Maharishi School students win awards at science fair
Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment students Bimba Shrestha and Pranav Chhalliyil competed and won several awards March 28 at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa.
Eleventh-grader Shrestha won several awards: Overall Senior High Project Champion, $1,200; Category of Computer Science: first place; Intel Excellence in Computer Science award; Yale Science & Engineering Association award; and Jolene Schwinger Memorial Senior Award Top Physical Project.
Seventh-grader Chhalliyil won several awards: Seventh-Grade Biological Division: third place; and Broadcom Masters Award.
The two students each won the grand prize in the senior and junior divisions at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair March 15 in Cedar Rapids earning a free trip to Los Angeles to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
Shrestha’s research, entitled “Save Real Objects as a File,” focused on designing affordable 3D scanning technology.
Chhayillil’s research, entitled “The Effect of Bed-time Brushing on Oral Bacterial Count Analyzed Using Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) Method,” was designed with the intention of bringing “awareness about the importance of bedtime brushing quality on oral hygiene to prevent many deadly diseases and enjoy good health.”