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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

HYDERABAD BUZZ: Students advocate use of clean energy!

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Express News Service / Last Updated : 09 Aug 2011 10:04:20 AM IST.

HYDERABAD: The state-level science exhibition, Inspire, at the St Patrick’s School in Secunderabad, saw the common theme of sustainable development for most exhibits on display.

The department of science and technology initiative called Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) had participants from 11 districts, exhibiting innovative scientific models. The winners of the exhibition will represent Andhra Pradesh at the national event from August 14-16 at New Delhi.

Under the INSPIRE scheme, selected students from each school from a district are given Rs 5,000 to create a scientific model. The initiative aims at promoting scientific research among students from class VI to post-graduate level.

Among the exhibits, the electronic cycle fashioned out of spare parts and used rechargeable batteries garnered maximum attention from participants and visitors alike. Sai Sri, a Class IX student at the Zilla Parishad High School, Injuram and her father Venkateswara Rao, an English teacher at the same school, developed the model with a budget of Rs 3,500 in two months’ time. “We sourced the various parts from a cycle-repair shop and used four 12-volt rechargeable batteries for the model. The cycle can average 60-70 km per hour after being charged for three hours,” explains Sai Sri, who aspires to be an IAS.

Out of the 737 exhibits, many used renewable sources of energy and addressed local problems of clean drinking water, by tapping into solar power to boil or purify water.

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