From a Mars Rover, a prototype of an automated motor vehicle that propels itself across the surface of the planet by IIT-Bombay students, to workshops on photography, draping, crafts and textiles, the exhibits at the Nehru Science Centre’s Innovation Hub belong to varied fields, united by the idea of trying something new.
The exhibition is part of a three-day event, Innovation Festival, inaugurated by nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar on Friday at the Nehru Science Centre, Worli. Participants from fields of art, craft, science and technology from across the country will showcase new and emerging concepts at the event.
The Centre is a National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) establishment and the “festival aims at providing a platform for such artisans, creators, makers and innovators to showcase their innovation, talent and creativity” to a large number of visitors especially school children.
While addressing the audience at the innovation festival most of whom comprised of school and college students Kakodkar said, “Innovation about ideas. one must think about an issue and a problem and come out with ways to solve it. If your idea fails to convert into an action, a product, a solution then its not an innovation. You must have an idea and you must take it to its logical end, in terms of usable product or a usable process. If we want India to flourish in terms of innovation these things should be considered. India is a country where ideas flow, however there are tendencies of people to kill others idea.”
Aiming at encouraging young students Kakodkar said, “ If you want to bring in innovation it has to start from a very young age as the ability to ask question is more in kids as we grow up it gets lesser. Where there no basic science laboratories available in schools, we aim that here should be labs in every school which can teach students more that just structured experiments. Students need a mentor who can teach them unstructures experiments apart from those from the textbooks.”
To foster an out-of-the-box thinking approach as described by the Shivprasad Khened, the director of Nehru Science centre, the festival has the make and remake sessions, creativity from scrap projects, ‘challenge yourself’ booths, hands-on opportunity spaces, and design contests for school and college students, in addition to lectures/workshops.
“In a unique blend of art and science as part of the festival we have organised workshops in photography, draping, knitted ornaments, crafts and textiles such as kalamkari (Andhra Pardesh), pottery, Warli tribal art and hand block printing (Maharashtra), sholapith (West Bengal) and lehariya (Rajasthan). Apart from this we have stall of 3D Body Scanning, &3D Body Scanning & Mass customisation), demonstrations, challenge yourself corner, idea box, etc. In this Festival Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, STAB Teams of students of IIT Bombay – IITB Electric Racing Car, Mars Rover, & Technovation, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Innovation Foundation, Agastya International Foundation, Paramparik Karigar, UIDAI, Godrej,Mumbai’s Dabbawala,” said Khened. He added, “ The innovation hub is fifth of its kind in the country.”