Students of Ravindra Bharathi School (RBS) have yet again won the competition organised by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the USA for the fourth consecutive year. The results of the NASA – AMES space settlement design contest were declared on Monday. In all, five projects – three from the Dwarakanagar branch of RBS and two from Gajuwaka branch – were selected in the contest. The students of the Dwarakanagar branch got the ‘Speciality First Prize' for their project ‘Universal Trishanku Swarga' on life sciences. RBS was the only school in Andhra Pradesh to secure a first prize in the speciality category, Chairman of Ravindra Bharathi Schools M. Subrahmanyam told the media on Tuesday. The school's Dwarakanagar branch students (6th to 8th classes) bagged the second prize for their project ‘Apus' and the ‘Honourable Mention prize' for ‘Solosis'. The Gajuwaka branch secured two third prizes for their projects ‘Sirius' and ‘TOCC – 4124'. He said that as many as 3,000 projects were submitted by students of schools from 56 nations across the globe.
Mr. Subrahmanyam spoke on the efforts being made by the school to train students on extra-curricular activities apart from academics. RBS students bagged the third prize when they appeared at the NASA contest for the first time in 2009.
In 2009 – prizes, in 2011 – prizes Dean (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam branches) G.R. Vasantha said that meticulously planned curriculum and schedule, where keen interest was taken to develop varied skills among the students had helped the students in making their mark at the international competition. She said that RBS was the only school in south India to get the first prize in the contest this year. The school had sent a total of eight projects this year of which five were selected. A total of 31 students were involved in these projects. Zonal in-charge N. Venkatesh said that while most schools were content with encouraging rote learning among their students so that they score good marks in the examinations, RBS was preparing them wonderful opportunities to bring out their creativity.
The awards will be presented to the students at the International Space Development Conference to be held in Washington DC between May 24 and 28.
Five projects from RBS selected in the contest 3,000 projects were submitted by students from 56 nations
Five projects from RBS selected in the contest
3,000 projects were submitted by students from 56 nations