New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, will organise a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) summer boot camp named ‘Change. Makers’ for high schoolers. The students of classes 11th and 12th will be able to use the Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities to convert their impactful ideas to reality, during the boot camp.
The non-residential boot camp from 23rd May to 24th June 2022 will begin with hands-on, rapid prototyping-based training in digital fabrication techniques. The training will be conducted at the Makerspace (a DIY facility at IIT Delhi). After the training, the students will continue to avail the IIT Delhi facilities until the end of the boot camp to build projects to address some high-impact societal problems.
The nature of the projects includes crating an electro-mechanical prototype for the problem at hand. The kind of projects possible can range from building an air pollution monitor to a medical device for the visually impaired to smart furniture.
“We urge Change.Makers, i.e. the 11th and 12th grade students passionate about tinkering and building things, to use their interests and skills to bring about a positive change in the society. Government initiatives on tinkering have helped the school students instil a culture of innovation and a mindset of problem solving. Change.Makers summer boot camp will build on these initiatives by providing world class R&D facilities and mentorship to selected students committed to making their impactful products and solutions reach closer to implementation,” said Prof. Jay Dhariwal, Coordinator, Change.Makers summer boot camp, IIT Delhi.
The boot camp will also allow IIT Delhi students to mentor these highly spirited school students. It will further strengthen the DIY culture within the Institute and the country.
“IIT Delhi is committed to science popularisation, and with this objective in mind, has recently proposed a number of outreach initiatives including the monthly lecture series SciTech Spins for high schoolers and the STEM Mentorship Program for girl students. We are very hopeful that the DIY camp will help strengthen the ties that IIT Delhi faculty and students have already established with young minds in schools and academics in the making,” said Prof. Pritha Chandra, Associate Dean, Academic Outreach and New Initiatives, IIT Delhi. (India Science Wire)