Staff Reporter

Irinjalakuda bags first place in on-the-spot contests

KALPETTA: The long queues of schoolchildren at the five venues of the 40th State Schools Science Fair was proof of the growing interest in science. Students of the schools in and around Kalpetta came to the fair and viewed the projects of young `scientists' with awe and interest.

Irinjalakuda education district bagged the first place with 2,507 points in the on-the-spot contests at the 26th Work Experience Fair, beating 38 education districts across the State. Vadakara education district bagged the second place with 2,252 points and Tirur education district the third place with 2,152 points. The `on-the-spot' competition and exhibits made by 43 students of special schools were the highlights of the 26th Work Experience Fair held in connection with the State School Science Fair.

The contests included beads work, card straw board, clay modelling, book binding, sea shell works, bamboo, umbrella and rattan works, paper craft, wood craving, coconut shell works, kora grass weaving, plastic weaving, embroidery, drawing, painting, chalk, agarbathi and candle manufacturing. As many as 600 students from special schools contested in the Work Experience Fair. "Unlike other fairs where prepared exhibits were exhibited, the students were asked to make the projects on the spot. Only three hours was allotted for the contests," K. Rajesh, special officer of the Work Experience Fair said.

The fair was held at NSS HSS, Kalpetta, where 1,824 students from 38 education districts contested in 48 items.

The Science Fair saw an abundance of scientific talent. Sharat Krishnan and Sujay K of Ottappalam Mannam Memorial NSS High School came up with `Oasis Maker Robot.' A low-cost multi-purpose exerciser developed by Jayadev J and Sabari C.P of Kattukulam HS in Palakkad district acts as a power generating equipment, washing machine and an apparatus for scrapping coconuts, all done by pedalling the pedals of a cycle.

Abdul Basith and Ramesh K of GUPS, Kudambar, in Kasaragod district had on display an eco-friendly multi-purpose stove, which uses waste as a fuel. One can boil water for drinking purposes and cook simultaneously.

Sanju Kumar and Daris James of St. Catherines HSS, Payyamppally, in Wayanad district wooed the attention of the visitors with their model of the Columbia Space Shuttle of the United States of America.

The difficulties of a physically challenged neighbour prompted Anish Kumar of NSS, Kalpetta, to come up with a novel contraption.

His neighbour could not have food without the help of women members of the household. The women had to leave in the morning for work and the man had to fend for himself. So, Anish and Anjana K of the same school came up with `Helping hands for helpless.'

The device, priced at Rs.175, operates when the aid of pedals. A spoon is used to pick up food from a plate and feed the physically challenged.

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