Staff Reporter

The events are part of Excel 2k9, the annual techno-managerial festival organised by the students of MEC.

KOCHI: Remote controlled aircraft will enthral the audience at the aerobatic show organised by the students of Model Engineering College (MEC) at Thrikkakara on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will be held at Cochin University ground between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.). The aeroshow is part of Excel 2k9, the annual techno-managerial festival organised by the students of MEC.

A team of aviation enthusiasts from Thiruvananthapuram will provide the expertise for conducting the show in which three remote-controlled aircraft would fly at an altitude of less than 200 feet.

For budding talents who want to know more about remote-controlled aircraft, the aeroshow will also offer two control line aircraft. Eobin Alex George, student co-ordinator of the event, said the remote-controlled aircraft will achieve an airspeed more than 80 kmph.

He said that a four-wheel drive car designed by the students of MEC would also be on display. “It runs on biofuel. The 3.5 cc engine can zoom at 50 km per hour,” he said. More details about the event can he had from Eobin (9495931371).

As part of the theme of ‘think free and think open’, a free and open source software (FOSS) conference will be held during this year’s Excel. Students said the ‘progmatic solutions’ contest is another attraction.

“If you thought that the programming contests were reserved for coding geeks and only those who averaged 250 lines of code a day - think again. If you are smart enough to learn a totally new programming language and solve the problems, then you can become the progmatic champion,” the organisers said.

For those who want to stay away from all the technical stuff at Excel, there is something more exciting. Students behind the show said the event will offer competitions that will test the managerial skills of participants.

“Check how strong you are at your investment fundamentals at dalal bull through our ‘M Quest’ contest. If robots are your passion, then Excel 2k9 is the place where you should be. Build a robot that can destroy every other in a sumo wresting competition or bring a robot that can follow the line through the maze created and you will be rewarded handsomely”.