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The Wings To Fly is one of the flagship projects of the Rotary Club of Madras East. Conducted jointly in association with the Greater Chennai Corporation & the Foundation for Vocational Training, 2019 marks the 4th successive year of the project.
The first two years took the format of an elocution competition for the Corporation school students. The subsequent years transitioned into a mega Science Talent Hunt that put not just the academic skills but also their creative scientific temper to test. This year, 7000 students from across 70 corporation schools competed with each other over a lateral thinking objective test, from which 280 top scoring students were shortlisted for entry into the finals.
The finals were a combination of Olympiad styled tests and project presentation by all the 280 finalists. About 70 project happy wheels stalls with project across various themes were put up by the students at Amma Arangam, transforming the hall into a mini-science center. The project stalls were visited by more than 3000 fellow students from across corporation schools. After a rigorous evaluation by a diverse team of Judges from academics, industry & public jury, the top 32 students were adjudged winners.
At this function, Rotary Club of Madras East through Foundation for Vocational Training handed over the cheque for Rs. Ten Lakhs to Dr.D.Karthikeyan I.A.S,Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation, towards the NEET Training for two Residential Schools. It is to be noted that Rs.10 Lakhs has already been donated for the same cause 4 months earlier. The total donation of Twenty Lakhs will benefit many students of +2 appearing for NEET Examinations.
The grand award ceremony to select & celebrate the top 32 students was chaired by the Chennai Corporation Commissioner Dr. D.Karthikeyan I.A.S., presided over by the Vice-Consul (Political) of Singapore Consulate Mr.Ivan TAN as the Special Guest . RCME is contemplating taking, not just the top 8, but all the 32 winners, on an educational tour to Singapore sometime in June this year according to Rtn. V.R. Sahit Kumar, Chairman – Wings to Fly 4th edition. Last year the top 8 student winners were taken on an educational tour to NASA.