Whizz kids does Lanka proud
Three students Abhishek, Chamindu and Lochana from Sri Lanka have won
five awards at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
2016, the world's largest high school science research competition.
Abhishek Gomes from Belvoir College International, Colombo won a grand
award and two special awards for his wearable device which translates
American Sign Language into English while Chamindu Jayasanka from
Hanwella Rajasinghe Central College and P.M. Lochana Piyumantha from
Madampe Senanayake Central College also received two special awards for
their outstanding innovative and research skills.
Lochana Piyumantha, Abhishek Gomes and Chamindu Jayasanka
A third place grand award of US$1,000 for his project in the Embedded
Systems category at the Intel ISEF Grand Awards Ceremony was won by
Abhishek. He also won a special award of US$2,000 from Synaptics
Organisation in USA and US$500 from the Patent and Trademark Office
Society of the United States. Chamindu's 'Modified and Adjustable
Crutches' project won a special award of US$1,000 from the Patent and
Trademark Office Society of the United States for his outstanding
originality and clarity in science and technology. The Nano
technology-based solution for resistant endometrial cancer cells from
Lochana won a special award of US$1,000 from Qatar Foundation for the
excellence he showed in human life sciences.
Abhishek, explaining the experience of taking part in an
international competition said, "It was a life changing experience for
me. I met smartest people in the world and got the opportunity to share
ideas with them who have similar interests. It was a quite a good
However, he said that he wished more students took part in science
competitions in the country adding that only a very few students from
international schools take part in the Junior Inventor of the Year.
"Taking part in these competitions will be a good opportunity to
showcase their talent and it will be a good experience for them as
well," he said.
Abhishek intends to develop the product by improving certain features
further such as the time taken for processing the words and increase the
words pre-recorded to increase the volume of the words.
"My ultimate goal is to make use of the skills of hearing/speaking
impaired people for the development of the country, says Abishek.
Chamindu, one of the participants who won a special award for his
modified and adjustable crutches said that he is interested in inventing
more products to support disabled people and elderly people. "This
product of mine enables user to be comfortable without compromising the
safety and it would also reduce the dependency of disabled or elderly
persons. I hope to come up with more invention in future," he said.
Revealing his future plans, Lochana said that he wants to be a
Cardiologist. However he intends to do a research and create a drug to
prevent cancer cells from growing. He has mastered the area of his
research. "I was interested in reading science journals from small days
and I always wanted to invent a cure for the people who are suffering
from cancer," he said.
Junior Inventor of the Year hosted by the Institute of Engineers of
Sri Lanka (IESL) is the competition which paves the way for these
students to take part in international competitions and gain more
knowledge as well as experience. President of Institute of Engineers of
Sri Lanka Jayawilal Meegoda expressing his view said that The Junior
Inventor of the Year competition is being held for 30 years and it has
produced outstanding personalities.
"I see great potential in these young contestants and the exposure
they get by taking part in these competitions is very important.
Abhishek is one of the most talented students we have ever seen," he
According to Meegoda, workshops are being held throughout the year to
educate the contestants and prepare them for international
competitions."We make sure that students get maximum support.
They are really talented and they have a bright future ahead," he
With the intention of encouraging millions of students to explore
their passion for developing innovations, Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair, the world's largest high school science research
competition was held on May 8 to 13 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona of United