Inspire Science Exhibition-2010, organised here by the National Science and Technology Department and the Department of General Education jointly on Saturday, showcased talents of hundreds of students, who demonstrated their innovative science projects for the public.
As many as 120 projects, selected from 17 educational sub-districts, were displayed in a specially arranged venue at the Government Model Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode.
The Windmill Irrigation Device, presented by the students of Iringannur Higher Secondary School, drew wide attention. B.M. Abhai, who introduced the functioning of the device to the visitors, said it would be highly useful in reducing power consumption for irrigation.
“The device, which we designed at a cost of Rs.3,000, can be used without depending on any other source of energy. Once installed, the user need not spend any additional money on its maintenance,” he said. According to Abhai, the project would be more useful for farmers residing close to inland water sources.
The ‘virgin coconut oil, gasifier and activated carbon plant', presented by students of Savio Higher Secondary School, Devagiri, unveiled a new scientific method to process coconut oil. The project also highlighted the scope of processing coconut shells for producing cooking gas at a minimal cost.
“The plant can be made use for producing coconut oil capsules for export purposes,” said Abhinav Krishnan, who explained the technological sides of the project. “Our science club prepared the project with the support of 20 students, he said.
Some of the budding scientists evinced keen interest in exposing various threats against the ecological system in their locations. K. Dinu, a student from the GGHSS, Ramanattukara, made a presentation on how the wetlands in their school premises would be affected by the setting up of the proposed Knowledge Park by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation
A biological record, prepared by his team of students, showed that 38 different species of herbs and five varieties of mangroves would be completely uprooted from the location. Once the plot is levelled for construction, it would also affect the mass migration of birds in the Kadalundi bird sanctuary, the study said.
P.P. Purushothaman, general convener of the expo, said six projects would be selected from the programme for representing the district in a State-level contest. “The government sanctioned a special fund for facilitating the Inspire expo here,” he added.
The one-day exhibition was inaugurated by district panchayat standing committee chairman M. Radhakrishnan. K.V. Vinod Babu, Deputy Director of Education, presided over the function.