Summer Bootcamp for Students from Government Schools

When design meets talent

Nidhi and her team are busy giving a final touch to the smart headphone they have prepared. The excitement about her end product is writ on her face.

“It can be dangerous while walking with headphones. We decided to have an inbuilt alert system like a buzzer or a light that signals an alarm. We have used micro controller, LED bulb and sensor, for our device ” she says.

Nidhi was among the around 50 participants from the government schools of Delhi of the Summer Bootcamp organized by the Department of Design from June 4 to June 9 under the aegis of Design Innovation Center (MHRD). IIT Delhi's DIC partner IGDTUW (Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women) co-organized this event.

The participants were divided into groups of four and were assigned a project to design a product that had a societal use. All the project needs were identified by students themselves. Project teams were mentored by IIT Delhi students, two acclaimed self-made grassroots innovators Dharmendra & Kaleem and volunteers from Intellify, an IIT Delhi student startup.

A smart dustbin, parking alert device, fire alarm using sensors, potato battery, nose bug, ways to cool the hot air emanating from ACs were some of the products that the kids fleshed out from the workshop.

“We have seen a lot of enthusiasm among the students and have had almost a zero attrition. Moreover, this has been an excellent opportunity for the children of government schools to learn and innovate. Besides, this has also educated us to assess the potential, of these children" says Prof PVM Rao, Head Department of Design.

Satviik, the coordinator of the programme said that this was a great platform to enable the students to hone the designing and manufacturing skills.

The first three days were centered on learning to design and prototype and the next three days on making a product. The kids were taken on lab visits and were also exposed to laser cutting, carpentry and other designing elements.

"It has been a wonderful experience for all of us. In six days we could learn a lot," says Suraj whose team built an alert for illegal parking. The team used sensor, motion detector and camera battery.