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EVENTS - Eureka Little Creators 2016

On April 10th, 2016, the State Level Little Creators event was held in Chennai where children from districts across Tamil Nadu participated. A total of 24 teams, who won the top prizes in their respective districts, took part in this grand event. Each team consisted of 3 students, one each from classes 3rd, 4th and 5th, who divided the tasks of story writing, story drawing and story telling among themselves. The topics were selected by lot method and provided to the teams the evening before the event in order to allow them to discuss and get ideas from their team members.

A day prior to the event, the children were taken on a fun trip to Kishkintha theme park, accompanied by their teachers and Eureka SuperKidz field coordinators. The children had a great time experiencing different adventure rides and water sports to get away from Chennai’s soaring temperatures.

The event was held at Ramakrishna Mission School in T. Nagar. The day began with a briefing on the competition format by Srinivasan, ESK Project Director.

After this, the children were split up based on the story topic and sent to different classrooms to write down and illustrate their stories. The children enthusiastically discussed with each other and completed their story writing and drawings.

Once this was done, judges were sent to each room to listen to the story telling. The judges scored each aspect – writing, drawing and storytelling – individually and selected one team from each topic to go into the final round of storytelling on stage in the afternoon session.

While the judges were deep in their deliberations, the students and teachers took a break for lunch.

The post-lunch session took place at the Infosys Hall. It began with cultural programs by the students and teachers. Children from Athimancheri village RK Pet Block first performed Yoga on stage. This was followed by songs from both students and teachers, and finally, a captivating Silambattam performance by the children from RK Pet.

These cultural programs were followed by the official inauguration of the event with the Thamizh Thai Vazhthu. Dhamodaran, AID INDIA Overall project director, gave the welcome address and event introduction, the interactive aspects of which were especially well received by the audience. This was followed by a speech by AID INDIA’s beloved President, Dr. V. Vasanthi Devi.

One of the judges for the day, Umanath Selvan, a software engineer-turned-children’s writer who goes by the pen-name Vizhiyan, addressed the audience next and gave us his experience on the event and how the children’s creativity impressed him and the other judges. Eureka SuperKidz Project Director, Srinivasan, took the stage next and elucidated the judging process and criteria used. Post this, all the judges were felicitated and thanked for their time and efforts.

The finalists took to the stage next, in teams of three, and told their stories to the delight of the audience. One of the teams (from Arni block) even brought props to the stage to enliven their story-telling. Others amazed with their sheer imagination and facility at public speaking.

After all the teams had finished telling their stories, Srinivasan took the stage again and congratulated the finalists, stressing on how important it was to remember that these children had made it to this state level event from a pool of many, many thousands of children across the state, and were thus winners already. He also praised their imagination and creativity in taking the topics given and coming up with stories that he and the other judges had not even imagined they would.

After the story telling, while the judges deliberated on the finalists and their placements, a book release took place on stage. The released book was a brochure compiled from the stories and drawings of the winning entries at the district level Little Creator events, which were held across the state in March. The book was released by children from three different blocks and received by Dr. Balaji Sampath, Chief Guest, Gnani, and Dr. Vasanthi Devi.

AID INDIA’s Secretary, Dr. Balaji Sampath, took to the stage and gave us a speech next on the topic “Every Child Can.” The Chief Guest for the day, eminent writer, Gnani, was felicitated. He gave a lovely speech filled with his own stories. He also explained what factors he used while judging the finalists – use of the vernacular speech while telling stories, as opposed the use of forma language, expressive and dramatic telling of the story, and appropriate body language. He also added a caution to the teachers to not try to influence the children too much and coach them to tell their stories in a stiff rehearsed manner. “Teachers are only facilitators,” he said, which are words to keep in mind even outside the context of this event.

The judges came back with their final decisions, and Dr. Ravishankar, Joint-Secretary of AID INDIA, was entrusted with the duties of announcing the winners. Prizes, cups and certificates were given to all the six finalists. The prize winners were as follows:

6th Prize - Sandhya, Rizwana, Keerthika from SS Primary and Nursery schools, Arni Block, Thiruvannamalai District

5th Prize – Maruthupandi, Thirumoorthy, Shobana from PUPS Kovilpatti, Singampunari Block, Sivagangai District

4th Prize – Srinivasan, Mugadi Priya, Alamelu Mangai from PUPS Sowrastra, Indira Nagar Block, Paramakudi District

3rd Prize – Sharmila, Mohammad Akram, Madan Raj from PUMS Lalgudi, Lalgudi Block, Trichy District

2nd Prize – Lavanya, Bagyalakshmi, Gunashri from PUMS Chandravilasapuram, RK Pet Block, Thiruvallur District

1st Prize – Rajeswari, Naveen, Monika from PUPS Thenpallipattu, Kalasapakkam Block, Thiruvannamalai District

All the teams that participated were also given participation certificates , stationery kits and school bags as prizes. The fact that participation was more important than winning was stressed upon and that each and every child was an achiever too for having made it to the state level event among 40,000 other children. The stationery materials for the event and school bags were sponsored by Oracle India Pvt Ltd.

Vote of Thanks was given by Narasimhan, State Coordinator for Thiruvallur District, and every single person who contributed to the success of this grand event was remembered and thanked in turn. The day concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

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