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Innovation: A cycle device which enables lifting of 1,000 litres water up to a height of 22 ft. on display at Division-level science fair in Nalgonda.
NALGONDA: As many as 440 items are on display at the three-day ‘Inspire Awards' Nalgonda division-level Science Exhibition-2011, which was inaugurated by Zilla Parishad chairman K. Narayan Reddy. ‘Inspire' is an abbreviation for ‘innovation in science pursuit for inspired research'.
To attract talent
The basic objective of ‘Inspire' is to communicate to youth the excitement of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science system and R &D base.This objective seems to have been achieved going by the variety of exhibits. They cover all subjects---physics, chemistry, biology, environment and non-conventional energy sources. Eye-catching among them are a solar boat, an erupting volcano and a cycle device which serves both to lift water and exercise while pedalling.
The solar boat was designed by Vamsi Kiran (eighth class, ZPHS, Veliannedu) with his teacher Chandraiah as the guide. They told The Hindu that its basic concept was to increase utility of solar energy for the benefit of society.
The cycle device, inspired by the one developed by Anil of IIM, Ahmedabad was put up by Jaikesaram of ZPHS , Choutappal. It helps in lifting 1,000 litres of water to a height of 22 ft in an hour if four persons pedal the cycle for 15 minutes each. T. Naveen Reddy, a student of tenth-class of Sandeep High School, Nalgonda, also utilised a cycle, to which a motor was attached for lifting/spraying water for all purposes, including drip irrigation.
Other exhibits like a clap switch, which works on the basis of converting sound into electrical energy, and a signal to indicate filling of water in the overhead tanks, mostly used in apartments, drew crowds. Each student is allowed to spend Rs. 5,000 for an exhibit.
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