Brimming with ideas

Brimming with ideas

Innovative designs

Brimming with ideas

CMR National PU College recently hosted ‘Novum’, the annual science and commerce exhibition, where the students were encouraged to blend academics and creativity to innovate their own designs.

The fest was held only recently but the planning for it began in June. The students were selected and expected to share their ideas with their teachers, who in turn guided them on their projects. Talking more about the initiative, Nandini Nagraj, principal of the college says, “The idea of the fest is to encourage the students to think and create something new. The teachers spent a lot of time with the students in concept clearance and help turn their ideas into innovation.” Nandini adds, “We believe that visual learning and working models have more impact on children than simply learning from the text books.”
  
Some of the working models that were exhibited included amphibian, electricity from household waste and speed  breakers, use of hydrogen as eco-friendly fuel, sericulture, information retrieving robot, the beauty of golden ratio, application of pie, DNA extraction and finger printing. The other highlights were the CSR documentary and a movie on the functioning of the stock market.

The students dubbed the whole experiment as an ‘excellent learning process’. Rashmitha, a second-year PUC science student put together a magnetic levitation train. “We got a chance to do and learn something that is out of the four walls of the classroom. This train does not touch the ground and it is built using electro magnets. We learnt about this and we were excited that we actually got to create one,” says Rashmitha.

CL Narasimhan, a second-year student of commerce, worked on a documentary on the essential ingredients for a sound economic growth. “It is important for all the factors of economic growth to come together for an economy to grow and develop and our documentary captured some live videos, including a speech by the current Union Finance minister P Chidambaram,” explains Narasimhan. Sharing his experience, Abhinav Seshan, another second-year commerce student says, “India has so much potential and what matters is how the resources are channelised to achieve that growth.”

The judges were experts in their own fields and seemed awestruck by the maturity with which the students presented their projects.

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