Mangalore, Aug 5, 2014 : The annual event "INSPIRE Award - 2014" organised by the department of Science and Technology displayed a wide array of science models, some of them innovative to a high degree, concieved and developed by students. The district level four-day event kick started at MGC High School, Bondel on Aug.4. With most of the projects focused on ’save energy or save earth’ concept, it seemed the students at INSPIRE Award science exhibition were keen to find solutions to the energy crisis.
There were equally good number of students who have developed Light Dependent Resister (LDR) sensor based science models in an attempt to address the day to day problems of society. Last year, where 1,399 models were displayed, this year the exhibition will feature only 639 models that are spill over from previous year.
On the first and second day, students from Mangalore South, Mangalore North and Puttur education blocks will display the science models, while on the last two days students from Bantwal, Belthangady, Moodbidri and Sullia blocks will exhibit their creations. The department has allotted Rs 5,000 for each student.
Concerned over the rise in fuel consumption and environment pollution caused by vehicles, Karthik, a IX Std student from Government Highschool, Patna in Talapady conceived a model of wind powered car. The car developed using two fans and DC motor, functions using the wind energy. Though Karthik has only fixed two fans on the car’s front, he said the car has to be fixed with two fans on the back, for taking reverse.
Chitrashree, a student of Anandashrama in Ombattukere, said she was deeply hurt by the news of recent train accident where school children were rammed over by a train in level crossing. In places having unmanned railway gates, automatic train sirens can be installed. She found solution in the form of laying a metal equipment (buzzer) between the railway track which is connected to a siren instrument. As the train touches the buzzer, it creates a loud siren, when the train is at acertain distance. The mechanism developed using infra red rays, can avert train accidents, she told Deccan Herald .
Models such as automatically operated street lights, purification of smoke, solar stove aimed towards saving energy and environment protection were also there. On the other hand, models like alarm circuit, automatic street light, electronic post box were based on LDR sensor.
The selected models will be displayed at the state and national science exhibition. The district had the highest number of students (15) participating in the national level fest, when compared to other districts in Karnataka last year, according to INSPIRE programme Co-ordinator Dayavathi. Inaugurating the exhibition, District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai said there was a need to retain the talent in our country and not let a large number of them move abroad as the brain drain has not augured well. Think global act local is on top now.