Nearly 200 school children from different parts of Odisha had a pip into the world of rapidly emerging technology when they took part in two separate Summer Techno Camps organised by the SOA Deemed to be University here early this month.

Over 100 school students attended the camp organised at the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering of SOA, from June 3 to 9 when they got exposure through project based learning in the fields of Mechanical, Electrical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics, Civil Engineering, Computer Application, Climate Science, Robotics, Mechatronics, Physics and Mathematics.

A separate Techno Camp was also organised by ITER’s department of Electronics and Communication Engineering from June 4 to 8 which was attended by around 80 school students. Those studying in Class six to twelve were invited for the camps.

“The objective of the camp was to engage young minds with emerging technology and provide them exposure through project based learning in different fields,” Prof. P.K.Nanda, SOA’s Dean (Research and Development) and acting Vice-Chancellor, said.

“The students began with brainstorming on projects taken up and ended with physical prototypes,” said Prof. Renu Sharma, Head of the department of Electrical Engineering.

The projects completed by the participating students included smart line follower, smart dustbin, stirling engine, hydraulic JCB, rain water harvesting, building with vertical garden, wireless power, inverter, arduino based projects, web page design and fun with Android. Trained faculties and technical staff of SOA assisted the students in completing the projects. Members of different student chapters like American Society of Mechanic Engineers (ASME) , American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) also extended their help.

The camp organised by the Electronics and Communication Engineering department enabled the students to get hands on training on advanced topics of Electronics which impacted daily life and included Automatic Street Light, Automatic Water Level Indicator and Electronic Voting Machine.

Quizzes and painting competitions were also held among the participants on the occasion of World Environment Day for which prizes and certificates were distributed by Prof. Nanda and Prof. P.K.Sahu, Dean of ITER. Prof. Bibhu Prasad Mohanty, Head of the department of ECE said the feedback received from the participants indicated that they were greatly excited by the programme.

Prof. (Dr.) D.P.Ray, Principal Advisor to the President of SOA, Ms. Palli Patnaik, Principal of Mother Public School and Mr. Bipin Kumar Sahu, Principal of DAV School, Kalinga Nagar graced the valedictory function held on Sunday. Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das, SOA’s Dean (Students’ Welfare), SOA’s Deputy Registrar, Dr. Madhubrata Mohanty and Deputy Controller (Exam), Ms. Trupti Das were also present.

Heads of department of different departments involved in the camp Prof. D.N.Thattoi, Prof. Niranjan Nayak, Prof. Ajit Nayak, Prof. Manas Das, Prof. Debahuti Mishra, Prof. Tripti Swarnakar, Prof. Jayant Dash, Prof. S.K.Kamila and Prof. P.C.Dash and Coordinator Ms. Swetarani Biswal supervised the programme.

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