TINKER FEST 2018
Delhi Public School hosted the ATL Summer Tinkering Festival on July 27 & 28, 2018. Tinkerfest is a program undertaken by Atal Innovation Mission, NitiAyog, Government of India to unleash entrepreneurship and inventive skills in school students. This two-day long event was graced by the presence of Professor Deepak Chopra, HOD Physics, S.C.D. Government College for Boys, Ludhiana, as the chief guest. The program commenced with the ceremonial lighting of lamp by Prof. Chopra and Principal Mrs.Balmit Kaur followed by the welcome address delivered by Sameep Singh and Yashika Shah. Prof. Chopra in his inaugural speech spoke about eminent scientists like Einstein and Dr. Abdul Kalam and shared that they faced a multitude of failures before realizing their dreams.
On day 1 four local schools participated in the event along with the host school. These schools were divided into two groups. The first group moved to the ICT lab where the participants attended an Arduino Programming Session and learnt the basics of using various kinds of sensors. The second group went to AV room to watch a video based on the innovations that changed the lives of ordinary people. Thereafter they proceeded to the ATL to get a hands on experience with various electronic circuits and Tinkering kits. Students performed simple tasks like making a catapult and a device that draws circular pattern. After the break the two groups interchanged their venues to acquire a comprehensive knowledge about assembling and programming the available equipment.
On day 2 the students were asked to identify local problems and explore solutions for them. After a brainstorming session two problems were shortlisted and the children were handed the task to construct a prototype that would offer a potential solution to them. The two models hence constructed included – A never falling vehicle and a water level alarm. DPS students also showcased their capabilities by making five models which included: audio transmission through Laser, a safety seat belt, a coin sorter, a hydroelectric power generator and a Futuristic home. The program concluded with the presentation of the models made by the students.