NID wins Animax Extraordinary Award  

After four-days of intense competition among 11 student teams, the team from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad bagged the ‘Animax Extraordinary Award’ at the inaugural Autodesk Panorama Asia Pacific Animation Challenge and Animation Bootcamp held in Hong Kong recently. Pratik Ghosh and Nikhil Bajpai from NID, Ahmedabad won the honour for their film, Chandrama (The Moon). They were judged on creativity, originality, motion, technical excellence, overall design and team spirit.

Eleven student teams were shortlisted to compete at the Autodesk Panorama Animation Bootcamp held at the Hong Kong Cyberport from December 11-14, 2009. They were then trained by industry professionals and Autodesk customers from Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Imagi Studio, Rhythm & Hues Studio and Rising Sun Pictures. “Panorama has given us a valuable opportunity to compete with excellent teams across the region, fine-tune our design skills and widen our horizons,” said Partik Ghosh.

Good news for CIE students
The Department of Pre-University Education in Karnataka has announced its recognition for students holding a Cambridge IGCSE qualification from the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). The ruling only means that Cambridge IGCSE students can now join any PU college in Karnataka. The regulation states that a student who has passed the Cambridge IGCSE, with a minimum of five subjects including English, is considered eligible for admission to the First Year Pre-University course of a PU college in the state.

Design students dazzle at MIT
A team of students from Bangalore’s Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology won the Best Presentation award at the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition, held recently at MIT, Masachussettes recently. At iGEM, undergraduate teams from around the world compete to build innovative genetic devices in living cells, applying synthetic biology to solve problems in areas such as environment, energy, health, and foundational research. Srishti’s team of design students included Akash Hirosh, Avni Sethi, Dhruv Nawani, Gautam Vishwanath, Krupakar Dhinakaran, Neha Bhat, Nikhil Patil, Sandeep Mathew, Sanya Rai Gupta and Upasana Simha. They were mentored by Yashas Shetty, an artist-in-residence at the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) and Navneet Rai, an NCBS PhD student. The team’s project was a unique experiment in Art-Science collaboration: to construct bacteria which would synthesise geosmin, the substance responsible for the  smell of freshly ploughed earth, or of the first monsoon rains. The team’s prize-winning presentation documented their journey of discovery, as they learned the language and techniques of the life sciences and explored its cultural, ethical, and aesthetic implications.

Bright sparks
Geethanjali Vidyalaya and its twin, Gitanjali International School, Bangalore hosted the Montessori, Science and Arts Exhibition recently. The highlight of the exhibition was a model of the Large Hadron Collider made from simple water cans, plastic tubes and magnets. Occupying an entire classroom, the complicated Cern experiment was explained in a simple and clear manner by the bright students. Most large projects, like the LHC, are collaborative efforts of students of various classes. Like every year, the Montessori exhibition showcasing the various tools and methods of Montessori education, was a big draw this year too. The Science exhibits explained concepts with simple student-made tools and included a tsunami project that was selected to participate at the CBSE’s national level science exhibition. That and the Maths project, that converted numbers to exciting puzzles, were extremely interactive and therefore popular with visitors to the exhibition.