Shanghai-bound Thane students eye success
Four Thane students are set to make the country proud this Independence Day.
The students of AK Joshi School will represent the country in a science congress to be held in Shanghai, China, on August 15.
Two projects of the students have been selected for the international congress.
Purnima Sathe, science teacher of the school, said, “The students will display two projects in CASTIC (China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation) held in Shanghai.”
The projects to be displayed will be a wheelchair which is operated by tongue movement and an electricity generation and conservation project.
“Over 16 countries will participate in the contest. We are confident of bagging an award as our students have worked hard for it,” said Sathe. Varad Lele and Chaitanya Paranjpee display their project of the wheelchair operated on tongue movement.
The school has been participating in the competition since 2007 and has bagged an award for their project over seven times.
The four students, Ashutosh Sathe, 13, Shubham Karampure, 13, Varad Lele, 13 and Chaitanya Paranjpee,
13, are class 8 students who have been working on their projects since February.
Sathe and Karampure have worked on electricity generation model.
Sathe said, “We have used Piezo cells to generate electricity. These cells are used in the shoes of kids which light up when they walk or run. We have applied the same principle to the project. The idea stuck when we saw a small child walking with the light installed shoes.”
While Sathe has been on international trip with his family, it is the first time for other three students.
Karampure said, “I am excited to see Shanghai. I have heard a lot about its cleanliness and state-of-theart architecture. We can interact with the Chinese students of our age and know more about the education system there.”
Lele and Chaitanya who have designed the wheelchair operated on tongue movements.
Lele said, “The physically challenged people normally need assistance with their wheelchair. Our wheelchair will make them independent. The tagline of our project is where there is a wheel, there is a way.”