Innovation Lab – 2020

Dear Josephite, we recently concluded the Innovation Lab programme for Std 8 and Std 11 students across SJBHS and Christel House. This year’s projects focused on social issues, environment and sustainability as well as food security and nutrition. This programme was also supported by various alumni, both in the capacity of mentors and coordinators. The students went through 3 months of brainstorming, refining their solutions and presenting their ideas to a panel of judges. Please find below reports of both the Std 8 and Std 11 Labs for further information.

Std 8 Innovation Lab 2020

 Nothing can stop the spirit of innovation, especially when we have bright young minds putting their best foot forward to make the world a better place. Young Josephites, who are not only endowed with values but also filled with incomparable knowledge of technology have made a mark by participating in the SJBHS Std 8 Innovation Lab 2020.

 Even though we had to face the consequences of COVID-19, we never gave up and made sure we conducted the kick-off session, that too online! This was only made possible by technology and the coordination of the teachers and the mentors with the judges, organising committee, students and the evaluators. Mr Vijay Nazareth, the Architect of the Programme, has invested all his time in making this event a huge success. Each team was added in an individual WhatsApp group with their respective mentors and student mentors. The team members held meetings with the student mentors and the mentors using various online platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet etc.

 We faced some hardships such as internet connection problems, lack of communication (sometimes the participants do not come online and miss important information/meetings) multiple logouts (which forces them to miss some pieces of information), lag in audio and many more, but we still overcame these hardships as the teammates efficiently coordinated between themselves and jotted down the points, so that the others could benefit from it. This represents quality teamwork and collaboration.

This year however came in a new addition, the concept of student mentors. Several of the participants of last year’s Innovation Lab wanted to join this year’s edition, so to allow for their participation, it was very kind of Vijay Sir to give them a different role as Student Mentors to guide their teams not only beneficial to the teams but also to the student mentors which gave them a different set of skills and they got to see a different side of the lab.

 The lab kicked off with a motivating presentation on 2nd September which instilled the enthusiasm of the Lab even more into the various participants and inspired them into choosing their course towards the completion of the Lab. The presentation gave a wide variety of suggestions for topics on which students could base their projects on, along with this the participants were also explained about the objectives of the Lab and the various deliverables.

 The Lab started strong with 7 teams (around 44 participants) as we sailed through 6 deliverables and many case studies that brought a great amount of value and learning to the students’ minds.

 The team of judges included Ms Reshmi Iyer (also the teacher-in-charge), Mr Rajat Roy Choudhury (Josephite from 1978 batch) and Mr Vijay Alphonse (Josephite from 1990 batch).  The moderator was Mr Samir Stewart (Josephite from 1989 batch). The Teacher in Charge, Mrs Reshmi Iyer, served as the backbone of the whole process as she made sure that nothing goes wrong along with the efficient flow of the event. We would also like to thank the mentors (Mr. Arfath Pasha, Mr. Pradeep Menon, Mr. Girish Satya, Mr. Darshan Krishnappa, Mr. Jonathan Menezes, Mr. Praveen Rodrigues, and Mr. Jyotinath Ganguly) and the student mentors (Sudeep Xavier Roche, S.B. Karthik,  Samay K.S., Jeet Monani, Siddharth M Kothari, Veer Bhandary and Karan Jain) to invest their time in helping the participants in their journey by giving them  tips and bringing the participants’ innovative ideas to new heights throughout the event. Mr. Lloyd Lobo also helped us by leading the case study discussions.

 Innovation Lab 2020 enriched with the values of Teamwork, Creativity, Originality and Critical Thinking also awarded the students with various accolades for the same.

