The Data Science Club Presents at a National Conference
On October 1st 2019, under the auspices of the Data Science Club, two research papers were presented at the recently concluded National Conference on Emerging Trends, Innovations & Applications in Science & Technology, held at NCMS, Bangalore. The Aditi team comprising Varun Agrawal, Sanyu Rajakumar, and Vibha Padmanabhan, along with mentors Dr. Shailaja Sharma and Ms. Geeta Paul, participated in the conference.
The Aditi student team had been working on analyzing silk worm data collected under the “Explore: Silk Routes” project guided by Ms. Geeta Paul. Students from Std. 09 had been collecting data on how silk is produced using natural silk worms at the Central Silk Board organization. The project was part of Aditi’s initiative to get students to learn about field data collection, research methods and analysis.
Looking at the collected data, the Data Science Club team hypothesized that the number of silk worms and their distribution on the surface of a jute board may have something to do with ultimate productivity, and therefore decided to understand how distribution of silk worms on Chandranki, a local term for the jute board on which silk worms are spread, affects production.
Subsequently, the team developed an analytics approach by settling on using Cellular Automata to model the distribution and number as a function of Chandranki size. The team simulated the environment using computer simulation tools using Python programming language. From the simulations, they derived insights on the effect of number and distribution of silk worms on their survival rate, a key factor in productivity.
At the NCMS conference, Varun Agrawal and Sanyu Rajakumar presented one paper titled “Optimization of Spatial Distribution by Simulation of Silkworms on Chandranki using Cellular Automata”, and Vibha Padmanabhan presented a second paper titled “Distribution Insights into Ideal Ambient Conditions for Silk Worm Breeding”.
The attendees comprising of scholars, students and teachers applauded the research presented by the Aditi team. There were a number of pertinent and relevant questions asked by the audience, showing the interest it generated.
This was the first visible outcome of the newly formed Data Science Club, started last year at Aditi. Many more such learning and participatory activities are planned and all Aditi students are welcome to join the club. Interested members can reach out to Varun Agrawal at email@example.com.
For the Love of Science!
For Love of Science (FLOS) is a student-led initiative, formed in 2017, that endeavours to give children from lower economic backgrounds a chance to explore Science beyond their textbooks. Every month, the FLOS team, led by Sidhant Moola, goes to a Government Primary and Secondary School to teach a new lesson in science to the Grade 8 students. These presentations are complete with experiments and activities to allow the children to physically experience and relate to the theoretical concepts learnt in class.
We’ve found that children are very inquisitive and eager to learn. They are spellbound by the experiments and take part enthusiastically in the activities. From the cells of our body to chemical reactions, each lesson is taught is a manner that the child can relate to in their daily life. Our primary purpose is to foster and spread the love of science.
Collaboration and Expansion
In the summer of 2019, FLOS was all about expansion! We are now working with Royal Global School and Faculty Higher Secondary School in Guwahati, Assam to help spread the love of science to as many children as we can. The future for FLOS looks bright and we are grateful that we get to share this journey with everyone involved.
The FLOS team:
Sidhant Moola – Founder and CEO
Aryan Makhecha – COO
Shivani Gowda – Head of Internal Operations
Aryaman Neelakantan – Co-Head of PR and Photographer
Rishika Saboo – Co-Head of PR and Photographer
Jaipal Reddy – Class Organiser and Translator
Nikhil Dasgupta – Class Organiser and Presenter
Participating in the All-India Asteroid Campaign (AIASC) 2019 was a great opportunity for me to apply my interest in astronomy to a real-life data project. Organised by SPACE India in collaboration with the International Astronomical Search Campaign (IASC), the AIASC spanned a month, during which we received fifteen or so real-time raw image sets from the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. Because these image sets hadn’t yet been analysed by professional astronomers, the AIASC gave us students the rare opportunity to discover asteroids of our own. We received training on how to use Astrometrica – a software we then employed to analyse our images. Essentially, we had to rapidly flip through the images that were part of each set and search for objects that changed position over time. There were a few other caveats as well – for example, the object’s intensity data points had to fit a Gaussian curve; it could not have a widely fluctuating magnitude; and its signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) had to be above a certain threshold. Over the course of the campaign, we improved at identifying asteroid signatures and differentiating these from those of a satellite or random noise. After evaluating each image set, we sent our report to the Minor Planet Center at Harvard. When the programme drew to a close, the final list of preliminary asteroid discoveries was published by the IASC, and we were delighted to find that we had made seven novel asteroid discoveries! Overall, this experience has helped strengthen my data-analysis skills, and I think it would be a great activity for anyone who is looking to contribute to citizen science.
