The Dhaka Divisional Finale of IGNITE -- a secondary school-based science competition -- took place at the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in the capital on May 30. Showcasing 140 projects and participation of 1200 students, the divisional finale of the campaign was a grand success.
Students from 31 schools -- both Bangla and English medium -- started gathering at the venue from early morning with their projects. The projects were so outstanding that it was difficult for the judges to select the winners.
The young minds demonstrated their scientific talents in three categories: Discover Science, Idea Flight and Imagine the Future. Discover Science, a 40-minute MCQ quiz, was open for the students of classes VI-VIII, while the students of classes VI-VIII and IX-X prepared concept papers for Idea Flight in two categories. And Imagine the Future featured science and technology-based projects from the students of classes IX-X.
The prize giving ceremony started in the afternoon in presence of the participants, their guardians, judges and representatives of organisers, Grameenphone and The Daily Star. Principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Monju Ara; IGNITE Project Coordinator, Dr. Farseem M. Mohammedy; Managing Editor of The Daily Star, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed; Head of Corporate Communication of GP, Syed Tahmeed Azizul Haq; and Head of Communications of GP, Marcus Adaktusson, were present at the prize giving ceremony.
Tahzeeb Rahman Alvi, a 7th grader from St. Joseph Higher Secondary School topped in Discover Science category, while Aniruddha Chowdhury and SM Taufique from Mastermind School won the top prize in Idea Flight (junior) category with their project “Jarvis”. Mobile Control Rescue Robot by Shakti Banik of BNM Public School and Smart Voltage Multiplier by Arian Ashfaq of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School jointly won in the Idea Flight (senior) category. Anogh Zaman and Zafreen Sultana of Aga Khan School secured the first place in Imagine the Future category with “Evolution of Mind”.
In his speech, Farseem M. Mohammedy said, “There are many interesting projects which say you are passionate and enthusiastic about science and technology. The delight you get from reading and learning science is your main reward.”
Syed Tahmeed Azizul Haq said, “Those who participated in this competition will likely shine in the future. GP wants to make science popular among school students and we thank The Daily Star for partnering with us. We would like to thank VNSC authority as well for their cooperation.”
Marcus Adaktusson said, “We have a vision to empower society through internet for all. We believe internet has the power to improve life. And you will bring the change in future.”
Champions received a laptop each as the first prize, while other winners received tablets and science related books. The organisers expressed hopes of regularly arranging this type of competitions. IGNITE -- a joint initiative of Grameenphone and The Daily Star -- aims at raising interest in science among school students. So far three divisional finales have been held in Sylhet, Chittagong and Dhaka.