Schoolkids get a feel of science, tech at fair

Muneer G D and Raghavendra P, both class nine students of the Government High School, Chikkabanavara in the City spoke extempore with much confidence as they took turns to throw light on a hybrid electric vehicle designed by students of Acharya Institute of Technology.

There were many such students at the fifth edition of ‘Anveshana 2016’, a two-day science and engineering fair, where projects designed by engineering students were explained by government school children, who were trained for 10 days on the models. Around 45 projects were displayed at the event organised by Agastya International Foundation and Synopsys India on Thursday.

Among them, the design and development of de-husker for flat beans (Avarekai), use of a coconut extract oil as an eco-friendly and economical wound healing medicine in animals and Autobin (an automated device which picks waste fallen around the bin), were some of the highlights.

Later, K V Sai Chandrasekhar, CEO of Agastya International Foundation, said, “The event is aimed at bridging the knowledge gap between schools and colleges through integration of ideas. Here, engineering students learn the art of mentoring while school students get an opportunity to interact with seniors on designing projects.” This year, around 274 ideas were generated from 53 engineering colleges. Of them, 45 models from 35 colleges and 40 schools got shortlisted for final prototyping and evaluation, a collaborative effort of school and college students, he said. While 1,096 engineering students got an opportunity to mentor children, around 500 students from 100 schools received direct training in science models, he pointed out.  Besides, around 3,000 students from different schools would visit the Anveshana fair, which is open to the public till Friday from 11 am to 3pm.

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