Sci-Fest showcasing new ideas and innovations by school kids concludes

Aim of science fair was to provide opportunity to young students to refine and showcase their ‘Knowledge

Sci-Fest showcasing new ideas and innovations by school kids concludes
SCI-FEST 1st Prize Winner Telangana Model School, Shankarpalli.

Basar/Nirmal: SCI-FEST, the national science fair organized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Basar (RGUKT-Basar) concluded on Saturday evening. Several school kids from 6th to 10th class from different states viz., Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana exhibited 60 innovative working models at the RGUKT campus as part of the ongoing Antahpragnya 2020. A total of 180 students with 40 mentors exhibited 60 projects.
The aim of the science fair was to provide an opportunity to young students to refine and showcase their ‘Knowledge of today’s science which becomes Technology of tomorrow’. The participants showcased their working models on different topics viz. Agricultural Technologies; Water Management; Energy Generating Technologies; Best from waste; Green Energy; Bio-Fertilizers; Road Safety and Fire accidents; Technologies for women protection; Pollution Control Methods; and Traffic Management.
The young kids from various schools came forward to present prototypes of innovative models offering solutions to diverse problems. A team of three young kids from class 6 and 7 of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Uppal, Hyderabad showcased Drowsy Driver Detection & Alerting System. The system consists of spectacles to be worn by the vehicle driver made using sensors and Arduino, an open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects. There were two sensors employed in the prototype – one to monitor eyes blinking and give off an auditory alarm when the driver closes his eyelids for more than 3 seconds and another to check alcohol content through breath analysis. Most of the accidents are caused by drunken driving and drowsiness informed Vaishak, Shreyash (both of Class 6) and Aaron (Class 7). The kid’s team was accompanied by their trainer Praveen Ollala. Kids of such young age being aware of this problem and coming up with a solution are testimony to the ingenuity of today’s generation.
Several models viz. Solar irrigation; Material for construction made using husk, wooden chips, tree branches, etc.; Making White coal (a form of fuel produced by drying chopped wood) using wood shavings, bamboo sticks, millet sticks, etc.; Bio-fertilizer Promotion; Ideas of innovation using laser security alarm; Automatic streetlights, Automatic irrigation, water purification, etc. had the visitors in awe.
In the two days (31 Jan, 1 Feb) that the science fair was held over 5000 plus school students from different schools in nearby towns and villages visited it. 
Cash prize of up to Rs.25,000 were offered by RGUKT-Basar for the winners. The winners were announced in the evening.
The first prize comprising of Cash Prize of Rs.10,000/- along with Excellence Certificates were given away. Two teams won the first prize.
The project on ‘Segregation of Dry and Wet Waste’ of Kendriya Vidyala, Uppal team comprising of Harsha, Manjima and Mehek along with Mentor teacher Mr. Praveen won first prize.
Along with this, the project ‘Automatic Fertilizer Dispenser’ of Telangana Model School, Shankerpalli team comprising of Md. Amer, Nagdeesh along with Mentor Vinay Kumar won the first prize.
The second prize comprised of Cash Prize of Rs.8,000 along with certificates were won by two teams viz. Project ‘Soil Moisture Sensor’ of Telangana Model School, Navipet comprising of S. Vershitha, Mohana Rupa along with Mentor Shrikanth and Project ‘Waste Material converted into White Coal’ of ZPHS, Mukphal comprising of S. Pooja, T. Shrenika and P. Shruti along with Mentor A. Sarojana Laxmi.
The third prize comprised of Cash Prize of Rs.2000 along with certificates was won by Project ‘Wastage removal from Water’ of Vignan High School, Nizamabad comprising of N. Nithin and A. Rakesh Redd along with Mentor K. Sanjeev Kumar.