RISING STAR - SAINATH MANIKANDAN, GEMS UNITED INDIAN SCHOOL, ABU DHABI
Sainath Manikandan studying in Grade 7 at GEMS United Indian School is an aspiring environmentalist and an active member of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and Tunza Eco Generation, Students for the Earth (SfE), Drop It Youth (DIY) ambassador with the main aim of raising awareness about single-use plastic pollution and encouraging individuals and organizations to reduce their CO2 emissions through simple everyday choices. • Sainath Manikandan is the innovator of Marine Robot Cleaner, Agribot and 2 apps to control the robots. He intends to build the MBot in a bigger scale to collect floating wastes from water surfaces. • He had presented his innovation MBot Cleaner in Innovator 2018, Dubai Makers Space, Global Innovation Showcase, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Masdar “The Festival” …. • Agribot was presented at Innovator 2019 and Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. • Sainath have started his campaign, “PEPC Campaign” and collecting recyclables in their school and community. • He had won the prestigious Diana Award 2018 who believe that young people have the power to change the world. • Won the first place in Beeah Environment Excellence School Award – Outstanding Individual Student category 2019. • His innovation won accolades as “Best Technology Project” in Future Entrepreneurs organized by Abu Dhabi Chamber. • Won the International Eco Hero Award – Notable from Actions for Nature, USA • He is an active member of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and School Eco-Club member, an environmentalist and social campaigner. • He is Young Times magazine panelist and writes articles to raise environmental awareness. • He uses his oratory skills and writing skills to raise awareness amongst his schoolmates and community. • He uses his artistic talents to convey the message “Say NO to plastics”. • He won the champion title in UC Dino Art Competition 2018 & 2019. • He won the Photography competition – The Third Eye organized by Science India Forum – Children’s Innovation Festival 2019. • Besides being an innovator, active environmentalist he is also an outstanding student, passionate social campaigner, Abacus graduate, Brown belt in Karate, Junior Emergency Response Lead Member, Keyboard player and a budding artist.