VIJAYAWADA: For once, KBN College in the city, has turned into a melting pot of science and technology as budding scientists showcased their talent and innovation. The projects displayed by school students from six districts in the state during the ‘Inspire 2015’, a science exhibition, organised on the campus on Monday by the education department to encourage students with innovative mind, has had a mesmerising effect on the visitors.
From a simple project on production of energy from plants using electrodes inserted at the roots to a complicated one like unmanned fire tender, the students came out with different solutions to every day needs.
Popular themes like irrigation, bio-energy, plastic energy, solar energy, greenhouse technology, prevention of road and rail accidents and management of solid waste featured among the 604 science projects on display.
Students from various schools in the city made a beeline to KBN College to have a glance at the exhibits. They were explained by the participating students about their projects, principles behind them and their purpose.
One project that caught the attention of visitors was that related to GIS/ GPS helmet which alerts the police and family members in case of an accident and indicates the exact location. Exhibits on solar cookers and heaters were also displayed.
As there is an increased focus on agriculture, the students have also come out with models of equipment that could employ hydraulic principles. Integrated agriculture management, variations in drip irrigation, remote- operated pumpsets using mobile phones, hydroponics, anti-collision systems and power from garbage were some of the other subjects dealt with by the students.
Expressing happiness over the interest of the students in science and technology and their eagerness to contribute to the society using what they have learnt, irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, who inaugurated the exhibition, asked the participants to work hard to realize their dreams.
During an interaction with the minister, many students said APJ Abdul Kalam was their inspiration and they wanted to be like him when they grew up.
Appreciating their spirit, the minister wanted them to do well in studies and contribute to the nation-building.
ZP chairperson G Anuradha, mayor K Sridhar, MLC AS Ramakrishna, NCERT director MV Rajyalakshmi, DEO K Nageswara Rao, KBN College chairman U Sambasiva Rao, college correspondent Raji Kumar and others were present.