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Category IGNITE 2009
Title Aiming Small is a Crime: Rekindling Children’s Creativity
Abstract Ignite campaign by NIF to recognise and reward the creative genius of children from all over the country has received considerable momentum with increase in the number of entries received and districts covered in 2008-9. As our readers may well be aware of the heritage of the campaign, the birthday of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India is celebrated as Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by Honey Bee Network and NIF.
Details NIF has been recognising the efforts of school children right from its first award function. However, no special efforts were made to scout the entries from children till 2007 when first round of IGNITE competition was started. Central Board of Secondary Education became the willing partner and it was decided to celebrate October 15, the birth day of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day. Ignite 2009 contest [15th April to 15th September, 2009] mobilized participation of students from 82 districts of 21 states of the country. A total of 1344 ideas and innovations were received dealing with energy, transport, general household utility items and many societal problems. The awards were declared on 15th October, 2009 and the function was organized on 30th November, 2009 at IIM-Ahmedabad. Dr Kalam interacted with each of the winner by visiting his/her stall and listening to their ideas or innovations. He encouraged children to take these ideas further to convert them into useful products, thus solving many problems of the society. In his speech, he inspired children to be creatively engaged in knowledge building keeping in mind the message: ‘Learning blossoms creativity’ which got strengthened by the equation, “knowledge = creativity + righteousness + courage + indomitable spirit”. He felt that 300 million children with ignited minds were the greatest force that India has. Dr Kalam encouraged the children to become great inventors and discoverers of national or international repute. He sparkled the spirit of the children by recalling the story of Srikanth. When he met him, Srikanth dreamt of becoming the first visually challenged President of India. He wanted the whole education system to be turnaround in such a way that every student could say: ‘I can do it’. He exhorted the children to take oath for the youth, “From today onwards, I will make my mother smile everyday” because if mother smiles, family smiles and a single effort made can light up the entire family setup with happiness. While concluding, Dr Kalam asked the children to begin by taking the ‘Oath for the Youth’: - I will have a goal and work hard to achieve that goal. I realize that small aim is a crime. - I will be a good member of my family, a good member of the society, a good member of the nation and a good member of the world. - I will always try to save or better someone’s life, without any discrimination of caste, creed, language religion or state. Wherever I am, a thought will always come to my mind. That is, “What can I give?” - I will always remember that “Let not my winged days, be spent in vain”. - I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity. - I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all my tasks and enjoy the success of others. IGNITE AWARDS Upto Class VII Triangular Wheels (First) Yatharth Saxena, class V, Campus School, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand This is an arrangement of three wheels on both the sides of an axle. It can be used in carrying luggage strollers on the stairs more comfortably. Lavatories with Auto Washing Pipe (Second) Sasmita Nayak, VII, Govt. High School, Kendujhar, Orissa A water fitted to the toilet door by a spring mechanism that splashes water on the floor and in the toilet when a person opens the door. This way, toilets in railway bogies can be kept clean with minimal water wastage. Rain Water Harvesting Umbrella with Filter (Third) Saihiel Bakshi, VI, Vasant Valley School, Delhi Integrating funnels in an umbrella, Saihiel has made a model, which can harvest rain water. The water from the funnels is led into a filter and then collected in a bottle. This water can be stored and used. Consolation Ambulances/Fire Brigades with Integrated GPS Meenakshi Padhi, VII, DPS Nalconagar, Angul, Orissa In order to avoid traffic during emergencies, Meenakshi suggests that ambulances/fire brigades fitted with GPS devices can be integrated with traffic system so that path can be cleared for them by appropriate changing of lights on traffic signals. For instance, as the ambulance comes near a traffic junction, lights will turn green for it to pass through while stopping the traffic across its path. Water Clock with a Water Alarm! Eram Khatoon, VII, Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya, Vrindavan West Champaran, Bihar This is an idea about a water clock that sprays water on the user according to a preset time. Eram says that she made such a device in order to prevent children from being late to school. The device can save mothers of a lot of worry every morning (Nadakattin had designed similar arrangement decades ago, Honey Bee, 11(4) & 12(1): 11-12; 2000-2001). Class VIII to X Automatic Food Making Machine (First) Abhishek Bhagat, X, Adwait Mission Public School, Bhagalpur, Bihar Who has not wished to have a machine which can cook one’s chosen recipe every time exactly as one wished it to be? Such a machine will not elude us any more, if Abhishek’s innovative food machine can come in the market. Kitchen King has 12 boxes that can contain different ingredients with a display screen to select options to cook different items. The required quantity of each ingredient fed into the machine would fall in to the cooking pot in the pre planned proportion and sequence to cook the desired dish. Integrating Gait with Security Systems in Mobiles (Second) Anurag Rathore, IX, Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar Cantt., Punjab Anurag wants to integrate the gait of a person with a mobile. As walking style differs from person to person, the software will be able to identify the signals based on the body movements while walking. If the mobile, once activated, senses a different