellent sport to shed calories, improve reflexes, and keeps the joint bones intact.

Nandini Biswal of Class IX and Preyansh Panda of Class VIII won the Bronze medal each in the CBSE Cluster-II Table Tennis Championship held from 14th to 16th September 2018. While Nandini won it in the U-19 category, Preyansh bagged it in the U-14 category in the tournament held at Vikash Residential School, Bhubaneswar. Students from 35 schools across states like Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal had participated in the Championship.

SAI International School believes in giving equal focus to scholastic and co-scholastic activities for the holistic development of its students. They are encouraged to take up various sporting activities right from Class-I and trained accordingly as per their abilities and interest. A fortnight before any tournament, the selected students undergo rigorous training for a period of two hours every day in the school premises. They are also taught on the importance of team spirit, perseverance, sportsman spirit, how to cope with success and failures, respect and a sense of fellowship for other competitors etc.

Role Play on Kahani Azad Hindustan Ki

“An education which does not teach us to discriminate between good and bad, to assimilate the one and eschew the other, is a misnomer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Drama enables students to get a deeper experience in thinking and feeling as well as in expressing themselves. This art form is also a powerful pedagogical tool. It is one of the most effective ways to engage students in creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, resulting in an increased level of concentration and comprehension. It also builds upon various communication skills of the student artists through the use of body language, facial expressions and different voices.

The drama troupe of SAI International School won the 3rd position in the State level Play competition held at Capital High School, Bhubaneswar on Saturday, September 15, 2018. It was organised by the Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Odisha, to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Nine students of the school brilliantly staged a well-researched and meticulously scripted play named as ‘Kahani Azad Hindustan Ki’, on the life of the great leader. It showcased his longest fast of 21-days, the ‘Champaran Satyagrah’ movement for the farmers of Motihari district of Bihar and his principles of non-violence. The Skit competition aimed to propagate the message of the Father of our Nation among the student community, across the Nation.

SAI international School houses an excellent Drama department as part of the co-scholastic activity. Students from various classes learn the art from experienced mentors and regularly showcase their skills at different competitions and events.

CBSE Capacity Building Workshop

“Teaching is a profession in which capacity building should occur at every stage of the career – novices working with accomplished colleagues, skillful teachers sharing their craft, and opportunities for teacher leadership.” –Randi Weingarten

A two-day CBSE workshop for the enrichment of Mathematics Teachers was conducted at SAI International School on 11 and 12 September 2018. Forty-six teachers from 26 School of the State attended the enriching programme. The subject experts of CBSE, Mr. R.S. Pandey, Principal K.P.S. Bhilai and Ms. Kakali Bagchi, Mathematics teacher, Haryana Vidhyamandir Kolkata were the Resource persons.

Organised by the Centre of Excellence of CBSE, the Capacity Building programme aimed at enhancing skills of the teachers in areas of conceptual understanding, critical thinking, logical reasoning, arithmetic computation, spatial thinking and creativity.

The main objective of the programme was to:

–       equip the participants with the skills and competencies required to effectively transact challenging content areas in mathematics,

–       facilitate in effective planning of their lesson,

–       sensitize the participants on providing a gender equitable environment,

–       familiarize them with the concept of multiple intelligence,

–       skilling up their expertise in drafting test items,

–       importance of creating an environment of shared learning and

–  explore suitable strategies to deal with students’ misconceptions regarding mathematical concepts

The highly interactive workshop also focused on devising innovative ways of teaching mathematics to wipe away a student’s fear towards the subject and make it as interesting as possible. In addition, faculty of SAI briefed the participants on exploring mathematics using GSP Geometric sketchpad to construct interactive mathematical models ranging from basic investigations about shapes and numbers to advanced illustrations of complex numbers.

SAI emerges 1st in the Odisha School Chess Championship

“Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted.” – Vladimir Putin

SAI International School has earned the first position in the All Odisha School Chess Championship, 2018, organised by S.R.Chess. Around 276 Players from across 16 districts, 60 schools and 42 international rated players participated in 1st Kulamani Tripathy Memorial All Odisha School Chess Championship held at East Coast Railway Indoor Stadium in Cuttack from 8 to 10 September 2018.