– by Vibha,
Std. 12 AICE
MAARG and Moana
The Std. 12 ISC Students of MAARG 2019-2020 (Mallya Aditi Animal Rights Group) Meet Wonder Canine Moana!
Three years ago, 45-day-old Moana was rescued by a 3D animator in Whitefield, who found the little puppy with crushed hind limbs after being run over by a van. She was, however, in no way crushed in spirit. Soon after, Moana came into the care of Rekha Vijaykumar, a Good Samaritan and guardian angel for rescues and strays, and has never left her home thereafter.
Moana uses a wheel cart for her hind legs and over the past three years, thanks to generous donations from well wishers, the cart has become more sophisticated. Today, Moana participates in rallies, runs and awareness programmes, bringing hope wherever she goes. Moana loves visitors and runs to greet everyone with sheer joy! Her happy nature and shining coat is testimony to the love she is surrounded by.
Every academic year, the Mallya Aditi Animal Rights Group starts its weekly activities by first paying a visit to Moana. The students always come back feeling happy, positive, hopeful and grateful. Thank you, Moana, for your friendship!
Aditi Math and Data Science Club is on the Road!
For Mathematics enthusiasts at Aditi, 2019 started off with a bang, with Aditi’s unique Math and Data Science (MADS) club going from an idea to reality within a matter of weeks. The club was officially thrown open to students by the Principal Mr. Jayarajan on Valentine’s Day – quite appropriately, in view of the boundless love for Math that was on display on the occasion!
The Aditi Math and Data Science Club is a vehicle for channelling the enthusiasm of Aditi students and teachers for Math and Statistics. Aditi has always had Math enthusiasts among its students, and many events have been organized, both by students themselves, and by the Mathematics Department, in the past. The present initiative builds on the legacy of these Math enthusiasts and events.
The Math Club had 17 sign-ups on its very first day of inception. The club is open to all students, although participation is actively solicited from Std. 09 upwards. The Math Club runs a Math Wallpaper and Whiteboard. The Wallpaper is a collection of interesting articles, anecdotes, event alerts, and trivia about Math. The Whiteboard is an open public space where students are invited to solve weekly challenge problems (Problems of the Week). These include visual problems, i.e. problems which can be studied and solved from their geometric representation, as well as abstract problems. Math Club members have their own Google group, and share documents, plans and problems via the group as well. The group is moderated by two faculty members, Dr. Shailaja D. Sharma and Ms. Ritha Vaitha.
The Data Science Group is focused on the collection and analysis of data using the latest technology and data analysis methods. Assisted and mentored by Aditi parents, Ms. Divya Agarwal and Mr. Deepak Agarwal, the club has set out its own grand vision and has begun by designing a simple survey, and making preparations to analyse the data using SAS software.
Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW)
The broad objectives of the SUPW and Community Service Programme at Aditi are aimed at the development of creative, personal, social skills and sensibilities. It follows a method of ‘recording, exploring, developing and presenting’. Students record observations, thoughts and ideas, and processes. They explore ideas and scope of media and materials. The aim is to develop a sense of environment and nature, ownership and commitment and a range of skills – media and materials; perception and understanding of art or music and its dynamics; intuitive abilities related to the chosen area of study; aesthetic sensibility and art appreciation; culinary skills and skills in process-based exploration.
The areas offered at school are animation, gardening, guitar, graphic design, print-making, pottery and ceramics, tabla and textiles. Students engage in community service at home and in the neighbourhood.
