Amid drum beats, the Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) fair got off to a thumping start on Thursday evening at the Nehru Science Centre in Worli.
Team building group Drum Café distributed drums among the students to build up the tempo, followed by the inaugural speech from KK Dwivedi, head and adviser of the National Council for Science and Technology Council.
For three days, students from classes 5 to 12 from different parts of the country will showcase 87 science projects selected from a pool of 1,300-odd projects at the Centre. Projects this year include eco-friendly paper made from stems of the banana plant to a project demonstrating the wireless transmission of electricity.
The annual fair, now in its fifth year, is an initiative of the Centre's Department of Science and Technology, Confederation of Indian Industry and Intel, to encourage innovation among schoolchildren. "We need to convert our knowledge into wealth," said Dwivedi, at the inauguration. "India is ranked 56 on the innovation list, we must take it to number 1."
The fair will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, and the winning projects will be announced on Sunday. The winners will then represent India at an international science fair.