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‘Make my Robo’ to create awareness of e-waste management in young minds

Jamshedpur, August 20: A workshop titled ‘Make my Robo’ and e-waste management for school students organized jointly by CSIR-NML, Relearn Foundation, Jampot Greens and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of XLRI kicked off at NML Auditorium on Thursday, August 20. The 3-day workshop will conclude on August 22.

The workshop is designed by the scientists of CSIR-NML to teach students innovative ways to think beyond text books and looking at robotics in an easier yet interesting manner. Students will also be taught e-waste management, a growing concern in the country.

The idea of the workshop was presented in the recent International Conference on Processing of Lean Grade and Urban Ores (IC-LGO-2015) held at CSIR-NML. The idea of social entrepreneurship on e-waste management was also submitted as the business plan to the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of XLRI.

To promote the social entrepreneurship programme for creating a collection network for e-waste and to teach students “Learning by doing”, CSIR-NML is collaborating with local NGOs such as Relearn Foundation and Jampot greens for organizing science based workshops and events in Jamshedpur. There are 30 students of STD VIII of 15 schools participating in this event.

A training kit for making robot was given to each student for the training sessions. The resource persons for the workshop are scientists from NML, post graduate students from CSIR and Tata Steel. The grass root innovator, Dipak Dhibar is the key trainer.

The inaugural programme for the 3-day workshop took place on Thursday August 20. Parents and teachers accompanied the students.

The training program will be held on 21-22 August 2015 from 2PM to 6PM. Live demonstration of robots, small interactive sessions on Electrical energy, Motor, Motion (rotating to linear), storage battery and e-waste management will be organized. The first day mainly saw registrations, inauguration ceremony.

The second day has been kept aside for robo making and demonstration. The last day will see a “Robo Race” and distribution of certificates. Dr. S. Srikanth, Director, CSIR-NML, Dr. Mita Tarafder Sr Principal Scientist CSIR-NML, Dr. Achintya Kumar Das Former Senior VP Essar Steels, Prof Prabal Kumar Sen Chairperson EDC XLRI & Relearn Foundation and Dr. N.G. Goswami, Chief Scientist CSIR-NML among the dignitaries addressed the gathering.

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