First came steam and the first machines that mechanized some of the work our ancestors did. Next was electricity, the assembly line and the birth of mass production. The third era of industry came about with the advent of computers and the beginnings of automation, when robots and machines began to replace human workers on those assembly lines.
And now we enter Industry 4.0, in which computers and automation will come together in an entirely new way, with robotics connected remotely to computer systems equipped with machine learning algorithms that can learn and control the robotics with very little input from human operators.
In order to inculcate a spirit of scientific inquiry and analytical thinking in the minds of young students, Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST) has organized the National Science Seminar on the topic “Industrial Revolution 4.0”: Are we prepared?. The programme was coordinated in association with National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) for school students of Std. VIII to X. The objective of this programme is to nurture a feeling of national integration by providing an ideal platform to the budding scientists for exchange of ideas on cutting edge of science and technology.
A total of 842 schools with 1100 students (557 boys and 543 girls), 854 teachers participated in all 33 districts in the state which was organized by the respective Community Science Centres during August 2018. Out of this, 66 students (33 boys and 33 girls), 66 escort teachers and 33 district coordinators are being invited to participate in the State Level National Science Seminar programme which was concluded on Monday, 17th September 2018 at Science City.
Each of the students were presented their thoughts and ideas before a panel of jury members. They expressed how from smartphones to smart fridges, technology has played a major role in advancing most areas of our everyday lives – but it is also transforming the world of industry.
Master Sarvagya Acharya, Std. X student of Airport School, Ahmedabad was declared as the State winner.
Dr Biswajit Mishra, Associate Professor, DA-IICT, Dr. Axay Mehta, Associate Professor, IIIT-RAM, Dr. Prerana Shelat, Associate Professor, lITE, and Dr. Krithika Rajesh, Principal, President Science College were the jury members at state science seminar competition.
Now Mr. Sarvagya Acharya will represent Gujarat at the National Science Seminar VITM, Bangalore on 5th October 2018.
The students at the State Level competition received cash award for Rs.10,000/-, Rs.7,500/- and Rs.5,000/- as first, second and third prize respectively. Besides, all participants, for their meritorious participation, got certificates and annual subscription of Safari magazines for one year.