Three exciting days, an event to remember and cherish, first time in Pune and probably in India. A quiz devoted entirely to Earth Sciences. Keenly contested and sincerely applauded. Meticulously planned and brilliantly executed – from the preparation of questions to the hosting of the event.
After a very successful Geo-week 2017 celebration, the Centre for Education & Research in Geosciences conducted an Earth Science based Inter-School Quiz contest – GEOQUEST 2018 under its ‘Geoscience for All’ initiative.
The event was held for 3 days from 2nd – 4th February 2018 by CERG in association with AISSMS’s Shri Shivaji Preparatory Military School, Pune and conducted in their large and spacious Assembly Hall.
In all 16 schools each consisting of a team of three young, bright and enthusiastic students participated in the elimination rounds. Of these the top eight schools made it to the qualifier round. The competition for the top eight was very intense. Two rounds of tie-breakers for the eight position. A nail biting finish. Finally St. Vincent’s High school manages to break through in the keenly contested tie-breaker to make it to the top eight and eventually to the top four
Of the eight schools, the top four schools – Army Public School – Dighi, St. Vincent’s High School, Army Public School – Pune and Global Indian International School, Chinchwad vied for the top honours. In the keenly contested and low scoring final, Global Indian International School, Chinchwad emerged as winners followed by Army Public School – Pune as runners-up.
Prof (Dr) Sharad. N. Rajaguru, former Director of the Deccan College, Pune, Prof Ajit Vartak, Geologist and former Professor at N. Wadia College, Pune, Mr. Hrushikesh Shinde of SSPMS School and Dr. Sudha Vaddadi of CERG graced the prize distribution ceremony and gave away the awards to the winning teams.
All this, made possible only due to the enthusiasm, effective communication, excellent coordination, brilliant team work of the very energetic, hardworking and dedicated team. Over 600 questions were generated by the Question Bank team members – Dipal Jain, Aishwarya Ghole & Mugdha Chimote. These questions went through three rounds of Quality checks before they were finalised and used for the competition. The technical aspects like projection, buzzers and other stuff was ably managed by Sahib Singh Virdi with support from Vikrant Gupta. Nitin Sundesha, Danish Khan and Shamim provided the sourcing support for various items from printing to buying the refreshments. The other team members – Preeta Vijaykumar, Sakshi Maheshwari, Ipsita Roy, Abhilash Sen, Prohelika Dalal and Himanshu Gaikwad provided the much-needed support. Pradeep Chellappan provided overall guidance and support to the team.
It would be amiss not to mention the support provided by the Management, Principal, Staff members and non-teaching staff of Shri Shivaji Preparatory Military School, Pune. The event would not have been possible without their whole-hearted support.
We have indeed set a benchmark for others and more importantly for ourselves. Two such major events organised and executed in a short span of four months – difficult to achieve but achieved.
We now look forward to our next event and greater challenges in our quest to raise awareness about Earth Sciences.