Maldives’ first ever national Science Expo saw 58 projects by 401 students from 26 schools propose ingenious natural energy sources.
Dubbed ‘Inspire Innovation’, the science fair pitched projects from three categories of schools: middle-school (grades 6 to 7), secondary (grades 8 to 10) and higher secondary (grades 11 and 12).
Conducted at Dharubaaruge, the Maldive’s international convention center in the federal capital Male, the exhibition featured interesting projects ranging from wireless electricity to futtarun haktha or electricity generated from hydro based marine apparatus such as turbines in a country where 99 per cent is the sea.
“It’s beats depending in solar or wind power,” a student told Haveeru
Middle school students from as far as Hulhudhoo island in Addu atoll undertook to demonstrate such attention-grabbing projects as generating electricity from Aloe Vera, a herb now widely grown in Maldives for health and cosmetics.
But parents complained when the education ministry did not give a reason as to abruptly dismantle the expo the day it opened.
“Now many do not have the chance to view these astounding experiments,” a parent told Haveeru after the decorations and projects were disassembled.
Hulhumale’s Lalle International School had produced results of having diesel extracted from algae while Hulhumale’s Ghaazee School demonstrated that chemicals need not be used to bring about modern agriculture.
But some complained that projects that simply explained basic scientific concepts were awarded rather than for the “innovative” nature of the idea presented.
“Our aim is to pitch these ideas to the public and private sectors. Even if our ideas are unaccepted now, we will make our dream come true,” said a student from the stall by Grades 11 and 12 of Raa atoll Alifushi, a short while before the arrival of environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim.
Alifushi Schoolâ€™s groundbreaking idea is that a “gear system” be used to “control” the “range” of electricity generated, and that, placing turbines in the channel between Alifushi and Vaadhoo, more than one mega-watt of electricity could be generated for the current 2,800-strong population of Alifushi.
Originally from Haveeru Online