Amrita University’s science fest ‘Aarohan’ gives school students a glimpse of world of science
BENGALURU / October 17, 2017 – The ninth edition of Amrita University’s annual science fest called Aarohan received an overwhelming response from school students across Bengaluru, fostering a closer bond between the schools and an institution of higher learning. More than 1,100 students from 31 schools in Bangalore gained insights over two days into the world of science through amateur science projects, contests and games. The participating schools included Delhi Public School East, The Amaatra Academy, Harvest International School, Freedom International school, Indus International School and Treamis World School.
Inaugurating Aarohan2017, Dhanraj Swamy, Director,Bengaluru Campus, Amrita University, said: “Aarohan is Bengaluru’smost well-known science fest. It received an awe-inspiring response this year,which signifies the ever-growing nature of this gargantuan celebration ofscience. The young minds in attendance set out to acquaint themselves with theworld of science through a plethora of events and fun games. Every year, we arepleasantly surprised by the curiosity of students into various aspects ofscience and the innovative projects they showcase.”
The registration appfor Aarohan was designed by students of Amrita Institute of Engineering. QRcodes were pasted on the passports given to the participants and were scannedat every event, giving the organizers a real-time update.
The flagship eventwas the Project Exhibition inwhich students had to present their projects and showcase their creativity andknowledge in finding innovative and practical solutions for current worldproblems. A total of 27 projects around the theme of ‘social well-being’ wereexhibited. Some prominent ones included drones fitted with special HD and thermalcameras to help rescue people during natural calamities, efficienttraffic-control methods, and economical ways of producing fuel.
A hands-on workshopaimed at educating students about the design and fabrication of an ornithopter (an aircraft thatflies by flapping its wings) generated great interest, with more than 100students attending. The participants were coached by experienced engineeringstudents who explained the basics and helped them through the construction ofthe aircraft.
Among the 18 fungames, ‘The Quest’ testedthe aptitude and analytical skills of students, while ‘Technical Hunt’ and ‘Circuitricks’honed their circuit-debugging skills. ‘CastleWars’ put construction skills of students to test by building a castleusing cardboard boxes. They had to exhibit their coordination by attacking theenemy castle with five tennis balls, while defending their own. ‘Mathemmentum Contour’ brought outthe inner mathematicians of students as they worked their way through Sudokuchallengs and riddles, as well as a combination of Pictionary and JAM. ‘Game of Sprites’ was the ultimatebattle of gamers that provided the participants a platform to develop their owngame with boundless dimensions. “Glideator,”a major crowd puller, tested the basics application of aerodynamics. Teams hadto solve a set of riddles to obtain a set of data and build the best performingglider which was put through an actual test flight.
A cultural fiesta ofmusic and dance performances was followed by the valedictory ceremony whereprizes worth Rs 4 lakhs weredistributed to winning students. The overall championship trophy of Aarohan’17was bagged by Delhi Public School, Bangalore East. The second and thirdplaces were won by Freedom International School, Bangalore, and AmritaVidyalayam, Bengaluru, respectively. The Chief Guest Jayanthi Prabhakar,Principal, Freedom International School, addressed the students and emphasizedthe role that science fests like Aarohan play in highlighting the genius ofyoung minds.