A spectacular event ignited young minds and celebrated the spirit of inquiry in the hallowed halls of learning, where knowledge meets curiosity – the APJ Abdul Kalam Quiz Championship. This quiz competition, named after India’s Missile Man and former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, was more than just a competition; it was a tribute to the visionary who inspired generations.
The school buzzed with excitement on the day of the Inter School quiz championship held on 16th October, 2023. The event was hosted by Sri Venkateshwar International School, Sector 18, Dwarka, in collaboration with SPACE India. Event was graced with the presence of Mrs. Avani Patwa (CEO, Space Technology & Education Pvt. Ltd.), and Ms. Nita Arora, Director of the Sri Venkateshwar International School.
7 schools participated in the event as:
- Sri Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka;
- ST. Martin’s Diocesan School, Delhi Cantonment;
- K. R. Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri;
- K. R. Mangalam World School, Vaishali;
- Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura;
- GD Goenka Public School, Model Town;
- Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad
The auditorium was packed with eager participants, each armed with a reservoir of knowledge and enthusiasm. Before the event registrations of the participants were completed. The event commenced with a welcome note and recognition of work done by Space India for enhancing education and grassroots. The place was ceremonially illuminated as guests gathered to light the traditional lamp, symbolizing the illumination of knowledge at the beginning of an event. In their welcome address to the audience, the principal and Chief Guest sparked a lot of excitement for the occasion. A total of 56 students participated in the quiz. The air was thick with anticipation as the quiz masters prepared to reveal a series of difficult questions that would put the young prodigies to the test.
This was followed by the group photo of the honoraries. The competition was divided into two groups: Category 1 (Class 6-7) and Category 2 (Class 8-9). Each group went through two rounds to embark on their success. The teams were named as Nebula, Lyra, Orion, Cygnus, Aquila, etc.
The first round consisted of pictorial questions, multiple-choice questions, and a buzzer round. Every question was carefully crafted to elicit critical thinking. Participants were encouraged to think, analyze, and deduce rather than simply regurgitate facts. They not only broadened their intellectual horizons, but they also learned the value of reasoning, which will serve them well in the future. After a fiercely contested first round, participants were rewarded with well-deserved refreshments to rejuvenate their energy for the subsequent challenges.
The second round included both rapid-fire and multiple-choice questions. “Name an object from space, often traveling at high velocities, collides with the surface of a celestial body,”; Comment true /False “Light travel in a straight path”? are examples of the questions asked during rapid fire round. Both rounds for each group were completed in one and a half hours, respectively. While the competition was fierce, an atmosphere of camaraderie prevailed. Participants collaborated within their teams, brainstorming ideas and debating answers. This not only encouraged teamwork but also instilled a sense of sportsmanship. Even in the face of challenging questions, the teams displayed resilience and determination, making the event a true testament to the spirit of healthy competition.
There was a noticeable sense of tension in the room as the last round got closer. After competing in fierce rounds, the finalists displayed their knowledge and light-heartedness one last time. As the quizmasters asked the final question, the audience held its breath. Proceeding on, the championship’s final results were declared. ST. Martin School prevailed in the junior division, while DPS Faridabad School triumphed in the senior division. The winning team appeared, their faces glowing with pride and a renewed sense of self-assurance, and the room broke out in cheers.
After the declaration of results, vote of thanks was delivered to the audience attending and the participants and the event was concluded. This quiz competition was transformed into a celebration of knowledge, curiosity, and the unwavering conviction that, with the correct direction and perseverance, any dream is achievable in honour of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The championship’s legacy endured as the competitors left, their hearts full of fresh inspiration and reverberating with the words of the great leader and scientist himself: “Dream, dream, dream.” Dreams become thoughts, and thoughts become deeds.”