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Fun science at varsity camp

A summer camp conducted by the Jadavpur University science club has allowed students of several city schools to beat the heat by escaping into the world of physics, robotics and Vedic math.

Twenty-six students from schools like Loreto Convent, Don Bosco Park Circus, BD Memorial International School and Welland Gouldsmith School, Patuli, have joined the four-day summer camp, which ends on Thursday. Guardians are free to contribute whatever amount they want to the science club for letting their wards participate in the camp, where JU students from engineering streams like instrumentation, electronics, computer and mechanical tutored them on scientific concepts in innovative ways.

On Wednesday, the event convener, Amit Mishra of instrumentation technology, and his team of first, second and third-year students had the youngsters in thrall by demonstrating basic robotics.

“We picked up robotics, as this area touches upon different spheres of engineering such as electronics, instrumentation and designing of power circuit chips. The kids took a keen interest in the robot race afterwards,” said Mishra.

“Now that I have learnt how to design robots, I will be able to build one myself,” said Hriday Mullick, a Class VII student of BD Memorial International School.

“We are awarding tasks to students, who have been divided into teams, under the guidance of a mentor,,” said Bappa Mullick, president of Illuminati, the science club.