Author: Santa Santosh Avvannavar

Artists and Designers are tomorrow’s innovator

art with designI believe when artists and designers come together with scientists or vice-versa it’s going to be better tomorrow. I have three reasons to this thought –

Firstly, There are perhaps ‘no’ products and services that does not consists components of Art and Science. I believe both go hand-in-hand. Even if one claims STEM doesn’t require ‘A’, but consumers first look for aesthetics. I believe art and design to STEM will enhance economic competitiveness. The tools and methods used for art and design creates space for creativity and raise interest in problem solving. The data that is often communicated through chart or graphs could appeals to non-scientific community. This could help policy makers to take decisions or appreciate the effort put in. Several such products and services have inspired consumers. Isn’t it powerful to have them together than apart?

Secondly, Let’s not forget that 21st century skill that demands critical thinking that often comes from integration of art and design. And STEAM education is promising way to promote the skills. The ‘Art’ gives and teaches flexibility and risk taking abilities that form the backbone for businesses. This also goes beyond the mundane style of working and enhancing the engagement time through unlocking the creative thinking and leading to innovation.

Finally, Art and design helps to distinguish products and places in a global market and hence create opportunity for economic growth.

I think the approach has to be integrating ‘A’ into STEM, scientists understand the kind of impact products and services offer to mankind. There are several examples to quote such as steam locomotive is an exquisite example of art in motion.

What are your thoughts on integrating Art to STE(A)M?

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Meet 9 year old – Swarit – Youngest Indian TEDx Speaker

Master Swarit 9-year-old who is in fourth grade of Harvest International School, Bengaluru who loves play football and robotics.

In the time of parents expectations of child performing in class ; Swarit is not like most 9-year-olds. From the listing Talks by brilliant kids and teens* ; Master Swarit could to be the youngest Indian speaker at the TEDx talks.

Master Swarit idea was ‘children can collaborate and solve problem’. Under the guidance of Mr. Henrich who is in third year of engineering from Coimbatore and intern at QtPi Robotics a Bengaluru based Elevate 100 firm.

On 25th Jan, duo, Master Swarit and Mr. Henrich presented their idea on ‘I love robots but am afraid of people’ at TEDxBalajiITS, Warangal. Duo made people eye drool at a TEDx event through his innovative project of feeding aquarium fishes in absence of keepers. The idea was presented by Henrich and Swarit on international platform TEDx.

“I always wanted to have aquarium but wondered who would feed in absence. Especially when the family is out for a vacation. I took help from Mr. Henrich and my mother, Mrs. Manisha Bhargava on the same to design a fish feeder. So that fishes won’t starve and also family could have a vacation without any worry. Hence, I came up with Sam,” Master Swarit said.

Usually aquarium owners would end up giving vacation food to the fishes. Those are nothing but steroids and unhealthy. “Design thinking that consists of the quantity of feed, interval of food, and metabolism were need to be considered,” Master Swarit said.

He said overfeeding leads to many issues, like undigested food which fishes spit out when overfed and also excessive digestive waste. This is likely to make tank toxic and nitrate levels will rise and brings down oxygen levels in the water hence making water unsuitable for the fishes. So, it’s an important parameter to be taken into consideration. “Time is also vital as fishes usually take 16-24 hours to digest the food,” says Master Swarit

He designed a fish feeder using a servo that will rotate for a predetermined time to feed the fish. In order to this to happen, he programmed and created an app.

Their rousing speech was applauded by the attendees and organisers. Master Swarit would like to create awareness among peers and aquarium lovers on the solution.

Master Swarit and Mr. Henrich would like to organise a TEDx event for youth in the near future. One can expect more amazing things from Master Swarit in the near future.

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*Hope to see the Swarit name in the listing