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The Amateur Scientist 2015

By in Event, PES University on August 29, 2015

PES University believes in and follows up on this notion, giving promising young minds a platform to showcase their creativity and ingenuity to the world at large.

Out of this notion was born The Amateur Scientist; a science fest meant for budding high school genii to showcase their skills. The grand success of the Amateur Scientist 2014 has only led to greater expectations of its successor, The Amateur Scientist is a doorway to give students at the high school level, a chance to experience what lies ahead of them once they leave their cocooned life of schooling. Unlike other science fests, The Amateur Scientist provides a niche platform for the students to showcase their forte in various branches of science at a professional level.

We, at PES, idealize that young talent should be nurtured to its full potential and The Amateur Scientist aims at recognizing such talent. The fest provided a platform for the best working projects created by students between 8th and 12th standards from various institutions across India.

The Amateur Scientist should not be restricted by anything other than his/her imagination and curiosity. To add more flavor to the event, Hands on Electronics workshop (Automatrix), Fun fair, Aero show, Model building competition (Celeritate) and Quiz created awareness about the ever evolving fields of science and technology.

As a cherry on top, Shri. N R Narayana Murthy, IT industrialist and the Co-Founder of Infosys honored our event as the Chief Guest and answered one on one questions from the students for more than 60 minutes. He also emphasized the need for discipline among the students.

He challenged the students with four questions and asked them to think of the science behind the solution. The questions were as follows…

1. Imagine you are on the surface of moon and seeing the earth from there. When will the earth set?

2. You have a video camera with which you are recording the fall of an object from a certain height. Its velocity goes on increasing due to ‘g’. If you were to play the recording backwards, will the object accelerate upwards or downwards?

3. Dig a hole in earth, say 500 metres deep. Send someone down below, to the end of the hole. Will the acceleration due to gravity ‘g’ be higher or lower at the end of the hole? How much higher or lower?

4. If you touch a live wire you will get an electric shock. What is the power dissipated when you touch it? (The electric resistance of a normal human body is 100,000 Ω. If you are wet the resistance is reduced to 1000 Ω.)

5. Name any 5 mathematical formulae that have impacted the world most.

Overall, the event went on to surpass the expectations of all the people who had come to witness it.

Below are some facts and figures and a brief history of The Amateur Scientist.
• The Amateur Scientist was started in the year 2010.
• Primarily done to encourage pure and applied sciences among the school kids and to provide wonderful time for a that single day for all the kids who are participating and visiting
• The participants and visitors have been steadily increasing every year reflecting the growing interest among the students for TAS
• The Amateur Scientist started off as just a science project exhibition, but today it is a science fest involving activities like Quiz, Aeroshow, Funfair, Model marking competition, Hands on electronic workshop among others.
• In 2010, the total footfall for TAS was around 1000
• In 2014, the total footfall increased to 3000 and this year, we are expecting 4000 kids to be on campus to enjoy the various events
• In the first year of TAS, we did not have any outstation teams participating
• In 2014, we had schools from 10 states taking part in the event
• This year, we have schools from 15 states taking part in the event
• Spending in excess of 10 lakhs for the event
• 81 different and unique science projects on display by kids from class 8 to class 12
• 750 kids participating in the hands on electronic workshop called AutoMatrix wherein the kids build the circuitry and learn the intricacies of the Electronic Automation which is a part of our everyday life today
• 80 different RC controlled cars built by the students from 80 different schools participating in the model marking competition called Celeritate
• In total, 150 schools from across the country have sent in their students for TAS 2015.

The Amateur Scientist 2015 intends to Empower Students to Empower Science!!!

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