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A trophy and a visit to NASA

National Public School, Indiranagar, Bangalore, wins national-level Jack Kilby Science and Technology Quiz



WHIZKIDS: The team from NPS Indiranagar, flanked by the runners-up, the quiz master, Ochinthya Sharma, Bobby Mitra, MD, Texas Instruments, India, and Sylvia Subbaiah of the TI India Foundation

National Public School, Indiranagar, Bangalore, won the first national-level `Jack Kilby Science and Technology Quiz' conducted by Texas Instruments (India) Pvt. Ltd., the Indian arm of Texas Instruments Inc., in partnership with the Karnataka Quiz Association (KQA). The school faced stiff competition in the contest held at the Sriram Centre for Art and Culture, Safdar Hashmi Marg, New Delhi.

The winning team of Sriharsha V. Bhat and Mayukh Samanta walked away with the Texas Instruments trophy and the much coveted all-expense paid trip to NASA, Houston and the Texas Instruments Advanced Semiconductor Fabrication Facility at Dallas.

This is the first time that the Jack Kilby Science and Technology Quiz has been extended beyond Bangalore, into Chennai and New Delhi. Regional rounds were conducted in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi prior to the national finals.

The Quiz has been an annual feature in Bangalore since 2003.

A total of 135 teams participated in the Delhi round. There was overwhelming response at other centres as well with participation from 516 teams in Chennai and 417 teams in Bangalore.

"The growing calibre of the students' year on year has made us constantly raise the bar to challenge these bright young minds and foster in them the spirit of enquiry in science and technology. They truly are representative of the world class talent that Bangalore is known for," said Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra, Managing Director of Texas Instruments (India) Pvt. Ltd, while giving away the prizes. V. Sreevatsan and V. Prashant of SRDF Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Chennai, were placed second.

G. Sidharth and Shubham Prakhar of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram, Delhi, came third. They were awarded trophies and certificates.

Some of the prizes won included robotic kits, merit awards, digital cameras and telescopes keeping in line with the quiz's objective of spreading innovation. The quiz was conducted by Ochintya Sharma from The Karnataka Quiz Association.

PRAMILA R.

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