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Greenwood High students win laurels at InnoVenture 2019

February 14, 2019

In yet another achievement at national competition, students of Greenwood High International School, Sarjapur, Bangalore bagged multiple awards at the InnoVenture competition held recently in Pune. InnoVenture, which stems from innovation and venture, is a national ideation and entrepreneurship challenge for children (4th to 9th grade). Grade 7 student Karthik Ghoshal of Greenwood High bagged the first prize for his innovative prototype while Ansh Kundu of Grade 7C and Vedant Narayanswami of Grade 6C bagged the second prize respectively.

More than 400 schools from across the country had participated in the prestigious competition out of which only 110 schools and 200 finalists competed in the finals. Beating these schools, Greenwood High was also conferred the “Most Enterprising School” award at the competition.

Students were given various real-life complex situations and were asked to provide solutions to these problems. Modern day parents often worry about their kids’ excessive expenses and are unable to keep a track of their expenditures. Karthik provided a solution to this issue by creating an app prototype called “Spent-Up” which allows parents to keep track of their child’s expenses and also allows them to set up threshold limits on these expenditures. The app takes data from bank interfaces and anyone’s expenses via net banking, ATM withdrawals and credit card expenses can be monitored and reported back to the app. The app also included several additional features such as creation of five profiles and monitoring the spendings, alerts upon reaching the threshold limits and itemized expense report for the period selected and thus was awarded the first prize in 7th grade category.

Ansh’s innovation which won the second prize in the same grade category, comprises a shelter to protect animals during floods named ‘Animal Rescue Shelter.’ Animals are often the worst victims of any kind of natural or manmade calamities. Ansh’s shelter was placed 500 metres above sea level, was 10 metre long and 40 metre wide which ensured that it did not sink during the flood. The shelter had two modern boats with two motors to increase speed, two computers connected with a satellite so that the computers could monitor the seas and oceans and check on any approaching flood.

Vedant Narayanswami who won the second prize in 6th grade category made a prototype of an app called “MyCarParker”. This app provides solutions to issues related to parking problems. The prototype explained how establishments like malls and hotels can register with the app and share the number of parking spaces available with them. When a user searches for parking space using the app, it gives the result closest to the user. An OTP is generated for verification purposes. The student also made a physical solution called “MyCarRamp”, which uses mechanical and hydraulic principles to improve the existing solution of two-level car park already in use many malls.

 Elated with the achievements of the students, Niru Agarwal, trustee, Greenwood High said, “Our school focuses on equipping students with analytical and problem-solving skills. This assists the students in developing critical thinking ability and helps them in solving complex problems. We offer rich academic as well as hands-on learning experiences which helps the students trump even the strong opponents. Achievements such as these will inspire the winners to take on greater challenges as well as other students to participate in such competitions and emerge victorious.”

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