Overall WinnersTeam 3 (Winners) Team Members: Naman Agarwal, Ashrith Puppala, Pujan Jain, Venkat Rangan S.R, A. Meeth Singhvee, Nidhish G. Parekh

Team 1 and 2 (First RunnerUp)  

Team 1: Aston D’Souza       Reehan Joseph Mathews  Francesco Deon D’Souza       Anubhav Anand  

Team 2: Abhyuday Kiran Hadal, Adithya Unni Krishnan, R.Yug Lunawat, Stavya Bangalore
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Team 3 (Winners)
Team Members: Naman Agarwal, Ashrith Puppala, Pujan Jain, Venkat Rangan S.R, A. Meeth Singhvee, Nidhish G. Parekh

Team 1 (First Runner Up)
Team Members: Aston D’Souza Reehan Joseph Mathews, Francesco Deon D’Souza, Anubhav Anand

Team 7 (Second Runner Up) Team Members: J. Joshua Theophilus, Aymen Hussain, Masoom Abbas, Adit Rebello
Originality & CreativityTeam 3 (Winners)
Team Members: Naman Agarwal, Ashrith Puppala, Pujan Jain, Venkat Rangan S.R, A. Meeth Singhvee, Nidhish G. Parekh

Team 1 (First Runner Up)
Team Members: Aston D’Souza, Reehan Joseph Mathews, Francesco Deon D’Souza, Anubhav Anand

Team 7 (Second Runner Up)
Team Members: J. Joshua Theophilus, Aymen Hussain, Masoom Abbas, Adit Rebello
Teamwork & CollaborationTeam 3 (Winners)
Team Members: Naman Agarwal, Ashrith Puppala, Pujan Jain, Venkat Rangan S.R, A. Meeth Singhvee, Nidhish G. Parekh

Team 2 (First Runner Up)
Team 2: Abhyuday Kiran Hadal, Adithya Unni Krishnan, R.Yug Lunawat, Stavya Bangalore

Team 1 (Second Runner Up)
Team 1: Aston D’Souza, Reehan Joseph Mathews, Francesco Deon D’Souza, Anubhav Anand

 This edition of Innovation Lab, we had the privilege to collaborate with Christel House.  Christel House transforms the lives of impoverished children around the world—breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society. The mission of Christel House is to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. A Christel House Learning Centre is a place for children to grow, to develop and to achieve dignity and success.  The Innovation Lab for both the schools were going on simultaneously.

 The case studies included various topics such as the study on single-use plastics with Mr. Arfath Pasha as the moderator, composting and global warming with Mr. Lloyd Lobo as the moderator, rainwater harvesting with Mrs. Marianne de Nazareth as the moderator, mental health with Ms. Shama Parkhe as the moderator, food security and nutrition with Mr. Vijay Nazareth and Mr. Sundar Kuppuswamy as co-moderators, and gender bias in STEM with Ms. Akhila Jayaram as the moderator. These moderators have invested their precious time in making the case study part of the event a major success. Due to these case study discussions and the points given by the moderator thereby making the answers more descriptive and in-depth.  The discussions of the case studies were enlightening and illuminating. We had lengthy discussions on the individual WhatsApp groups, with evaluators having special expertise in topics of the case studies.

 The old boys and girls put in a lot of hard work and commitment to make this possible, giving the young innovators a stage to display their thoughts and futuristic ideas. Many obstacles came in our way but we did not give up, we made it through as one…as a Family. Overall, this year’s Innovation Lab which had double learning, as well as enjoyment, became a success.

Jeet Monani, Siddharth M Kothari & Veer Bhandary

Std 9 Student Mentors

Std 11 Innovation Lab

“What is now proved was only once imagined”, said William Blake. It is with this spirit that enthusiastic students from the ISC batch embarked on the 1st edition of the Std 11 Innovation Lab.

Following an online kick-off session, they were allocated to teams and encouraged to innovate within the themes of this year’s Lab: societal impact of Covid-19, bias in society, healthcare, environment & sustainability and food security & nutrition.

The Lab was spearheaded by Old Boy Vijay Nazareth, while the coordinating team comprised of ex-ISC students Akhila Jayaram, Lisa Brito, Prinson Pais and Lloyd Lobo. The mentors supporting the students also comprised of a majority of ex-ISC students namely, Roshni Gera, Nikita, Philip George, Deepika Chandresh, Ankita Jain, Ramya Parthasarathi along with more senior Old Boys Sanjay Balan and Veekshith Rai.

