Sam Pitroda opens third Innovation Club for children

Sam Pitroda opens third Innovation Club for children

New Delhi (ISJ): National Innovation Council plans to set up 100 'innovation clubs' across the country. These Clubs would be set up at the facilities of National Council of Science Museums by 2017. This was announced by Sam Pitroda, Chairman of National Innovation Council in New Delhi, while opening the Innovation Club at the National Science Centre.

The facility provides opportunity to children of various age groups to work during week-ends to develop their ideas in science and technology into doable projects. Membership to the Science Club is open to students on long-term hands on and minds-on engagement. The club is equipped with components namely 'Hall of Fame' with stories of inventions and inventors, several multi-media kiosks to explore major inventions, 'Innovative Laboratory' to carry out activities, experiments and projects in multi-disciplinary set up, 'Tech Lab' for Robotics and Microprocessor programming; 'Tod-Phod-Jod' (break and remake) for students to open gadgets and reassemble them on their own, 'Kabad Se Jugad' (Build from Scrap) to develop things from scrap and low-cost material. In addition, children are also encourage to identify real life problems, investigatory projects and work on solutions under the guidance of experts and mentors.

The Innovation Club at New Delhi is the third such facility in the country ? similar Clubs have been set up at the Science Centres at Bangalore and Kolkata. He urged students to "learn from environment, from outside."
"Science and curiosity has no end," Pitroda told school students. He said without science and scientists there is no future for the country. "Don't underestimate what has been done and don?t underestimate what needs to be done."
Piroda suggested all Science Centres should engage the local community and create local ecosystems to own, support and nurture these innovation hubs.
National Innovation Council has also announced setting up of university-level Innovation to train young scientists to pursue innovative research and translate it into profitable enterprises. These clusters will also provide infrastructure and guidance, including support for preparing business plans and ensuring protection of intellectual property rights. Five such clusters will start functioning from the next academic session.


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