(The Gist of Science Reporter) Innovation Hub: Unleashing Creative Potential [JUNE-2019]
(The Gist of Science Reporter) Innovation Hub:
Unleashing Creative Potential [JUNE-2019]
Innovation Hub: Unleashing Creative
The future ability potential of any to country harness of its huge rests
the young population. To foster innovation and creativity, problem-solving
project-based learning will therefore play an important role.
Such initiatives help to link education to relevant real-life
experiences which help bring joy into learning while at the same time
opening doors for creativity.
Thus, science centres or institutions of iron-formal learning, where
such activities can be undertaken, are recognised to play an important role
in fostering creativity and inspiring innovation amongst the young minds.
This will ultimately lead to developing a culture of innovation in the
The National Council of Science Museums, under the aegis of the Ministry
of Culture, Government of India, has started a mission with a vision to
foster the culture of innovations with the setting up of Innovation Hubs in
60 institutes across the country.
An Innovation Hub is a facility that provides an opportunity to nurture
new ideas and develop an inquisitive perspective in the youths of today.
These hubs serve as springboards for innovations and thus help the
society and economy face future challenges and meet rising aspirations of
the growing population. Specifically, embedding such creative pedagogies in
science education through Innovation Hubs will help to retain as well as
enhance the potential of young minds, making them think beyond their
The various initiatives under innovation hub include:
Discovery Hall: This area comprises interactive science exhibits
meant for creating excitement about science through exploration and
discovery of underlying principles.
The idea of this facility is to promote logical thinking and make
scientific concepts easy to understand. It demonstrates the practical
working of scientific principles and its implementation in various
Resource Centre/Hall of Fame: This space is used to showcase
innovative ideas/experiments/implements that have transformed our world or
have made significant impact on the way we conduct our lives along with
information about their inventors and innovators. Stories and inspirations
behind such innovations are also mentioned through multimedia kiosks.
Besides, implements/samples of appropriate technology and traditional
knowledge systems, art and craft and other areas of importance in public
life in the respective regions are also exhibited.
Idea Lab: This lab has the necessary basic facilities to pursue creative
and innovative hobbies/activities that involve model making, basic science
experimentation, design & fabrication of useful gadgets of practical use.
Teaching/learning kits for belter classroom interactions, testing of milk,
water, food items, etc. are being carried out in this section.
Students are becoming aware of adulteration of food items through simple
experiments for adulteration analysis that can be performed even at home
without using sophisticated gadgets and chemicals.
Design Studio: This area offers a creative environment to design
various products using 3D Solid Works software and print the innovative
models using 3D printer.
Origami workshops are conducted to make beautiful designs and shapes
from paper thus promoting hand artwork as well as reuse of paper to convert
it into beautiful designs for display.
Robotics/Electronics Lab: Robotics lab provides students an
opportunity to develop their own robots and program them to perform
The modern age is going to be robot specific to carry out difficult
tasks like ocean exploration, medical surgery and deep space exploration, It
is important that young minds be aware about the need, significance and role
of this emerging field of Science & Technology. Electronics and Mechanical
labs offer facilities to carry out experiments as well as fabrication of
Tod Fod Jod (Break and Remake): In this section students learn to
do things with their own hands, dismantle, reassemble and remake
They learn engineering behind the working of various electronic
machines/gadgets. This section satisfies the inquisitiveness of students by
gaining knowledge from experts available during assembling and dissembling
Idea box: The young mind is a storehouse of imaginative ideas.
The Idea Box was set up to capture potential innovative ideas. Students can
generate their own innovative ideas and contribute to create an idea bank.
The best ideas are chosen for experimentation, model making and project
work. Suitable guidance, expert help and required material for the
fabrication of the project is provided to give practical shape to the
potential innovative ideas.
The Innovation Huh facility strives to provide an equal opportunity to
all sections of the society for practical learning of science and
inculcating technical skills in them.
It is trying to engage the youth in the process of Science, Technology &
Innovations as well as promoting their critical thinking and practical
It is also looking not only to support the innovative ideas and convert
their ideas to a useful product or fruitful outcome but also recognise,
encourage and facilitate grassroot innovations in Science and Technology.