The cumulative 18 points earned by our top seeded players Suhana Jena (U-12), Ankita Sahoo (U-14) and Sohan P. Mohanty (U-9) won us the coveted place. Around 14 students from SAI had participated in the tournament, who also performed excellently and won various positions.

Ishani Das won the first place in U-6 category, Pritpal Sarangi (U-7) and Ayushman Parida (U-5) won the 3rd place in their respective category.

Chess is one such game that aids in developing the brain muscles and helps in sharpening the memory. In earlier times, it was considered as a game for the intellectuals and people with high critical thinking abilities. But in today’s time, people of all age-group and mind set have taken a liking to it. According to Garry Kasparov, the Russian Chess Grandmaster and the former World Chess Champion, Chess is a great game which brings in concentration and improves the logical thinking skill of people. It also teaches people to play by the rule and take responsibility for their own actions.

SAI Scouts & Guides conducts Special Assembly

“Nobody is too small to do a good turn, even if it is only to smile” – Lord Robert Baden-Powell

The Scouts and Guides students of Class IX and X conducted a Special Assembly. They spoke about the Motto, Logo, the Promise and the Law of the Movement. Through a Power Point Presentation, the students briefed others about the various activities conducted by them throughout the year.

They also demonstrated on how to make two kinds of stretcher in case of emergency. Students made one stretcher with the help of sticks and ropes and another with bedsheet and sticks. They even demonstrated how to carry an ailing person on those. The students also showcased bandaging techniques and scouting knots. They did a Head and Jaw bandage and Palm bandage. The Assembly ended with everyone joining for the National Anthem.

According to Lord Powell, the Founder of the Boy Scout Movement, Scouting is not an abstruse or difficult science, rather it is a jolly game if taken in the right light, simultaneously it is also educative.

Spellbinding Performance by Krupa Doshi

“Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself”. – Havelock Ellis

Krupa Doshi of Class VIII gave a different dimension to Odissi dancing during the 26th India Theatre Olympiad held at Cuttack from September 1 to 10, 2018. The elegant dancer mesmerized the assemblage with a brilliant performance of Guru Vandana, donning a pair of Roller Skates along with the dancing bells adorning her ankles. Throughout the performance, the young girl gracefully maintained the poise of an Odissi dancer reflecting her hard work and confidence.

The program was part of the Annual International Theatre Festival, 2018 which provides a wonderful platform for countries to strengthen ties through art. The cultural extravaganza depicts the rich, multi-dimensional and varied performing arts of India.

Artists from several countries like Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA, Afghanistan, Greece etc., had taken part in the festival. It was organised by Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh in collaboration with Dept of Odia Language, Literature and Culture, Govt of Odisha in association with District Administration, Cuttack.

The Science Genius – Apekshik Panigrahi

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Apekshik Panigrahi is one of the 29 participants selected from among 12,000 entries from across 190 countries to participate in the semi-finals of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, 2018. He is one of the five genius students selected from India.

The Class XI Science student was selected for his 3-minute video on ‘The Quantum Mechanical View of Nature’, which beautifully showcases whether light is a particle or a wave and the mysterious nature of all fundamental particles like electron, photons, neutrons etc which make up our entire Universe.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual competition for students in the age group of 13 to 18 years to share their passion for Maths and Science with the world. Through a short video, student try to explain a big scientific idea in fundamental physics, life sciences or mathematics. The judgement is based on capturing audience interest, creativity or innovative approach, clarity of subject and challenging nature of subject matter. The contest is designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental contests.

The winner gets a prize amount of $250,000 as post-secondary scholarship, $50,000 prize for the winner’s guide teacher and $100,000 for the Breakthrough Science Lab. It also includes a trip for the winner and a parent or guardian to receive the award. Students of more than 190 countries had taken part in the competition.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge also invites the world to participate in its judging process, via the Popular Vote. The winner of the Popular Vote will skip the Selection Committee phase of judging and go straight to the final round – where the winner of the competition is selected. The lines are open from September 7 to 10, 2018.

