A Few details of the Competition:
American Psychological Association hosts global competition for top honorWhat
The 2014 World Championship of the International Brain Bee (IBB), hosted this year by the American Psychological Association at its 122nd convention. The IBB championship involves several competitive events including a neuroanatomy lab with real human brains, patient diagnosis with patient actors, microscopic study of brain tissue and cells and question-and-answer sessions. Topics include intelligence, emotion, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensation, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, addiction and brain research.Who
2014 national champions from 22 countries: Eva Wang, Australia; Eric Yoshida de Paulo, Brazil; Beatrix Wang, Canada; Yameng Zhang, China; Mara Schubert, Germany; Gayathri Muthukumar, India; Anna Pan, Italy; Ayaka Seki, Japan; Cynthia Wahito Ndegwa, Kenya; Ng Tin Wai, Macau; HwaYun Song, Korea; Nabil Husaini Mohd Kamarul Abrar, Malaysia; Avinash Singh, Nepal; Thomas Chang, New Zealand; Ihediohamma Valentine U.K., Nigeria; Kinga Panasiewicz, Poland; Dragos Casu, Romania; Al-Yasser Shaaban Kassuwi, Tanzania; Onur Özdemir, Turkey; Darya Kuzmenko, Ukraine; Rahul Kondaveti, United Arab Emirates; and Sam Pinches, Wales. The U.S. champion is Adam Elliot, of Matawan, New Jersey.When and Where
Thursday, Aug. 7-Sunday, Aug 10: The full program (PDF, 182KB) provides times and locations each day of the convention. 9-11 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 7, contestants will be available for interviews in Room 210 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 6-7 p.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 9, awards presentation, Liberty Salons N-O-P at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Ave., NW.Why
To inspire young men and women to continue their education and pursue careers in brain-related professions, according to Norbert Myslinksi, PhD, associate professor at the University of Maryland and IBB founding director.Background
The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 and has 150 chapters in 30 countries on six continents. Local coordinators conduct contests each year with winners competing in a national brain bee. The IBB is a nonprofit program of Mankind for International Neuroscience Development Inc. (MIND Inc.), based in Baltimore.
Norbert Myslinski can be contacted by email, or by phone at (410) 418-8982 (work) or (410) 274-4998 (cell).
The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.
JENESYS 2.0 - The very name of this program calls for a pun on creation, and for nine students from NPS Indiranagar, it truly did symbolise birth – the birth of a new outlook. JENESYS 2.0 is a program advanced by the Japanese government and executed by JICE (Japan International Cooperation Centre), aimed at promoting mutual understanding and friendly exchange between Japan and other countries.
This ten-day-long program began on 2nd June 2014 in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo with its skyscrapers, shrines and scientific glory (in the form of Honda’s breath-taking robot Asimo). After two days in this dynamic city, the group flew to Kochi, a town that bears resemblance to its Indian counterpart in that it too, is coastal. Bounded by the sea on one side and mountains on the other with dense forest in between, Kochi was the homely town that made the perfect location for both the high school exchange and home-stay programs. Participants explored the similarities between Japanese students and themselves (they also secretly sneak mobile phones into school) by exchanging cartoons and anime, playing traditional card games and giggling over hysterical dumb charades routines. The home-stay program was an entirely different cup of (green) tea, with Google Translate being many a student’s saviour as s/he frantically indicated towards the shower-head and toilet bowl to ask pressing questions.
Perhaps the biggest learning from the program, however, was the extent to which people shape a country. The beauty of Japan comes not from its choppy seas or untamed mountains, but from its people's hospitality.
Robofest is a robotics competition held by Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. The aim of the challenge is to get students interested in STEM subjects and careers while promoting students’ innovative and creative thinking.
Every year the organizers set up a different challenge. The playing field is dynamic with unknown factors revealed only 30 minutes before the competition, the robot must be autonomous using sensors and the teams may use any robotics system/language to design/program their robot. The application of maths, science and engineering principles helps formulate the approach and solution. Teams progress through Qualifiers, Regionals & the World Championship
This year the participants had to start from a position on the playing field revealed just before the competition, detect a tower of boxes (3 or 4 high) placed centrally on a black circle, approach the tower, catch the topmost box, measure the area of the circle, push the remaining boxes off the table and return to the starting point with the captured box. The maximum time allowed was 2 minutes.
The 8th standard NPS, Indiranagar, Bangalore team of Chaitanya Sindagi and Kartik Chandra used Lego's Mindstorms kit and programmed it in Java to solve the challenge. They measured the area of the circle using 2 parallel chords while accounting for various factors that could affect accuracy. Their robot caught the box reliably and measured the area of the circle with accuracy of 99.8% to 99.9%.
Chaitanya and Kartik qualified at the nationals that were held at Bangalore in the month of January. They then went on to participate at the international level held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Their efforts paid off when they secured the 4th place out of 30 teams from 5 countries.
Chaitanya and Kartik
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