Areas of research

For NCSC-2016, the theme is 'Science, Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development'. Under the theme you are supposed to work upon small doable projects different sub-themes



Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable development
A radical new approach to science, technology and innovation is urgently needed to steer us within planetary boundaries and secure human wellbeing, fostering diverse types of innovation and empowering the grassroots creativity of poorer people. Transforming Innovation for Sustainability brings together on sustainable futures. Sustainable Development Goals that keep human societies within a 'safe operating space' requires an approach to innovation that gives far greater recognition and power to grassroots actors and processes, involving them within an inclusive, multi-scale innovation politics.
'Science, technology and innovation can help avert catastrophic developmental and environmental damage. But only if we move beyond outdated notions of whose innovation counts, to recognize the vital role different forms of innovation can play.
Research and experiences, in areas like agriculture, water, energy and health, illustrate what the topic suggests are a set of underlying principles that need to guide innovation for sustainability and poverty reduction. Three interlinked dimensions need to be assessed together:
  • Direction of change, this means being clear on the particular goals and principles driving policy and innovation, not leaving these open, undisguised or driven by general imperatives of growth or progress, but actively steering these towards the kinds of transformation needed to meet integrated sustainable development/poverty reduction aims.
  • Diversity is also crucial. Nurturing more diverse approaches and forms of social as well as technological innovation helps respond to the very varied ecological, social and economic contexts in which poorer people live, as well as to cope with uncertainty and surprise.
  • Distribution, this means asking about who gains and who loses from particular innovations. Grassroots innovations offer particular value, helping to favor and prioritize more fairly the interests of the most marginal groups.
The above “Ds” can help to reveal the nature and stakes of choices made around science, technology and innovation, and to guide decision-makers as they grapple with challenges in their own particular settings.
The Platform of National Children’s Science Congress is an opportunity for the young learners to provide a framework supporting different forms of innovation that address sustainable development challenges at local and national levels. Beyond setting targets, this is about enabling the grassroots and enhancing innovation capabilities for the longer term.
Framework
Our objective is to be able to
  • decide what aspect/parameter of weather or its manifestation(s) we want to observe/measure/understand/predict;
  • decide what methods we should adopt for this purpose
  • decide on instruments we could use/build for the above purpose
  • report/record our observations/measurements
  • analyse the data we gather
  • predict what might happen in the future
Components

The experiments would involve, inter alia, observations, measurements of different parameters of interest. The observations would push the child to integrate and synthesis the data into a set of linked proposals(hypotheses). The child would, ideally, at the end of the experiment, come up with a conclusion based on evidence which will be of some consequence. The components/ parameters/ aspects that could be studied are:

  • Temperature [ maximum, minimum, average]
  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Wind Speed and wind directions
  • Relative Humidity
  • Clouds
  • Quantum, Intensity and Frequency of Rain
  • Lightning, thunder, rainbow
  • Tides [in coastal regions]
  • Water level [in wells, ponds]
  • Evaporation from surface water
  • Fog, mists and smog and dew
  • Response of Plants and insects to weather
  • Predicting weather from plants and animal behavior
  • Emergence of diseases
The projects taken-up will have a proper documentation of the existing knowledge. You must try carrying out the suggestion(s) made and demonstrate it.
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