To vote for Apekshik, please go to the link –  Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2018 (My video link) and click the like button or give your comments. The URL for the link above is – ” https://www.facebook.com/BreakthroughPrize/videos/vl.300697077387245/2179081788831370/?type=1 “

Congratulations SAIoneer and Best wishes for the Semi Final round.

SAIoneers visit to the Police Station – Know Your Police Initiative

“What is the value of education which does not inculcate passion and fearlessness for setting right what is wrong.” – Kiran Bedi

Sixty students of SAI International School got a wonderful opportunity to visit the Nandankanan Police Station as part of the ‘Know Your Police” Initiative on Saturday, September 8, 2018. They were warmly greeted by Shri Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Shri Anup Sahoo, DCP Bhubaneswar, Shri Akhileshvar Singh, DCP Cuttack, Shri Sri Rabindranath Meher, Inspector-in-Charge, Nandankanan Police Station and other Police Personnel.

Shri Mohanty briefed the students on the role, responsibility and objectives of being a Policeman. He also outlined the Organisational structure of the Police Commissionerate, its strength, as well as a gave a statistical picture of the crime rate in the Country and State. He also outlined the various trainings taken by various levels of Police.

Students had a marvelous time visiting the various departments of the Police Station. They got to know the procedure to file a FIR, visited the VHF Record Room, got to see how signals are sent, got a glimpse of the ammunition room, saw the Malkhana which houses the various seized products, and finally, the Lock up rooms. Each of the man in uniform patiently answered the various eager queries of the students and guided them on the processes followed in the Police Station.

This was followed by a question and answer session where Shri Mohanty answered to the queries of the students. He lauded the students for an encouraging response. In one of the query, he said that, “We are adopting the Best Practices from across the World and have initiated the User-Friendly Desk followed by Scotland Yard”. He also spoke about the difficulties faced by Police and advised the students to become Law abiding citizens. He talked about the steps taken by the department like organizing awareness camps, open meetings, campaign through schools, websites etc, to save the people from the Blues Whale and subsequently the Momo game.

Chairman Dr. Bijoy K Sahoo congratulated the Police department for the great initiative and suggested to initiate a student-police connect starting from SAI International School, to train students in lines of a Police Officer as it is done for National Cadet Corps.

In a bid to sensitise school children on Police department and help them to wipe away the fear for Police from their mind, the Police Commissionerate has initiated the ‘Know your Police’ campaign. School students are invited to get a guided tour of their nearby Police Station and gain a first-hand knowledge on policing. They are also encouraged to ask questions and briefed on penal provisions and made familiar to terms like Station Dairy, FIR, Charge-Sheet, Final Report and Court Trail.

SAI Scouts & Guides observe World Hepatitis Day

“There is growing need to make people aware of the severity of the disease in the region. People need to be extra careful, as it is one of the regions where infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is common.” – Dr R.S. Verma

The Scouts and Guides students of SAI International School were part of the Observance of World Hepatitis Day, conducted by the Odisha State Bharat Scouts and Guides at their State Headquarter Office. The theme for the year was, ‘Eliminate Hepatitis – Find the Missing Millions’, which aimed at identifying the infected people who were not aware of their condition.

Several events were conducted to spread awareness about the disease. Dr Manoj Kumar Sahu, Head of Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Diseases at the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and SUM Hospital, shared with the students various facts about the dreaded disease as well as briefed them about its prevention.

Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister for Tourism and Culture spoke on the importance of creating an elaborate public awareness campaign to curb the spread of the disease. Secretary of Bharat Scouts and Guides Ram Murti Dora also spoke at the event. Among others present were Shri Tejeswar Parida, Chairman of Odisha Khadi and Gramodyog Board, Prof Gangadhar Sahu, Dean, IMS and SUM Hospital.

Later on, nineteen students of SAI took part in an awareness rally held from State Headquarter Office of Bharat Scouts and Guides to Ram Mandir. The day is organised every year to educate, shield and treat individuals and their family members who are victim to viral Hepatitis.