School students showcase promising prototypes they built at Change.Makers summer boot camp organised by IIT Delhi
New Delhi- Twenty-five high schoolers (classes 11 and 12) successfully completed a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) summer boot camp ‘Change.Makers’ organised by IIT Delhi and showcased the prototypes built by them on Friday.
On this occasion, IIT Delhi also felicitated the boot camp students for their exceptional positivity, hard work, dedication and performance.
The school students received valuable guidance from IIT Delhi faculty and student mentors and used state-of-the-art facilities available at the Makerspace (a DIY Central Research Facility at IIT Delhi) to convert their impactful ideas to reality. Prof. Jay Dhariwal, faculty at IIT Delhi’s Department of Design, was coordinator for the Change.Makers boot camp.
The summer boot camp, an initiative by the Institute’s Academic Outreach and New Initiatives office, started with the students forming into teams and choosing the right problems to work on in the first week. They learnt the project relevant fabrication skills in the second week at the Makerspace.
The students built and refined the functional prototypes of their electro-mechanical projects under the mentorship of the Institute faculty and students in the third and the fourth weeks.
The nine student team projects were about rehabilitation exercise monitoring, automating reuse of R.O. filtered water, aeroponics, trekker safety, quadruped terrain mapping robot, avoiding drowsiness in drivers, stretcher convertible seat in vehicles, real time text to braille translator and a rolling robot.
Speaking about the summer boot camp, Prof Rangan Banerjee, Director, IIT Delhi said, “It was fascinating to see the enthusiasm, ideas and initiative of the young school students. We hope to enthuse school children to learn by doing and solve societal problems.”
During the boot camp, the students were also given tours of different research labs in the institute where they got to interact with leading researchers in the sciences and technology disciplines.
Kishlay Kisu, a school student who was part of the boot camp, said, “I am very grateful to be here. It opened so many opportunities for me. Now, the space for exploring my opportunities has become limitless! I want to thank everyone for this bootcamp. Here, I learnt many new things, more than my curriculum could ever provide! Thank you.”
Mrinalini Singh, another school student, said, “My experience at IIT Delhi DIY bootcamp was life changing. Before the boot camp, I had no idea about power tools, electronics, or how to create CAD models. But our faculty mentors and project scientists taught us everything and we learnt to apply the theoretical knowledge to make tech that will help the mankind to step towards a sustainable future.”
The month-long boot camp, aimed at addressing some high impact societal problems, had started on 23rd May.