Jalandhar, April 2014: Jalandhar is in the news once again for making it to the international league by winning the grand prize (which is above first prize) in the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest 2014. Apeejay students have been winning prizes at NASA for the last 8 years but this year has been exceptional for the students to win the topmost prize in this prestigious competition. A total of 562 entries were submitted by 1,567 students sponsored by 222 teachers from 18 countries.
The six member team of Class X students from Apeejay School submitted a 113 page Space Settlement Project – ‘VONA’ and won the Grand Prize. It is pertinent to mention that this Grand Prize has been won for the first time by any Apeejay School in eight years and the third time by an Indian team in sixteen years.
There was a tie between Apeejay School’s team and another team of Bulgaria and the Grand Prize amount of $ 5000/- was shared. The team members included Prajjwal Mahajan, Aditya Pratap Singh, Amareen Sandhu, Hatinderpal Singh Ghotra, Hetarth Chopra, Karan Chouhan and team advisor, Mr. Emmanuel Ratnaraj, PGT, Physics.
Another team of class 9 students comprising of Daman Veer Dhaliwal, Jaideep Singh, Namit Kapoor, Sanil Mohan and Tushar Sekhri submitted a project- “VISIO” and won 1st prize.
The team of class 11 students comprising of Vansh Murad Kalia, Paavni Nanda, AadeshPartap Singh and Aditya Aggarwal submitted the project- “ALTAIR” and won laurels by bagging 2nd position under Small Team Category.
The winners have been invited for International Space Development Conference (ISDC) -2014 at Los Angles, California (USA) from 14th to 18th May 2014 to receive the grand prize, school trophy and for presentation before august gathering of scientists and astronauts.