February 12, 2011

Mumbai kids vie for the trophy of Bayer Battle Making Science Make Sense 2011

160 students of Class V and VI from across 20 city schools battled it out in a fiercely contested science challenge in IIT Powai, Mumbai

Mumbai, February 12, 2011: Bayer’s school education initiative, Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) 2011, was brought to a conclusion today at IIT Powai, Mumbai. The competition saw kids from Class V and VI enthusiastically against each other while having fun. The teams of Class V from Hiranandani Foundation School Thane, Ramniranjan Podar School, Santa Cruz and Bombay Scottish, Powai and the teams of Class VI from Maneckji Copper school, Podar International School, Nerul and Gopal Sharma School (ICSE), Powai were declared the proud winners of Battle MSMS 2011. This year the contest was designed on the lines of a ‘Real world market’ and the teams were picked based on their ability to conceptualize, design, invent, innovate and sell solutions to the given problem statement. This encouraged participants to think out of the box and come up with new and unique ideas. What was different here that children had a chance to simulate real life problems and develop feasible solutions. All participants were felicitated with a Certificate of Participation.

 

 

Mr.Stephan, Country Group Head, Bayer in India with winners from Hiranandani School, Thane - Class V Zoom image
Mr.Stephan, Country Group Head, Bayer in India with winners from Hiranandani School, Thane - Class V

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Guest, Stephan Gerlich, Country Head, Bayer in India said, “Making Science Make Sense is all about giving an opportunity to young kids to enjoy and learn science through fun activities. With Battle MSMS, we aim to make the process of studying science interesting and ensuring that students get enthused to pursue it in their higher studies.“ He further added, “Bayer is a research-based company and it is always our endeavour to promote science education amongst children and the youth. “


More about the event:

This year the battle was framed within a model of a real world market place. The students were given a problem statement. They were then taken to a make-shift market place setup and given access to various materials and limited virtual currency that could be used to purchase materials and create a model as per the problem statement. The last step of the whole activity was selling the project made to a Company. The participants were finally judged on mechanism, structure, materials and optimization.


About Battle MSMS

Battle MSMS is the culmination of Bayer’s MSMS (Making Science Make Sense) program. This is an inter-school contest wherein students who have earlier attended the MSMS sessions get a chance to compete with each other for the Battle MSMS trophy. Each school is represented by four teams (two students per team) from Class V and VI respectively (total of 8 students per school).

 

Mr.Stephan, Country Group Head, Bayer in India with winners from Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu - Class VI Zoom image
Mr.Stephan, Country Group Head, Bayer in India with winners from Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu - Class VI

About MSMS

As a science and research based company with major businesses in health care, nutrition and innovative materials, Bayer has a strong stake in helping to improve science education and to ensure that all individuals are scientifically literate. Bayer runs the Making Science Make Sense program with the aim of making the process of studying science interesting and ensuring that students get enthused to pursue it in their higher studies. Bayer India conducts MSMS in association with Mexus Education, a Mumbai based education consultancy firm that specializes in imparting tailor made solutions to schools and corporate houses, towards scientific learning, keeping in mind educational technology as well as curriculum development.

 

Students compete at Battle MSMS 2010-11 Zoom image
Students compete at Battle MSMS 2010-11

Launched in India in 2007, Making Science Make Sense was conducted for class five & six in four leading schools in Mumbai. It is in these years that students get introduced to science as a full fledged subject of studies. During the academic year 2010-11, 20 schools were covered under the MSMS program, namely Podar International School, Nerul; Delhi Public School, Nerul; DAV, Thane; Billabong High International School, Thane; Smt. Sulochana Devi Singhania School, Thane; Hiranandani Foundation School, Thane; Little Flower School, Thane; Christ Church School, Byculla; St’ Xavier’s, Fort; Don Bosco, Matunga; Bombay Scottish, Mahim; Bombay Scottish, Powai; S.M. Shetty School, Powai; Gopal Sharma (ICSE), Powai; Gopal Sharma (SSC), Powai; Ramniranjan Podar School, Santacruz; Maneckji Cooper, Juhu; Bombay Cambridge School, Andheri (E); Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Dahisar and Rustomjee International School (SSC), Dahisar. Over 2500 children enjoyed the learning experience through live demonstrations, experiments and interactive sessions. Bayer plans to scale up the program to reach many more schools in the future.

Founded originally 1995 in the United States, Bayer is today implementing Making Science Make Sense activities in ten countries worldwide: the US, Colombia, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

 

About Mexus

Bayer has partnered with Mexus Education Pvt. Ltd. for the Making Science Making Sense project. Mexus, formerly known as Axiom Education, is a leading innovative education solutions provider for the K-12 segment (kindergarten to 12th grade) that specializes in imparting tailor made solutions to schools and corporate houses, towards scientific learning, keeping in mind educational technology as well as curriculum development.

 

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. The company’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time Bayer creates value through innovation, growth and high earning power. The Group is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In fiscal 2009, Bayer employed 108,400 people and had sales of €31.2 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to €1.7 billion, R&D expenses to €2.7 billion. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.
 

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