The work done over the year was displayed on 6th, 7th and 8th February, 2019 on the school premises. It was well attended and appreciated by the school community.
A Decade of ‘Young Enterprise’ at Aditi
The Young Enterprise programme at Aditi is celebrating a decade in existence. Started in 2008 as part of the Cambridge Young Enterprise programme, it continued to grow in Aditi even after the Cambridge qualification was discontinued. The student-run companies have been innovative in their choice of products, decided after indentifying a need either in school or in an urban context. The ‘Sparrow’ Company has found its way as case study in the IGCSE Enterprise book. Coffee bags, wheat-based khakra snack, bio-degradable pots, compartmentalized swimming bags have been some of the products over the years. Producing school memorabilia has been popular. These projects were showcased at an Entrepreneurship Conference in Stockholm in September 2018.
The First Company – Amaising Store 2008
The Crafting Table raises Rs. 6,700 for People for Animals
Manya and Richa from Std. 10 donated Rs. 6,700 to PFA in person. While visiting the campus, they had the privilege of seeing an Indian jackal whose rehabilitation is almost complete, and will soon be released into the wild. They also got to actually release a kite! Apart from the jungle kitten with its beautiful green eyes, they also saw “majestic barn owls, sleepy fruit bats, bashful star turtles, watchful slender lorises, and intimidating kites”. They were appalled by stories of abused snakes, and Elizabeth, the macaque monkey, who was blinded when a fruit vendor threw acid at her face.
Describing their visit, they said:
“It was a wonderful experience. We were shown around by the senior most vet, Dr. Karthik, and got to see different kinds of animals in rehabilitation, like a jackal and a jungle kitten (the kitten was adorable – it jumped up to the peephole to peer at us). We also got to touch the two snakes – a red sand boa and a ratsnake.”
Emerging more aware, and inspired to enact change, their visit to PFA was all in all a thrilling experience.
About The Crafting Table
The Crafting Table is a textile based non-profit organisation run by two 10th grade students of Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore – Manya Bharadwaj and Richa Tupe.
They handmake arts and crafts from 100% recycled or wasted materials, and sell them at exhibitions and fairs around the city. They sell textiles such as headscarves, hair ties, stoles, and decorative fabrics and coasters. These pieces of fabric were dyed during the Textiles course which is part of the High School SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) programme.
As a charity organization, they do not take any of the money they make. The proceeds will be donated to the People for Animals organisation, Bangalore. People for Animals is a licensed organisation that acts not only as an animal shelter, but also leads initiatives such as nation-wide animal rescue programs and endangered species protection.
You may visit the blog at thecraftingtablesite.wordpress.com
Mallya Aditi Aviation Club
A dedicated group of aviation enthusiasts at Mallya Aditi International School who have created a forum for other enthusiasts to take part in, as well as introduce people to the field of aviation.
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A student-run magazine – the Aditi Spectrum – headed by Sarang Mani of std 12.
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A magazine run by the 9th and 10th grade students of Mallya Aditi International School. Click here to visit >>
“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.”
Herein lies the beauty of TED, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and where not only do we get to experience these stories, but get the inspiration to cultivate them in our lives and as a part of the TED community. We are so proud to have held our third annual TEDxMAIS on December 14th, 2013. This year, we chose the theme ‘Breaking Barriers’, where we asked the speakers, from a variety of backgrounds, to speak about an obstacle that was crucial in their development, and how they managed to overcome it. Our speakers were Ramachandra Guha, the preeminent historian, Konarak Reddy, the world-renowned guitarist, Vinita Bali, the former CEO of Britannia, Anita Reddy, the phenomenal philanthropist, and Krithi Karanth, the inspirational conservation biologist. We are proud to have had such a distinguished panel of speakers covering what we feel some of the most important facets of life. As of right now, TEDxMAIS is the only high school TEDx that has managed to get its license renewed over two times in India and we want to thank Aditi and its community for all of its continued support.
India Forward, Country’s First NGO Run by Students, Funds Education of School, College Kids.