V. Atchara and K. Preethi are students of class 11 (science group) in Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School. They are the proud designers of the ‘Breathing Sensor’, which bagged away the first prize in the IGNITE `07, an all-India competition held at IIT-Madras.

This breathing sensor, monitoring the breathing movements, won over 184 entries across South India and was one of the 48 presentations that were displayed on August 7 and 8, during a two-day workshop.

The innovative girls worked hard to present their idea of the breathing sensor to the public. The girls were indeed very happy. “We wanted to win and were very happy when our hard work paid off.”

They showed their gratitude to the school for exposing them to such a competition. “The school showed us the way. We went forward with our own ideas and put together the equipments that we have come across earlier and brought alive our breathing sensor.” The girls are inspired a lot by this victory. “This victory has increased our aims to join the IIT in the future. We will definitely work to design many more such innovative gadgets.”

Besides the first prizewinners Alpha Matriculation was also conferred with four prizes out of the twelve consolation prizes. This competition has encouraged many young scientists in the past and has not failed its purpose this year either.