Children's Science Congress begins - The New Indian Express

Children's Science Congress begins

Published: 13th November 2013 12:24 PM

Last Updated: 13th November 2013 12:24 PM

Kerala is more in need of finding ways to conserve energy than generating it, Power and Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed said here on Tuesday. He was addressing young participants at the statelevel competition of the 21st National Children’s Science Congress (NSCS) that got underway here. The state’s electricity consumption has been increasing by 8 to 10 per cent every year, but there is no proportionate rise in power production, the minister said. ‘’This calls for a shift to unconventional energy sources,’’ he said, adding that electricity wastage at homes should be minimised. Calling for a system to groom young scientific talents, the minister cited the 18-month-old Startup Village in Kochi as an example of a “success story where youth are excelling in a venture related to science and technology”. ‘’The KSEB has already given start-up village Rs 100 lakh in two instalments for its innovation centre which is coming on its premises,’’ he said. He hoped that the young delegates at the Science Congress should follow the Startup Village spirit. The two-day congress, being held at the Mar Gregorios Renewal Centre at Nalanchira, has young scientific talents from across the state gathered to put forth their ideas and solutions to combat the energy crisis. The theme this year being ‘Energy: Explore, Harness and Conserve’, around 77 projects broaching various aspects of energy, its use, wastage and ways to improve efficiency are being presented before a panel of judges. Some projects, like that of Perambra Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode, looked at energy systems and how energy efficiency may be improved through everyday activities. The team from Perambra had, for instance, conducted a study on the energy efficiency of cooking vessels through a survey of around a hundred houses in the panchayat. Others, like DVMNNM HSS Maranalloor, presented projects focussing on the energy use particular to their region. The students of this school focused on the energy efficiency of rubber-smoke houses, used for drying sheets, as Maranalloor was an area with rubber plantations. Yet others brought with them models of their innovations that they felt could be used in homes. Where the team from Sri Bhuwaneswari School, Alappuzha, brought with them a working model of their solar cooker, the students of the Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya, Ernakulam brought one of a Vertical Axis Windmill with Inverter (VAWMI) aimed at sustainable tapping of energy. Around 77 projects (24 in the junior category, 53 in senior) which were cleared from the respective districtlevel competitions are being presented at the two-day NCSC. From these, 16 projects (10 from senior and six from the junior category) will be selected for the nationallevel competition to be held in Bhopal from December 27-31. The final results will be declared on Wednesday, when Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, will give away the prizes. Also present at Tuesday’s inaugural ceremony were C P Aravindakshan, chairman of the NCSC’s academic committee, state coordinator Kamalakshan Kokkal, KSCSTE director George Varghese, NCSC academic committee coordinator K P Thrivikramji, KSCSTE council member-secretary K K Ramachandran and scientific officer P Harinanarayanan.

 

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