Indian Team Finishes Second at the Dell Education Challenge 2012
BANGALORE, December 27, 2012
BANGALORE, December 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
An India-focused Project, Gyan (Knowledge) Lab Strives to Improve Human
Resource Value in India by Empowering School Kids Through Hands-on Exposure
and Practical Constructive Learning
Dell today announced the winners of the Dell Education Challenge , a global
competition for university students with entrepreneurial ideas to improve
education, both in and out of the classroom.
The team comprising of two Indian students, Sonali Gupta from Manipal
Institute of Technology and Priyadeep Sinha from Indira Gandhi National Open
University, was adjudged the first runner-up for its project Gyan (Knowledge)
Lab and awarded a cash prize of $5,000. This team was among the four finalists
who traveled to Dell World to compete for a $10,000 grand prize and other
support to advance their innovative ideas.
The competition received more than 400 project entries from around the world,
proposing solutions to today's biggest issues in education, including those
identified in a recent poll commissioned by Dell. Global poll respondents said
technology gives students a more personalized experience that they value, but
added that technology needs are not being met in schools today.
The grand prize of the Dell Education Challenge 2012 was awarded to Forward
Tutoring, an online platform where students earn credits for volunteering in
their communities and redeem those credits for tutoring from other qualified
students; tutors in turn can earn scholarships and internships from supporting
organizations. Forward Tutoring will use the funds, from the grand prize, to
support burgeoning university chapters working to bring accessible online
tutoring to communities.
Gyan (Knowledge) Lab , the project from India that won the second place, is a
kinesthetic lab facility that encourages and allows school kids (Grades 3-9)
to learn practical concepts in Science, Social Science, Electronics, Robotics,
Mathematics and Pre-vocational Learning (day to day activities and utilities),
in a hands-on manner using practical experiments, activities and model-making.
The facility is usually setup within a school free of cost and students attend
it by paying an annual fee. Championing the concept of Constructivism Pedagogy
(a new phenomenon in India), the lab has aligned its work to the best 5
curriculum standards of the world to give the most comprehensive real-life
skills to school students at the most affordable prices.
The two other finalists who also traveled to Dell World in Austin for the
*e-Education for GAZA , which seeks to overcome geographic barriers to
quality education for Gaza's children with learning difficulties through
video curriculum, where Gaza's teachers can connect with education experts
in their subject matters.
*Next Step Leaders , which provides leadership development training for
highly effective teachers in roles such as department chairs or
grade-level leaders. Teachers receive 360 degree feedback, personalized
assessments, whole group leadership training and individualized one-on-one
Another seven Promising Projects were chosen to receive $1,000 each to advance
their ideas. All projects in the Dell Education Challenge are automatically
entered in the 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which supports promising
young social innovators working to solve the world's most pressing problems by
providing teaching, training, start-up capital, and access to a network of
mentors, advisers and like-minded student social entrepreneurs. Projects
compete for more than $350,000 in cash awards and other prizes to bring their
ideas to life. Entrants must post projects by Jan. 28, 2013 for consideration
in the 2013 challenge.
For more information, visit www.dellchallenge.org .
"To participate on an enormous global platform with the Dell Education
Challenge has been a very important lesson for us. We now feel more confident
about the success of the project and are looking forward to utilizing the
award and resources provided by the Dell Education Challenge to further
enhance Gyan Lab and make it accessible to more and more kids in India."
Priyadeep Sinha, Gyan Lab
"When students are given the opportunity to express their ideas for improving
education, and when they are provided the tools and support to make these
ideas a reality, transformation in learning whether in or out of the classroom
happens. We are encouraged to see the enthusiasm and ideas from students
around the world who participated in the Dell Education Challenge, and we look
forward to working together to see the winning ideas come to fruition."
Mark Horan, Vice president of education, Dell
"We are thrilled to congratulate the winner of our first international
spotlight challenge. We believe that education is one of the most important
issues of our time and we are excited to support young social entrepreneurs
who provide solutions in this area. We plan on doing more spotlight challenges
focusing on issues of global concern as we shift to a year-round model of
Suzi Sosa, executive director, Dell Social Innovation Challenge
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social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing
problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with
a global network of like-minded social innovators, world-class teaching and
training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors
and advisors. Our challenge was launched in 2007 by the RGK Center for
Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The
University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 Dell became our title sponsor, lending
its name and resources. Dell announced a $5 million gift to expand our efforts
worldwide at the close of the 2011 challengeto engage more than 60,000
students a year. Since our launch, more than 15,000 students from 105
countries have proposed more than 4,500 ideas. We've awarded more than
$450,000 to more than 50 student teams around the world. In 2013 we will
provide mentoring to over 300 teams of students and award over $350,000 in
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