Cosmos, held once in every two years,which always brings out the inner scientist in us is an event where one has to brainstorm innovative ideas which then have to be researched upon as to how effective these ideas could be for the development of the human society. Well, this years’s theme was “the impact of technology on human development”. Every class had participated enthusiastically and made the event a successful one. Magnachrista on the other hand tests both your knowledge and creativity as well. The fest had various event ranging from scouting clues for finding treasure to solving clues on mind puzzling crimes bringing out the Sherlock Holes in you, from gaming to quizzing and many other events which are as follows:
It is a science based treasure hunt.It was a two day event. It had received the highest number of participants which is of 23 teams. There was a total of nine tasks, five in the first round,three in the next and one in the final round. The tasks ranged from fun exciting games such as four legged race, minute to win to tasks that trigger your grey cells such as constructing a rocket bottle, salt analysis,building an electric motor,etc. The event was a huge success.
2)Bullets of Blood
This event is a forensic science event tests your analytic skills. The event was a total of five rounds. The first round being theoretical and had no elimination. The second round was a parameter study from which six participants were selected. The third one was the one in which their knowledge in physics was tested. The fourth round tested their knowledge in chemistry. Finally, the fifth round consisted of three finalists. They finally had to solve the murder within twenty minutes else they had to solve another case. In all they were given three chances.
The event was based on programming,gadget making,and automation. Participants were expected to be well versed with circuits and computer programming. The event consisted of five rounds. The first one was the treasure hunt round,where the participants had to search for the required circuit components with which they had to build the circuit in the second round. In the next round,the participants had to design a program which is capable of handling an order given in a restaurant. In the fourth,they had to theoretically design a hover craft. In the final round the participants had to build a robot in such a way that it would sense a particular object and follow it and at the same time race the other robots. The students had participated very enthusiastically.
It was an event individual’s ability to discover ways to colonize space. In the first round the participants had to present a seven minute presentation on -“Plan a trip for a hundred people to a celestial body in space”. The second was a debate on i)space colonization-Boon or bane? ii)Should we really attempt to colonize space given what we have done to our home planet. iii)Energy sources in space-Solar vs nuclear.The final round was a space related quiz in which the questions were based on various space experiments on Earth and hypothesizing the result in space.
This event consisted of the Prelims and the finals. The prelims consisted of twenty questions from which the top eight teams were selected. The first round was based on concepts that we learn on our classrooms. The second round was a visual round in which the teams with the lowest score were eliminated. The third round consisted of all types of questions. The fourth round was based on Indian science. The fifth round was the highest scoring round. The competition was very intense where team each had given its best.
Finally, it was truly a confluence of science and culture.
J.E. Easha, Student Representative, Science Forum