IIT-Guwahati’s Technothlon to offer winners free tour of NASA

Dream of visiting the NASA in the USA? Participate in Technothlon – the nation-wide school championship which will be held by students of IIT-Guwahati across the country for students of class 9 to 12 on July 17 from 10:30 am to 1 pm.

Recognising the dire need of technical exposure for school-going students, the student fraternity of IIT-Guwahati organises Technothlon as part of their annual techno-management festival Techniche. This is the 13th edition of the tech fest which has become an event that serves as a platform for many aspiring students to expose themselves to innovation and creativity.

The championship will be held in two phases – Prelims and Mains, where the prelims phase would be conducted over 350 centres all over the nation. In Hyderabad, FIITJEE Narayanaguda, DAV Safilguda, Little Flower Junior College, Uppal and Indus Universal School, Yapral have been designated as exam centres. Those winning the championship will be offered a free guided tour to NASA in the US. “Until last year, we used to offer a cash prize to the winners of the championship, but this year, we are offering a free guided tour of NASA to the winners so as to give them better exposure,” said AG Goutham, south zone chief organiser.

The students are divided into Junior squad (classes 9-10) and the Hauts squad (classes 11-12). The paper is different from that of any other competitive exams. It is based on logic, analytical ability and practical observations. Thus, the prelims require no initial preparation but spontaneity and out-of-the-box thinking capabilities. Students can participate in the prelims in a team of two from their own school / college. The top 50 teams from each squad will then be invited for the next round – Mains held during Techniche at IIT-Guwahati between September 1 and 4, where the students will be tested on more challenging grounds to bag the championship. Winners from the two squads will visit NASA.

To provide a thorough analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the student with respect to the topics, Technothlon introduced a new initiative this year called ‘TechAnalysis Report’ which will help students know about their potential and will enable them to do better in future endeavours.

Interested students can register by paying Rs 100 for each team for the examination on technothlon.techniche.org. After the offline registration, participants can access Technopedia – the online module of Technothlon. These are a monthly set of questions which will help students get an idea of the papers of the championship.