Friday, January 28, 2011

Inventure Academy Math and Science fair 2011

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The Math and Science Fair 2011 put up by students of Inventure Academy on January 28th  in the school campus was indeed a collage of knowledge that each student from grade 1 to 9 put on display. From puzzle with dominos and generating electricity from vegetables to how to create a dry volcano and  detect the soil is acidic or base, the students worked hard to put up an impressive show. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chase your Big dreams- Dr Sunita Maheshwari

Chase your dreams and success will follow……
These words carry much weight when it comes from a person who is among the 18 innovative entrepreneurs selected and invited by the US President Barack Obama’s team to meet him during his recent visit to India. To have her speak to our students about her dreams and how she realised them was indeed a privilege and an inspiration.

Dr Sunita Maheshwari, a renowned pediatric (child) cardiologist was amongst the students of Inventure Academy on January 25, 2011 to guide them on how to dream big and never give up!

“Work, together with passion gives you pleasure and eventually money; but work done just for money may or may not have the same returns, so have dreams and you can make them come true eventually, in spite of temporary failures coming your way, ” she urged our middle and senior school students at a guest lecture

Dr Maheshwari has set up India’s first and largest teleradiology company, Teleradiology Solutions, an IT healthcare organization in 2002 which provides diagnostic reports to patients all over the world.

Dr Maheshwari is a parent of Adil Kalyanpur and Alisha Kalyanpur at Inventure Academy. We appreciated Dr Maheshwari’s own journey to success and are proud to have her as part of the Inventure family.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Indian Education: Comfort in Mediocrity

 "...To attend a classroom in India is usually to fall asleep. Classes are conducted in a monotone from notes that are frayed with long use and remain unchanged for decades. Questions are discouraged, and the pupils very soon understand that their teacher anyway knows little of the subject besides what he or she is reading out to them, hence they stay silent. That is, if there are teachers at all. While a few states (in the south and west) have teachers in almost all schools, in other parts of the country about a fifth of government schools remain without teachers for long stretches of time. Often, a single teacher takes multiple classes and several subjects, to the forfeit of quality...."

Excerpt from an article by M D Nalapat. To read the full article click

M.D. Nalapat became India's first professor of geopolitics in 1999 at Manipal University in India's Karnataka state. Since 1992,he has held that Wahabbism-Khomeinism and authoritarianism are the twin threats faced by the international community and that the "unified field" of terrorism mandates a similar response. In 2003, he partnered with JINSA in organizing the first of four annual India-Israel-U.S. Conferences. Professor Nalapat, who first put forward the idea of forming an "Asian NATO," believes that Israel, India, Turkey and Singapore form part of the "Extended West", rather than an "extended Middle East", and that the countries in this group need to work in concert to promote prosperity, democracy and freedom from terror.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Inventure Academy pupil tops state in Titan Genius Competition

If Mathematics is the queen of science, then arithemetic is the queen of mathematics, which underlines the fundamental importance of arithmetic in all of science. But the role of arithmetic goes way beyond science or engineering or technology and indeed encompasses the whole of human life.

Nihaal George, a grade 7student of Inventure Academy made us proud by standing first in the Titan Genius Kidz National Arithmetic Competition, statewide.  The School Level Results are as follows:

Sub Junior
Winner : Rishub Vinod Podar
Runner up: Vishwanatha Mallampooty

Winner : Nihaal George ( State First - Rank)
Runner up: Kartik Chandra

Winner: Rohan Desai
Runner up: Alisha Kalyanpur

The competition was held on October 30th 2010. The national, state and district level awards will be distributed at an awards ceremony in the second week of January.

For more details please click below:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Art by Inventure Academy's 5th Grader

Pots by Samhita Ramji-Grade 5B

United World by Samhita Grade 5B
Sketch of a rose-by Smahita Ramji Grade 5B

Inventure Academy's student wins the South Zone Sub Junior Golf meet

Challenges excite students of Inventure Academy and I am no exception. I was eagerly waiting for the South Zone Junior / Sub Junior Open Golf Tour, held at Trivandrum Golf Club, Kawdiar held from December 17th to 19th 2010.

The trip was great and the experience enriching as the golf course was very tricky and challenging. The icing on the cake was my win in Cat B (U- 15) and Cat A-B (U-18). While I stood 1st South Zone Sub Junior category, I secured 2nd Runners up position in South Zone Junior category.

My scores were as follows:

HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL

PAR 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 36 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 36 72
DAY 1 5 6 5 4 4 6 5 4 5 44 5 5 5 4 4 7 5 3 7 45 89
DAY 2 3 4 6 6 5 7 6 4 6 47 7 6 5 6 4 7 6 5 5 51 98

I am thankful to be a part of Inventure Academy and the sports teachers who train us year round and keep us fit.

Ahaan Bharadwaj
Grade 8B

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sleep- Why tennis players need it by Dr Sunita Maheshwari

How often do tennis players do 500 rallies, 1000 skips, 200 serves and then come home and watch TV until midnight? And then wake up in 5 hours to begin the routine all over again ?

How often have you 'crashed all day' on a holiday 'making up your sleep'?

Sleep is one of the most under-studied, undervalued. Kids fight it, teenagers feel they don't need it, adults are so busy handling the stresses of life that they don't use it used to help muscles grow.

Anabolic hormones such as growth hormones are secreted preferentially during sleep which help with overall growth. Tennis players need to grow...height for serve, muscle mass for stroke power. So, sleep is of the essence.

Interestingly, children who get enough sleep also find it easier to focus on school work. Their memory tends to be better, they grasp concepts faster. All this for tennis players is essential as they have limited time periods in which to do homework and school work catch up.
Interestingly too much sleep is also hazardous and there appears to be an ideal number of hours of sleep that one needs.

Age Average amount of sleep per day

3-5 years 11-13 hours

5-12 years 9-11 hours

Adolescents 9-10 hours

Adults 7-8 hours

Recent studies in adults, publicised in the medical community, have shown that 7-8 hours of sleep reduces blood pressure. Interestingly people who are sleep deprived take time losing weight..

In children the sleep is even more important - it is during sleep that muscles rest and the bones and muscles grow.Food consumed during the day is converted to protien which helps the muscles grow. Anabolic hormones such are as growth hormones are secreted preferentially during sleep which help with overall growth.

So start puuting your kids( and yourself) to sleep early. You will need to stop TV by 7 pm (you can turn it on once they have slept!!) and change your lifestyle to be able to give them their dinner earlier. If they haven't completed their homework, keep it for the morning.

Don't try to teach them at 10 pm, they will not retain anything and will just land up being sleep deprived leading to further lack of concentration the next morning.

On school nights:

1)Feed your kids dinner early ie by 7-7.30 pm, have them wash their feet and brush their teeth

2) Lights and TV and all noise except soft soothing music off by 8-8.30pm.

3) A nice oil leg message may help in-duce the zzzzzzzzzzz time or a cosy

cuddle in bed!

Contributed by Sunita Maheshwari , a parent of Alisha ( Grade 8) and Adil Kalyanpur ( Grade 5) of Inventure Academy.

Sunita is a US Board certified Pediatric Cardiologist who did her training at Osmania Medical College and then at Yale University in the US. She was the winner of the 'Young Clinician Award' from the American Heart Association and the 'Best Teacher Award' at Yale University.

She was Head of Department at Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore for a decade. She was nominated one of the Top 20 women achievers in medicine in India in 2009