Innovation hubs or tinkering labs and mentors

Innovation Hubs or tinkering labs are proving to be pivotal in enhancing a student’s ability to express ideas in a neoteric way –  when they are exposed to newer technologies, tools, skills and outcomes.

Along with equipment, a space and access to good knowledgeable mentors, with sufficient depth of knowledge, to be able to open up minds to newer ideas, tinkering labs are to be an integral part of all future learning.

Mentors with the ability to understand when to allow the student to experiment, fail and learn and when to step in for help, allowing the mentee to discover new facets of knowledge.

Krishnav Gupta prototyped a gravity powered drip system that keeps plants watered for days. He utilised a standard PVC pipe, an empty water bottle and fitted them together. He used a drill to puncture the PVC pipe at the bottom, then filled the pipe with cotton to retain water. The pipe was then submerged in the soil.

What is the need for mentoring?

A mentee has a unique advantage of being able to borrow upon the knowledge and experience of the mentor, which would take the mentee years to master and gather. When skills and tools are involved, safety and correct usage can only come from experience, which the mentee can learn from the mentor.

Saumya prototyped a Spectrum Analyser with a DIY Spectroscope. PVC pipes, Carboard boxes, a diffraction grating and some DIY ingenuity come together to build devices that are low cost, comparable in accuracy and precision to laboratory instruments.

What the qualities you look out for in a mentee?

1) A curious and inquiring mind

2) Keen observation, to document results of an exercise. This helps them improve or pivot from their current set of knowledge to something that can be corroborated from what is being observed.
3) Perseverance to see a project through, and the ability and drive to put in the effort required to complete a project . Great work takes time and consistent efforts.
4) A reasonable sense of discipline
5) Open to feedback from mentor

 

Project Ideas for Social Impact

Here are some project ideas which can have tremendous impact to lives of lot of people, if you are willing to tackle these challenges head on, use design thinking, prototyping in the real world and discover a solution which solves the problem in a new way. We can provide students with exceptional mentoring for the same.

Rain Water harvesting

Develop a system to harvest/ store and dispense, water efficiently.

Camp Buddy

Multi utility carry bags for Sherpas,

Sanitary napkin dispenser

Girl and women hygiene in schools and villages

Road safety helmets

Safety helmets to help bikers additionally indicate turning to traffic behind

Lower healthcare costs by addressing hygiene

Use design thinking to innovate on multiple solutions to help in hygiene and then prototype and implement these solutions

Automated Code Backup

Design and Implement a Automated system to backup code to Github

Profanity Filter for CG Website

Track and Delete Offensive comments on Websites

Multiplayer Tic-Tac-Toe

Cloud based Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Improve Bluetooth Between Arduino and Android

Improve communication between Arduino and Android.