madurai: The scientific prowess of students on display at the Dist exhibition | Madurai News

Madurai: Up to 362 students from public schools in Madurai participated in the district-level science exhibition held at the Madurai Institute of Social Sciences on Wednesday by showcasing creative and innovative models.
Mr. Mubarak Basha, a student from HSS Corporation, Sundararajapuram, displayed a special stick that alerts visually impaired people with an alarm if they are too close to an obstacle. “Within the minimum radius if there is an object or a person, the alarm beeps. It will be very useful for the visually impaired and costs just Rs 700 to manufacture,” he said. Students in class IX to XII from 180 public schools had created projects on the themes of food, materials, “The world of living things around us”, the movement of things, people and ideas, “How things work”, natural phenomena and natural resources, to be displayed at the exhibition.
Another student, R Anisha from the HSS government, Mapalayam, had made a miniature model explaining the operation of the hydraulic crane by air pressure. “I used mostly cardboard and plastic syringes to build this model. When the syringe is depressed, the air pressure causes the miniature crane arm to rise which can also support the weight of small objects,” The students had made the models with materials that were simple and readily available and cost less or scraps such as cardboard, thermocol, glass and plastic bottles, graph paper and yarn. Some of the detailed models in the exhibition included Madurai Model – Smart City, Pamban Bridge, Nuclear Reactor and ATM, among others.
On Wednesday morning, the exhibit was opened by District Collector S Aneesh Sekhar who interacted with the students in the presence of District Director of Education R Swaminathan and other officials. A team of seven judges including teachers and college professors will select three winners in each of seven categories who will receive certificates and prizes. The exhibition will be open on Thursday for classes VI to XII.

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