VISAKHAPATNAM: Ever wondered how babas keep floating in the air, how mysterious coins handed out by magicians disappear after a while, or how magicians make a man is a glass box melt? Through practice and great accuracy, tricks can be executed and a naive man can be fooled. Even as a lot of people have made attempts to explain the tricks and techniques behind such illusions over a long period of time, another such attempt is being made at the ongoing Vizag Fest 2015.
Sir CV Raman Shastra Sanketika Pranganam, the much-exciting science and technology pavilion has caught the attention of the students of about 14 engineering colleges, three medical colleges, polytechnic and ITI colleges from the city and Vizianagaram. The event was organised by Jana Vignana Vedika, an organisation that strives to explain scientific concepts to students in a simpler way and encourage science amongst them.
When asked about the whole idea behind the event, the organisers said that it is to promote science among students and encourage their creativity and innovation.
The fair had around 200 students from various colleges and schools displaying prototypes of mechanical and robotic arms, functioning metal and alcohol detectors and motorbike engines among others. Architectural models of famous structures like the Golden Bridge at San Francisco, Rotating Tower of Dubai and railway tunnels have also been put up, with students explaining the subtle but awe-inspiring workings behind the structures.
Some of the most interesting models are the Staircase Trolley that can be used in hospitals and an engine that runs on compressed air rather than fuel.
Everyone knows that only medical students get to see how a diseased organ looks like. But, thanks to NRI College and Andhra Medical College, everyone got an opportunity to see how an organ looks like after it is infected by a disease. There were charts, presentations and videos on seasonal diseases, their symptoms and cures. Pictures and posters of scientists and their achievements have been put up to draw the attention of visitors.
Apart from general students and teachers, the working class also took a lot of interest to make models that show the practical application of theoretical concepts.
For the students of classes 10 and below, Jana Vignana Vedika organised a handson learning workshop where each group were given a science kit to explore their creativity by assembling parts. Also, for those who are interested in astronomy, a video presentation explaining the universe was presented.
This is the first time that such a fest was organised in Vizag where almost all the educational institutions have come together under the same roof to showcase the cream of their student pool.
Kartheek Raj, a student of Gonna Institute of Technology said, “These types of exhibitions should be conducted more often in our country. The platform should be elevated since it does not reach everyone. Exposure has to be increased since a small idea can be a big game changer.”
The fest is on till April 18 at the AU Engineering College Grounds.