movement, it will lock itself and send a message about its location to a predefined number. The system will also have a password option so that in cases of emergency, the original user can unlock it. Since no two people walk alike, one’s cell phone will not work in another person’s hands. System to Provide a Mirror with Extended View while Over-taking a Vehicle (Third) Ujjwal Jain, X, Nirmala Rani High School, Bangalore, Karnataka This device mainly shifts the area of view along the axis of the mirror. This is done in order to enable the driver to extend the rear- view and side-view. Consolation Body Heat and Pulse to Charge Cell Phone Sarojini Mahajan, IX, St. Mark’s Sr. Secondary School, Delhi A gadget can be developed to utilize the body heat or the stimulus of pulse to charge a cell phone. Interestingly, this idea was picked up by Stanford University faculty for exploring its feasibility for charging batteries of e-book. Fire Hose Supporter Abhishek Srikanth, IX, Global Indian International School, East Coast Campus, Singapore The jet of water that shoots out of a hose is very strong and the reaction force on the fire-fighter is difficult to handle. Hence, a foldable stand could be developed which is connected to the fire-hose by a spring mechanism. The angle of the hose is also flexible. This enables less strain and ensures a steady spraying of water jet at desired targets. Putting to Use Waste Water from RO Systems Ramya Ahuja, X, Vasant Valley School, Delhi. This is an idea to use the waste water from Reverse Osmosis system for different domestic purposes like washing and cleaning. Ramya has made a model that may help save about 20 litres water per day in a household. Travel Bags with Folding Seats Nisha Chaube, X, Ryan International School, Noida Uttar Pradesh Considering the problem commuters have to face while waiting for buses/trains at stations, Nisha has suggested incorporating light-weight folding seats in travelling bags so that the commuter can use it to sit for some time when required. Bus with Approach Alert System Pallavi Sharma, IX, Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar Cantt., Punjab Pallavi has an idea of a school bus, which gives an alert signal on SMS while approaching the bus stop. No one would miss a bus this way!! She came up with this idea as she did not like to waste her time every day waiting for the bus. Class XI-XII Breathing Sensor Apparatus to Assist Physically Challenged (First) Susant Pattnaik, XI, DAV Public School, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa This system consists of a circuit, which uses the force of breathing to select several options such as food, water and others which appear in front of the users eyes and change every two to three seconds. It thus enables paralyzed/physically challenged people articulate their wish and be self-reliant in routine activities. Sushant has designed a proof-of-concept electronic circuit of a wheel chair, which can be navigated through commands given by changing breathing patterns, just like a morse code. He got an excellent response at an innovation exhibition organised by The President’s office with the support of NIF at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently (March 10-14, 2010). Flameless Seal Maker (Second) Masha Nazeem, XI, Vidya Vikas School, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu The traditional way of sealing covers or boxes uses lac heated at a very high temperature. It is a hazardous job. It has been so used in India since the Mughal Era. The flameless seal maker eliminates the use of fire to melt lac and also ensures uniform treatment or seal imprint. Just fill the device with lac, plug it into power supply and one can then control the flow of the lac with a piston. There is little chance of getting burns too. Consolation Apparatus to Increase the Life of Mosquito Coils Prakhar Parashar, XII, Saraswati Higher Secondary School, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh This is a tested apparatus that increases the life of a mosquito coil considerably. Without using the apparatus, about five inches of the coil burns in one hour, whereas by using it, only four inches burn in the same time. Thus 20 percent extra life helps in controlling mosquitoes for that much time extra. Pressure Detector for Water Pipelines Himala Joshi, Class XI, Aryaman, Vikram Birla Institute of Learning, Nainital, Uttarakhand In many places in India, water is supplied for one or two hours only in a day. People have to keep turning taps every few minutes to check the water supply. Himala has designed a pressure detector fitted in the pipeline. It rings an alarm immediately on sensing the flow of water, thus alerting people in time. Preventing Clothes from Getting Wet in Rain Piyush Agarwal, XI, DAV Public School, Hazaribag, Jharkhand When it rains, a motor can get triggered by salt that absorbs atmospheric moisture/sensor. It would pull the rope under the shade so that clothes don’t get wet. This may save housewives an additional chore! It now has a provision that when sun light comes back, clothes will automatically come back in the open It was received very well at an innovation exhibition organised by The President’s Office (report in the next issue) recently. Special Mention Tiny Savings through Mobile Recharges Praanshu Goyal, X, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Agra, Uttar Pradesh Praanshu felt that since many rural people do not yet have an access to banking facilities, they have not cultivated a habit of saving. But mobile phone usage has become very popular. He suggested that every time a person gets his cell phone recharged, a part of the recharge amount can be diverted by the Mobile Service Provider company towards small saving. Transactions like payments, withdrawal and transfer of this money can also be facilitated via mobiles. Special Appreciation Hiranmay Mahanta, student, SVNIT-Surat, was appreciated for his efforts in getting over a 100 thousand projects undertaken by engineering students from colleges all over India, uploaded on techpedia.sristi.org or techedia.in, created by SRISTI to link innovations in search of augmentation with the students and also strengthen links with technology student, industry and informal sector.
Volume No. Honey bee 20 (4), 8 to 9, 2009 & 2010