The participating students followed a rigorous schedule from October-December where they settled upon a social issue to solve and went through a number of steps including arriving at possible solutions and discussing how they would go about implementing the same. To achieve the objectives, teams had to effectively communicate with each other, manage their time well and apply their problem solving skills.

Their experience with first-hand innovation was also supported through a range of case studies coordinated by Lloyd Lobo. They were exposed to a wide variety of topics including rainwater harvesting, addressing bias in society for differently-abled individuals, mental health, data analytics in food security, countering gender bias in STEM fields and global warming. During these sessions, they posed thought-provoking questions to the moderators and have even gone on to form panels to drive action in the school and local communities.

Following completion of the programme, they presented to a panel of judges consisting of  Mr. Meenakshi Sundaram, Dr. Marianne Nazareth, Mr. MD Ramaswami and Ms. Mahithi Bharatesh. The judges were highly appreciative of the innovative as well as pertinent solutions that the students had come up with in such a short time. The winners were then announced as follows:

Creativity and Originality PrizeWinners:
Chavi Jain (11 C)
Edlyn Grace Jacob (11 A)
Tia Chouhan (11 C)
Sania Sabu (11 C)
Serena D’souza (11 A)

1st Runners up:
Priyansh Surana (11 A)
Sidrah Saif (11 A)
Samuel Infant David (11 B)
Michael Rayan (11 A)
Diya S (11 A)  
Deena Siddharth Bandi  (11 A)
Megha AJ (11 A)
Sanjana R (11 A)
Harsh (11 B)
V S Vishwas (11 A)
Daivik (11 A)
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking PrizeWinners:
Priyansh Surana (11 A)
Sidrah Saif (11 A)
Samuel Infant David (11 B)
Michael Rayan (11 A)
Diya S (11 A)

1st Runners up:
Deena Siddharth Bandi  (11 A)
Megha AJ (11 A)
Sanjana R (11 A)
Harsh (11 B)
V S Vishwas (11 A)
Daivik (11 A)
Team Work and Collaboration PrizeWinners:
Priyansh Surana (11 A)
Sidrah Saif (11 A)
Samuel Infant David (11 B)
Michael Rayan (11 A)
Diya S (11 A)
Khyathi Jain (11A)
Labdhishree Tater (11 A)
Harshit Goel (11 A)
Arjab Sinha (11 A)
Mohammed Faisal (11 A)
Ikjot Sehgal (11 C)

1st Runners up:
Deena Siddharth Bandi (11 A)
Megha AJ (11 A)
Sanjana R (11 A)
Harsh (11 B)
V S Vishwas (11 A)
Daivik (11 A)
Shaun Thomas Shajan (11 A)
Tarun Paul Robins (11 C)
T.R.Puneet (11 A)
Ryan G Arakkal (11 A)
Aaron Jerome Augustine (11 A)
Best PresentationWinners:
Priyansh Surana (11 A)
Sidrah Saif (11 A)
Samuel Infant David (11 B)
Michael Rayan (11 A)
Diya S (11 A)

1st Runners up:
Chavi Jain (11 C)
Edlyn Grace Jacob (11 A)
Tia Chouhan (11 C)
Sania Sabu (11 C)
Serena D’souza (11 A)

2nd Runners up:
Lishika A (11 B)
Roshni Olga (11 A)
Syed Wahaj Hassan (11 A)
Rumsha Fatima (11 B)
Chethana V Jain (11 C)
Innovation Lab 2020 Overall WinnersWinners:
Priyansh Surana (11 A)
Sidrah Saif (11 A)
Samuel Infant David (11 B)
Michael Rayan (11 A)
Diya S (11 A)

1st Runners up:
Deena Siddharth Bandi (11 A)
Megha AJ (11 A)
Sanjana R (11 A)
Harsh (11 B)
V S Vishwas (11 A)
Daivik (11 A)