Bright sparks on display at Science Fest

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Uzma Bano, a Class 8 student from Lucknow, took no more than a month to design and build a solar-powered air conditioner to help relieve long power cuts her school would endure during summer months.

That was reward in itself for this daughter of a cold drink seller. But to be sharing her invention on Monday with 700 school students from various parts of the country at the India International Science Festival (IISF) at IIT-Delhi made for an exciting feeling.

“My design will help children in the school as well to save electricity. This is eco-friendly and will not cause global warming,” Bano said.

Her AC consists primarily of a 25 litre ice-box, a portable table fan, and a solar panel. And it cost her about Rs 3,500!

Bano’s is just one of the 800 projects made and displayed at IISF by pupils of classes 6 to 10 from across the country, offering energy solutions to a world that is desperate to move away from burning more hydrocarbons.

Participants, representing all states and remotest of places, including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, had to win district and state-level science competitions to qualify for IISF. Their models had to be built keeping in mind the problem their district or state was facing.

From a garbage management system to a solar-powered hybrid bicycle and a thermoelectric generator, the students brought the best of their ingenuity to bear on the challenges their communities faced.

Oza Alaykumar’s ‘artificial tree and wind tunnel’ was adjudged the best model. The boy from Gujarat’s Mehsana district got the gold medal for it.

Silver medal was bagged by Ananya Y.R. of Karnataka’s Chikkmagaluru district for her ‘biodegradable plastic’ model.

Prithvi Raj of Jharkhand’s Garhwa district won the bronze for his jacket that helps the blind.

In addition to top honours, 57 participants were given awards of appreciation.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here