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Bastar’s tribal student Daksh Gawde to represent Chhattisgarh in National Scientific Expo | India News – Times of India


RAIPUR: Daksh Gawde, a tribal boy from Bastar, whose parents lost their battle to malnutrition when he was in class III, has been selected as the sole student from the region to participate in the 50th National Children’s Scientific Exhibition 2023. The event will be held at Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune, Maharashtra, from December 26 to 31.
A Biology student in class 12 at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Vidyapeeth, Narayanpur, Daksh will exhibit his model focusing on health, cleanliness, and solid-waste management, as mentioned by Vidyapeeth’s science teacher, Satya Prakash Rai.
“Daksh is the top Biology student in our school. He scored 97% in the Class X examination and has maintained consistent academic excellence since Class VIII. Daksh studied up to Class VII at Karlakha government school in Narayanpur district before transferring to Bal Bhawan of the Vivekananda Vidyapeeth,” Rai informed TOI.
Seven students from Chhattisgarh have been selected for this national-level scientific exhibition, with Daksh being the only one from the Maoist-hit Narayanpur district. One student from Swami Atmanand School, Kabirdham, is participating in the exhibition focusing on the theme of Eco-friendly material, another student from Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district on the same theme, one from Bemetara district concentrating on Health and Cleanliness, two from Durg district addressing Environmental Concerns and Historical Development with Current Innovation, and one from Korba district participating in the exhibition focusing on Historical Development with current innovation.
Previously, Daksh and the other six students participating in the national exhibition exhibited their respective models in the state-level Children’s Science Congress. Daksh presented his innovation on the subject of “Plastone Maker.”
Daksh emphasized, “Today, we observe various types of pollution becoming a severe problem in our society, with plastic bags, cups, glasses, gutka wrappers, etc., contributing significantly.”
On this issue, Daksh brainstormed and developed a method to create a “Plasto-Maker” and constructed a model that could aid in road construction using plastic waste. With this machine, plastic waste would be melted at 150 degrees Celsius, mixed with tar, and utilized in road construction.
Around 10 to 15 tons of tar is used in constructing one kilometer of road, and this amount of plastic waste can be effectively utilized. Daksh estimated a saving of 100 tons of tar in the construction of 100 kilometers of road, enhancing its strength, increasing lifespan, reducing costs, and improving resistance to rain or water.
Moreover, ceramic waste like china clay cups, broken plates, etc., could also be utilized similarly. Rai will accompany Daksh to Pune on December 24.


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