Pranav has won many awards for his original research and his presentations world-wide that promote dental awareness.
Pranav was the Grand Champion at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa in 2016.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, Achievements
31 August 2018
Maharishi School 11th grader Pranav Chhalliyil has been selected by the Biotechnology Institute to be one of their ambassadors, which entails his promoting science education to kindergarten through 8th grade teachers and students.
He was selected as a result of winning the Biotechnology Institute's GenePool competition last year, his strong communication skills, and his work teaching students in underdeveloped countries.
Ambassadors in the BioGENEius Champions program create videos that help teachers and their students understand and apply the scientific method to a hypothesis. Each video shows how a hypothesis can be scientifically investigated. Teachers can then have their students replicate the experiment.
The videos become part of the BioGENEius Champions web series and will be available online via the institute's YouTube channel.
The Biotechnology Institute sent filming equipment to Pranav, and he recorded himself doing an experiment that entailed extracting DNA from fruits like strawberries and explaining the scientific principles behind the experiment.
He also took footage of various aspects of his life for a documentary-style introduction about him. After recording, he sent the files to professional editors arranged by the institute.
The focus of the program is to underscore the need to apply the scientific method to the natural curiosity of children.
"I'm honored to be a part of this wonderful program and promote science education to K–8 school students across the nation," Pranav said. "And I enjoyed shooting a video about everything I do, as well as my community. I talked about my project, meditation, school, community service, my business, image consulting, cooking, painting, etc. It was a lot of fun, and I'm grateful for the wonderful community here."
This spring Pranav also participated in the Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) and won third place. Participants presented the results of original research before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.
He received $1,000 and as well as an all expenses-paid trip to the 56th National JSHS Symposium in early May in Huntsville, Maryland, where he earned fourth place.
He presented a poster that combined his findings from the past three years of research on the oral microbiome.
"The judges, students, and general public at the national JSHS were very fascinated and liked the value of my research," Pranav said.
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