Shang­hai-bound Thane stu­dents eye suc­cess

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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