About #21Innovate


Empower children with the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing world!


Children need to build different skills to survive in the 21st century - problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, people management and decision-making are some of them.



Sow the seed of innovation in the minds of 150,000 children across India by 2020.


#21Innovate 2016

Government and NGO Schools Training

#21 Innovate is an inter-school competition and program that focuses on increasing awareness around the importance of 21st -century skills. This is the first competition of its kind where business comes together with education to work towards a single goal - building skills essential for success in the 21st century. The competition goes a step further by providing schools with the tools and guidelines for this, through training and workshops.

Competition details:
  1. An inter-school competition focused on 21st century skills and innovation in the NCR region
  2. The target is to have 32 schools participate in Year 1. Training and intensive support will be provided to the underprivileged schools that participate.
  3. Target age: 11-12 years

The competition, assessed by trained professionals, will focus on the following skills:

Communication and Collaboration

Social Skills: Communication (inter and intra), Taking Responsibility, Adapting, Understanding Different Perspectives
Social Regulation: Negotiation, Self-Evaluation

Critical Thinking and Creativity

Cogntive Schools: Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Resource Management, Relationship Management, Innovation, Reflection

Information Literacy

Learning Skills: The ability to find, evaluate and use information effectively

#21 Innovate: The Format
  1. Each school picks a team of 5 children that will represent their school.
  2. #21 Innovate Team help schools by providing a preliminary activity that can be used for the selection process. An assessment rubric for this selection will also be provided.
  3. At the competition, each team will start by presenting on an innovation done in school for 20 minutes. This presentation must cover the innovation, how the idea was born, why this is special and how it was implemented.
  4. The presentation will be followed by an Explore activity. This is a 1 hour activity designed specifically to test the skills detailed above. The assessment rubrics will be shared with all schools on confirmation of participation, along with videos that explain the assessment and provide sample Explores in action.

There will be four first level elimination rounds – 8 schools will participate in each round. 2 out of these schools will be picked to move to the final round.

Government and NGO Schools


Think Stations has a team of trainers focused on helping teachers and children develop essential 21st century skills. As a part of the programme the team is working extensively with Government and NGO schools on 21st century skills that will be tested during the competition. The idea is to pick the brightest and most focused children from these schools and train them to further build their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and comprehension skills. All we need to do is push them in the right direction to further harness the skills they need for success in life.

List of Participating Schools

List of Class

Schools that qualified for Finals

1.Lotus Valley, Gurgaon
2.Ramjas School, RK Puram
3. Shri Ram Moulsari, Gurgaon
4. Vasant Valley, Vasant Kunj
5. DAV, Dwarka
6.The Heritage School, Gurgaon
7.Ishani Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Saket
8.Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Malviya Nagar
9.Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School, Tughlakabad

Innovations at Schools

#21Innovate Problem Solving – Our Stories


Innovations in 2016

36 schools participated in #21 Innovate that included both government-aided schools and private schools. Government-aided schools included schools like Sarvodaya Co Ed, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, and Government Senior Secondary schools. The private and unaided schools that were part of the program includes schools such as Vasant Valley, The Shri Ram School, The British School, Ramjas School and Heritage amongst others.

We saw a number of interesting innovation that came out of #21innovate 2015-16 - from simple classroom solutions to apps and solar powered helmets. Children were full of ideas on how they could solve the problems around them. We therefore felt 2017 should look at providing them even more tools and support that would make the solutions more refined – and we want to see more and more of them – and therefore, we changed the format to allow this.

Here are some examples from last year:
  1. Classroom Design
  2. A team developed a new design and prototype of a board that solved a problem in their classroom. The missing chalk and duster! Yes the innovation was pretty simple – but it is the simplicity we love. Solving of real problems around them.

    They created an entire system – a duster that was attached yet movable with a ledge, and a process to collect chalk dust to recycle it. It solved three problems – the loss of time; resource utilization and reduction of dust to solve health problems. The power of simplicity!

  3. A Cooler out of Junk
  4. We had two teams that worked on coolers out of junk and what was amazing is both were drastically different. One team used an old junk fan, a bucket with water and a copper pipe. The other team made a cooler using two old motor fans, a thermocol box with holes and some ice. Both made it for people in Delhi who could not afford a cooler in the terrible hot summers! Little problem solvers who are emphatic – we just need to push the envelope a little more. That is why we need corporate volunteers to commit time to support them.

  5. Mentorship Program
  6. Absentee teachers in government schools are common. Often classes are in disarray and students lose out on learning attainment, and find it difficult to catch up. Constant breakage in their schedule also results in loss of interest.

    This team of senior boys created a mentorship program where they divided their class into learning groups. A member of each group was assigned a junior classroom when teachers were absent through a planned roster – the other members of the group ensured the boy teaching caught up on his own class activities. The plan was to create a resource library that the groups could access and build over time that other classes could then take over. Could our children really solve the problems in our government education system? Should we give them a chance to try this out?

  7. The Cabin Bag with Square Wheels
  8. Did you know that square wheels could make it easier to take heavy loads up stairs? These children worked on designing a cabin bag that has both – our regular wheels for flat surfaces and square wheels to ease us up stairs. They created this prototype and showed it to us with great pride. The design could be applied on garden equipment too. The challenge the children still needed to solve was how the sizes of these wheels adjusted to stair heights. But great thinking!

  9. Strategy Game
  10. This wonderful team of students designed a strategy board game called “The Line of Vision”. We found the concept interesting, unique and involved both use of strategy and building knowledge – essential skills developed through a board game. Players need to use strategy to stay away from the line of vision of the teacher – however, when in the line of vision they could get out of trouble only by answering some difficult questions from the knowledge cards.

    I was one addicted player! Truly believed that this board game needed to be in the market. This influenced us to get angel investors and an IP/patent lawyer involved in our 2017 program. Need to help children understand copyright protection – this is also a way we can ensure they understand the risks of plagiarism!

#21 Innovate 2.0


#21innovate 2.0 is a unique inter-school showcase that brings innovation with design thinking into the forefront. It is a platform where business comes together with education to help create the next generation of thinkers and innovators. The leaders of tomorrow will be born from this community that is integrated by one belief – yes we can!

How do we demonstrate the power of these skills through a simple, engaging program that helps build out of the box thinking and a new rigor for change? If you share this belief, come join us to showcase how innovation and design thinking is part of your school’s DNA!

List of Class

Awards and Certifications

Grants for top 3 projects

Many additional awards around specific process/areas such as best product idea, best at empathy, social impact, use of technology etc to be won.



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