School students bag awards for best papers

Students of Bharathidasanar School won the best paper award at the graVITas 2018 on Sunday.  

Clad in blue school uniform, a group of seven school students were seated in the audience during the valedictory function of graVITas 2018. Everyone mistook them for winners of some painting or oratorical competition. But the students from a school in Arakonnam turned out to be winners of the Best Paper award submitted during the international conference on innovative and emerging technologies for farming – Energy and Environment, Water.

The conference was held as part of graVITas and researchers submitted papers. Of them, seven students from Bharatidasanar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Arakonnam, won the Best Paper award.

“A total of 143 scholars from India and abroad took part in the conference. This is the first time school students were allowed to participate. The judges felt theirs was the best paper,” K. Devendranath Ramkumar, convener of the fest.

Three girl students studying in Class IX — H. Kavya, S.S. Nivetha and R. Amrithavarshini — won the award for their paper on IoT (Internet of Things) -based pest monitor and control in crops. Four boys studying in Class VIII won the award for their paper on IoT-based monitoring and control in agriculture.

“Using IoT we can identify the minute sound made by pest and then sprinkle pesticide on the exact position of the pest instead of the whole plant,” said Ms. Nivetha, speaking to The Hindu. Similarly, using IoT devices the requirement of the plant can be understood and requisite water can be provided. The students are eager to further their research.

“A company called BCTLabs has set up a lab in our school and we carry out projects in Robotix and other research areas. Due to our teachers’ encouragement we took part in the competition. The concept we have mentioned in our paper has been tested in our lab ,” said Ms. Nivetha, who wishes to become a doctor

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