How to inspire children to share their own ideas? Agastya became involved with Jignyasa in 2010, a statewide competition in Karnataka for children to compete in one group and teachers in another to make models. In 2014 the competition grew to the national level, and twelve states participated. Jignyasa has the objective of fostering scientific curiosity and creativity among students, and providing a platform to exhibit and share their knowledge and passion for science through interaction with their peers. Jignyasa means one’s inner urge to learn, which was certainly evident in the many innovative models that resulted.
Born out of the success of Jignyasa, Synopsys India partnered with Agastya for the Anveshana Science Fair, with the goal of developing innovation and fostering creativity in students from Karnataka. In February 2012, the statewide project created teams in which two engineering students were paired with two high school students to share their expertise and lend their knowledge, for a cross-pollination of ideas. Together the teams worked to solve a problem on a topic selected. The first year, the older students came from thirty-six engineering schools and colleges across Karnataka. The success of that pilot program has led to an annual event, which has now expanded to Andhra Pradesh.