Ideas over production and utilisation of energy at home, in industry and for agricultural operations found expression in different forms in the science expo organised by ‘Puthiya Thalaimurai'.

For the 112 children from 15 city schools, it was an opportunity well utilised. The exhibits on show at the ‘Veettukku Oru Vignani,’ a science expo organised by ‘Puthiya Thalaimurai,’ at Ananth Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School here on Tuesday reflected the concern of children over the deteriorating power situation and the need to exploit green energy.

The students were asked to come up with their ‘invention’ under five categories — agricultural appliances, industrial products, household appliances, energy applications and biological applications. The idea behind the effort was to provide a platform for children from rural areas to compete with their urban counterparts in providing solution to society’s problems.

Ideas over production and utilisation of energy at home, in industry and for agricultural operations found expression in different forms.

The children used every available renewable source to demonstrate that conventional sources, which are depleting, need not be depended upon. Energy production from waste vegetables, urine and mud demonstrated their concern for the environment.

The following were the prize winners:

First prize: B. Vigneshwaran and S. Iniyan (ninth standard) of Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Viraganoor.

Second prize: R. Manoj Kumar and V. Balaji (eighth standard) of Sivakasi Nadar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Ellis Nagar.

Third prize: Mohamed Razik and A. T. S. Athappan (ninth standard) of Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Viraganoor.

Prizes were distributed to the winners by V. Balakrishnan, Superintendent of Police (Madurai Rural). R. B. V. Shyam Kumar, Director, Puthiya Thalaimurai, addressed the gathering.

The Hindu is the media partner for the event.

Similar exhibitions will be held in Tirunelveli (July 11), Virudhunagar, (July 19), Tuticorin (July 25), Sivaganga (July 27), Theni (July 27), Ramanathapuram (August 2) and Dindigul (August 2).

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