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2018 Columbus Regional Competition Details

Chapter Coordinator: Bhaskara Rudraraju served as Columbus Chapter Coordinator from 2002-2013. NSF encourages academic excellence among children, K-12, through contests: spelling, vocabulary, math, science, geography, essay writing and public speaking. Started this chapter with 15 Children registrations in 2002 and now the student registrations are around 500 students for different contests.

Parent Run Prep-Clubs: He founded parent run prep-clubs in 2010 to teach Math, Spelling, Vocabulary, Public Speaking, and Science. I ran these clubs in three different locations. Nearly 200 students participates every weekend.

Workshops: Conducted Spelling/Vocabulary/Science/Public Speaking workshops to children to make them at ease and comfortable with the upcoming contests. The workshops are meant to provide orientation to the contests including syllabus and learning strategies.

NSF National Finals: Columbus, Ohio hosted NSF finals in 2007 in OSU and Bhaskara Rudraraju served as a convener. Nearly 2,300 people came to the Finals including children, parents and volunteers. Recruited 263 volunteers and team leads for about 20 committees.


2014 NSF Finals At Univiversity Of Texas, Dallas, TX
2013 NSF Prep-Clubs
2012 NSF Regional Photos-2nd DAY
2012 NSF Regional Photos-1st DAY


2011 NSF Prep-Clubs Orientation

2011 NSF Prep-Clubs
2011NSF Booth at India Festival
2010-Founded NSF-PREP-CLUBS
2010-NSF-Prep-Club-Mock Spilling Bee-1
2010 NSF Mock Contests at India Festival
2009-NSF-Finals at University Of MaryLand
2009-NSF- Regionals-Columbus- Chapter
2007 NSF Finals- The OSU- Rooms
2006-NSF- Regionals-Columbus
2006-NSF-Finals at Northwestern University
2005-NSF- Regionals-Columbus
2005-NSF-Finals at Northwestern University
2004-NSF-Finals at University Of Arizona
2003-NSF-Finals at Univerisity Of Maryland

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Project Impact & News:

0. 2015 CRC Ohio Invitational Science Fair on 02-21-2015 .

1. Since 2008, CRC project collected more than 50,000lbs of eWaste (Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, TVs, and thousand pounds of computer peripheral items) and safely redirected for proper recycling.

2. Donated refurbished items to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and more than 1500 recycled bags of clothes to PlanetAid foundation. Shipped 235 boxes of Indian clothes to flood affected areas in AP, India with help of local organizations and in 2009.

3. Total Adopted Schools since 2009: 50 > 2009 -13 Elementary/High schools, 2010- 8 High Schools, 2011- 6 High Schools, 2012-13- 13 High Schools, 2014- 13 High Schools..

4. CRC fund-raised for other charities: (Central Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, UNICEF)

5. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2011 Volvo Adventure- The United Nations Environmental Programme Project Read more details (Select Country-United States, select project 6)

6. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2011 Prudential Spirit State Finalist Read more

7. Community Recycling Campaign project details on the Junior Scholastic, National Magazine, April 2011 Issue Read more

8. Can you help save the earth? Meet five young people who saw problems--and set out to fix them.(Brennan Bird, Jonny Cohen, Diana Lopez, Sachin Rudraraju and Freya Chay Read more

9. A Davidson Young Scholar Making a Difference, In the Spotlight Read more

10. Community Recycling Campaign project selected for the 2008 Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador Program- Read more

11. TechColumbus Innovation Awards Semi-Finalist (2010, 2011) - for Green Innovation and Non-Profit Service Read more

12. Story published in the Columbus Monthly Magazine -2012 Issue

13. E-Waste: Dark Side of Digital Age >> These days, it's often cheaper and more convenient to buy a new PC than to upgrade an old one. But what happens to those old computers once they've been abandoned for newer models? The refuse from discarded electronics products, also known as e-waste, often ends up in landfills or incinerators instead of being recycled. And that means toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury that are commonly used in these products can contaminate the land, water and air.

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