Once one imbibes the culture of innovation – not necessarily a scientist or engineer, may be a poet, artist or journalist – he/she is more likely to imbibe what it means to be truly scientifically literate. He/she is more likely to vote in ways that promote such a culture. Such persons don’t fight science and they don’t fight technology. In short, innovation and scientific temper always go hand-in-hand. It was this thought process that motivated the Science Awareness Programme (SAP) project of the College to organise a one-day workshop for school students on 6 July 2019 with the theme “Innovations in Science”. The SAP team chose the areas of solar power and robotics technology as the vehicles to introduce the ideas of innovation to the participants of the workshop. The workshop was organised with the support by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
The activities connected with the workshop were conducted in the Main Seminar Hall of the College. As many as 109 students from as many as ten different schools in Thrissur district participated in the workshop.
Dr Latha Raj, Director, Students Welfare and Social Projects, VICT, welcomed everyone to the workshop. She gave an overview of the various activities of the Science Awareness Programme. Dr C B Saji, Principal, delivered the presidential address. The programme was inaugurated by lighting the traditional lamp by Dr K K Ramachandran, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engg. Dept, Govt Engg College, Thrissur jointly with the school students and teachers participating in the workshop. Er G Mohanachandran, Executive Director, delivered a special address. Ms Akhila R, Assistant Professor, EEE Dept and Convenor, Science Awareness Programme proposed the vote of thanks.
Session on solar power
The later part of the forenoon session was handled by Dr K K Ramachandran. He started with the very basics of solar energy and its applications. He also discussed on solar thermal power and solar photovoltaics. It was a really interactive session and accepted well by students
Technology of robotics
The afternoon session was handled by Mr Sreekanth Madhavan, CEO, Kabani Technologies. It was really an interesting session where the resource person also showed one of a developed robot that his neighbour kid made. The students had lots of questions and were very receptive. The session came to an end at 3.45 pm.
There was a brief informal valedictory session where Ms Akhila R, SAP Convenor, presented certificates to the participants.