Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-02 12:26 Mangaluru: She is just all of 14-year-old but Aneesha Nayak’s Hydrophobicity of Colocasia Esculenta project has won her bronze medal at the prestigious International Sustainable World (Energy Engineering Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEP). But what exactly is Hydrophobicity of Colocasia Esculenta? It is a compound that is meant to protect walls against fungus. Growing up in Puttur, walls developing fungus due to moisture is nothing new to Aneesha. She wanted to do something about it and the result was her project. A student of Sudana Residential School, Aneesha was guided by her Science teacher Sadhana Hebbar. I-SWEEP, a largest science fair of its kind worldwide, organised by Harmony Public Schools, a K-12 Public Charter School System, was held at Houston, Texas in US from April 26 to May 1. Her work on the medal from 585 projects from 62 countries. Her parents too are happy about Aneesha’s fame. “I feel proud of my daughter. It is an honour for the country,” said Shaila Bhakta, Nayak’s mother. Aneesha was one among the two girls who represented India at the competition. She will return to Mangaluru on May 4. This was her first attempt at I-SWEEP, Bhakta added. An elated Shobha Nagaraj, the headmistress of school said “Ms. Nayak is a multifaceted person. She is the country’s first girl surfer and has won many prizes in the sport. Besides, a keen science student, Aneesha is into social service projects taken up by the school from time to time,” she said. Aneesha is an Asian-level surfer and a member of Mantra Surf Club in Mulki, near Mangaluru.