IRIS - 2009 : A Report

Agastya International Foundation is an NGO, which infuses and propagates creative temper in disadvantaged rural children and teachers with an vision to create a creative world.

It teaches the children in a hands-on-learning method by making learning fun, useful and accessible. It exposes them to the world through lot of programmes, one of such programme is Young Instructors. These young instructors are trained with a view to bring positive changes in India. They are exposed to other organizations and activities, such as IRIS.

IRIS – Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science is India’s largest research based science fair initiative for students. It aims to stimulate in young students a passion for the sciences and provides an educational experience through interaction with the judges and students, as well as provides a platform for the young innovators to represent in India at International fairs.

Agastya International Foundation motivated and trained the young instructors Supriya, P.Dharani Z.P.H.S Gudipalli VIII std. , Yugabargavi, S. Jyothi K.G.B.V IX Std., S. Thanga Bharath, Vasuki Vinayaka School VIII Std. , Hari Krishna, Murali Krishna Z.P.H.S Gutharlapalli IX std., A. Dharani and Varalakshmi Z.P.H.S Santhipuram IX std.,all from rural areas. These students came up with innovative ideas which were refined by our Agastya Instructors under the guidance of Mr. SRS. Rao (details in Annexure – I). These ideas were sent to IRIS in the form of Synopsis. IRIS received a pool of over 800 project entries from school students across the country. Out of these entries all the 5 project from Agastya got selected.

Young Instructors at work in Agastya Campus on their IRIS project.

IRIS National Science fair was conducted at Ahmedabad from 25th to 28th, November, 09.

25.11.09 – This was termed as a zero day. All the Young Instructors went to their stalls and displayed the project panels, project work reports and models. Evening they were taken to science city and 3-D I MAX show.

26.11.09 – Judges day. Students and guides were taken to shop talks with resource persons and Scientists. At the same time Judges were going through the projects in the absence of students and guides. After lunch judges interacted with the students at their respective stalls.

27.11.09 - Community visit. Students explained their projects to the school students and community from Ahmedabad.

28.11.09 – Judgment and prizes distribution. Out of 82 projects

- 8 projects won National awards. (5 Individual and 3 – team)
- 6 projects won Subject category awards.
- 12 won Special awards.
- Some won special mention award.


Out 5 projects guided by Agastya International Foundation, 2 won awards.

“The Best Oil and The Best Lamp” – Special award (Synopsis of project – Annexure 2)

“Conservation of Energy through Dry Leave Pads” – Special mention award ( Synopsis of project – Annexure 3)


Left: Mr. Anuj Sinha (DST) distributing Special Award.
Right: Guides with winners. Supriya & Dharni Special Awardees.

Annexure - 2

The Best Oil and The Best Lamp


From the time immemorial oil lamps have been used as a source of illumination, since fire was discovered. Still many people in developing world, especially people in remote areas and people in hilly regions depend on oil lamp for lighting.

This influenced us to under take our project “The Best Oil and The Best Lamp”. Our project aims to analyze

- Consumption rate of oils and intensity of light emitted by oils.
- Importance of capillary action.
- Develop better oil lamps.

We constructed a specially designed box fitted with Lux meter. Inside the box we placed an oil lamp and closed the box. For every 10 minutes interval we measured the intensity of light emitted from the burning oil lamp and we also studied the consumption rate of the oil. We repeated the experiment with different types of oils in lamps with similar features. Effect of Capillary action on consumption rate of oils was also studied.

So far we conducted experiments on four types of oils – Coconut, Ground nut, Sunflower and Gingelley for their consumption and intensity of light emitted. Our results showed that sunflower oil is better than other oils as it burns with uniform intensity, consume less oil and it is cost effective. Further we would like to study more on oils, thickness of the wick and different types of lamps and design an “Innovative Lamp”.


Left: Model construction
Right: Studying consumption

Annexure - 3

Cooling Effect of Dry Leaf Pad


World is facing the problem of global warming due to immense use of electronic gadgets,. Humans are damaging the world for their own comfort and wasting a lot of valuable energy to make themselves cool from hot climate. But our ancestors never used such methods. yet the houses were covered with dry leaves and grass were comparatively cool enough.
This influenced us to find better, natural way through our project “Cooling effect of dry leaves pad” and help the world to over come the global warming to certain extent.
Our project objectives are to:

- To study the dry leaves for their cooling effect over green leaves.
- Does the leaf pad can bring down the temperature inside the room.
- To suggest the best leaf pad, which has got longer life

We constructed a wooden thermal insulating box with 5 chambers, separated by wooden frames. The center chamber holds an electric bulb. The lid facilitates to hold the thermometers for measuring chamber temperature. We selected 5 types of dry leaves, recycled them and prepared the pads of uniform thickness, then using this we measured the temperature inside the chambers for every 15 minutes.


So far our results showed that Peeple dry leaf pad has more cooling effect than Kanuga, Banayan, Teak and Tabisha. Further the dry leaf chamber is cooler than green leaf chamber, this may be due to porous nature of the dry leaf, and we have to discuss this with our resource persons.

In addition to this, using a small house model, we will like to check the cooling effect of the Peeple leaf pads in direct sunlight, which enables to implement this in our daily life.