SRINAGAR: The 2018 edition of TechKnow the largest tech event for schools in Jammu and Kashmir was held in Delhi Public School Srinagar. The event is the largest tech event for schools where children get hands on experience in conceptualizing, manufacturing and operating latest technology.
The festival is one of its kind as it is conceived solely by the student members of Cyber Crew – the computer and technology club of the school. This year the event received support from NITI Ayog and IIT Mumbai based startup, Drona Aviation.
According to a statement issued here, more than 300 students drawn from over 40 schools of the valley located as far as Rajouri, Qazigund, and Baramulla participated in eight custom designed workshops over the two days.
“Workshops were held on Web Design and Development, Graphic Design, Video Editing & VFX, Hybrid App Development, Robotics & IoT, 3D Printing, Cinematography, Python Programming and Drone Development. Experts from Drona Avaition conducted the drone workshop in which children flew drones. The 3D printing workshop was also a major attraction as participants successfully printed small objects like a comb, custom cups, keychains etc.,” the statement said.
The students, it said, enjoyed the workshops and found them greatly beneficial.
“It was a great experience to construct a drone from scratch. My interest in the field has grown greatly, and I now plan to take it up as a career,” Adil Ahmed, a participant from DPS Rajouri said.
Another participant Malik Abid from AGS Huzur said the workshops were all fascinating. “The workshop on 3D printing was such a great experience. I had never imagined that sitting in Kashmir, I can learn and experiment with such technology,” he said.
Moreover, on the second day Dr Ayesha Choudhary, Project Director, AIM, Niti Ayog held interactive sessions with children.
Speaking to the children, she said the students must not be afraid of failure. “Rather you must tinker with concepts and objects till you understand them. Innovation and progress can only be achieved by a fearless mind,” said.
She congratulated the school for involving the students and training them as mentors. “From one child today I realize that age is no bar for mastery of knowledge. I am impressed by the way mentor-students have been imparting training for these two days,” she said.
Sarmad Hafeez, IAS (Secretary, Youth Services and Sports) echoed her, and congratulated the school for its stellar role in training the future. “I am extremely happy to have attended such an event where children are developing drones while others struggle to fly them,” he said.
Overall, the event was a great success as it drew upon the success of its previous editions. With each passing year, the event moves from strength to strength.