India is brimming with pride as Rida Yumn Ahmed of class XI-A of JKG International School got honoured by ‘The New York Academy Of Sciences’ by being bestowed with ‘Distinguished Student Award’ and also being invited for a Global STEM Alliance Summit which had students from 37 countries. Rida attended the three day Annual Global STEM Alliance (GSA) Summit, dedicated to building a global community of science and technology leaders at the headquarters of NYAS at World Trade Centre, New York. Rida networked amongst peers, mentors, and professionals and developed cross-cultural communication skills and interacted with STEM professionals from leading companies and universities. The agenda for the summit was as follows: Wednesday, July 24th Rida had the honour of meeting Mr.Ellis Rubenstein (President and CEO of NYAS) and Ms.Aissata Camara(Mayor’s office for international affairs) who focussed on the UN SDG’s. She attended a workshop on “Interface of science and policy” which had the following speakers: Mr. Donovan Guttieres, UN Major Group for Children & Youth Mr. Ricardo de Guimarães Pinto, Liaison Officer to the United Nations at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) New York Office Dr. Teresa Stoepler, Executive Director of the InterAcademy Partnership (Policy) and Member of the Global Young Academy Later she explored neuroscience by using EEG to examine brainwaves by New York University hosted by NYU Brainwaves and met her mentors. Global STEM Alliance Summit Memories *Thursday, July 25th* Attended a workshop “Young Innovator in Science” by Dr. Shruti Naik,researcher in New York University. Went to Verizon’s 5G Lab to unlock new use cases and prototypes using 5G technology. (Amazing Experience) There was Film Screening of ‘Madam Mars’, a project that reframes the story of space exploration as a feminist issue, Followed by a Q&A with Writer and Director, Jan Millsapps, Ph.D In the GSA Open House and Evening Reception,met professionals from across the world. There was also a keynote by Kathryn Harrison, Founder and CEO of Stealth Startup (Again damn Amazing.. Blockchain..ILoveYou) *Friday, July 26th* Keynote Presentation: Ms. MiMi Aung from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who led the team to do the first ever flight demonstration at Mars. Rida has also met Nick Donofrio(IBM Fellow) and attended the Panel Discussion: ‘Diversity and Inclusion in STEM’ which had speakers like Manager Baffour, CEO and Founder of Getronics Danny Guillory, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at DropBox Jennifer Breslin, Founder of Futuristas Jeffery Reid, Vice President, Head of Genome Informatics and Data Engineering at Regeneron Seema Kumar, Vice President Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson. The summit was a productive event.
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I always wake up, before the sun ascends above the horizon.
Because I just love to see the, rising sun
Which symbolizes the new foundation.
But, the serenity doesn’t last long.
Stuck in the age, where a new day is not a song.
The honking and bustling are the new wake-up sounds
Rather than the chirps of birds flying around.
Living in a concrete jungle
Running in a rat race
Are busy bees solving the life’s maze
Wants to have the wisdom of an owl,
Lion’s pride and power and his fierce growl
Want to be precious and have wealth
Want to have all the qualities
Under the belt.
I am a inhabitant here in this jungle.
When I was in kindergarten,
I always remember myself watering the garden
With the water left in my bottle.
I didn’t even had this frame of mind
Those small deeds can help conservation unwind
The thoughts of conservation was instilled
In the chambers of my mind and heart from my kin
And now I understand its significance.
I believe childhood is the golden epoch
Where ethical education masters the human oak
Seeds need to be sown at the roots of life
To have the fruit of achievement and end strife
Nature has always blessed us with divine love
And we have disrespected her in return
Only to shove her love
We are no one who can even think of destroying environment,
But are disregarding Earth by being self-centered.
It is time we need regard for the revered.
The concrete solution can be done
Only until this aim is reached
Otherwise no form of learning
Can enlighten the budding seeds,
Plagued and compounded by the ignorance of basic awareness,
Today’s earthlings need to live in the conscience
And unearth the asset to overcome unrest
Being a part of this interlude
Became significant for me
As it portrayed the future of us.
We have harnessed the era
And have become so obsessed with the aura.
I feel education has ability
That can help perceive the truth
By diminishing the myth
Which paves way for a better fruit.
We could take advantage of modern technological growth
And clear misconceptions regarding the modern node.
Still what do we need?
Unbiased education, I guess, is the need
To be tolerant and united which will work
To preserve ethnic diversity,
Promote moral principles without lurk,
Literacy addresses nearly every social issue
Now is the time that we learn with supportive hues
It’ll help encourage universal respect for
Justice, laws, human rights, and vanish the blues.
On a local and global scale
Education is synonymous with grades and competition.
Students have a hectic schedule
Where balancing studies with activities is a herculean task!
But, books only don’t teach us the world
Because true education lies in the old’s shelters
There is always a light of guidance from our elders.
It should be taken seriously to avoid blunders.
All of us wish to be an inspiration
God has blessed us with the weapon of education
Through which we can transform
And lead ourselves towards transformation.
Education is an humanitarian act.
It is against all wars and malicious tact
I look forward myself as a quintessence of egalitarianism
As the one who promotes education as a necessity of life
And urge you to be a part of it
And be the one
Who is willing to work for a better future to end the strife.