Published on 06 Dec 2013. Written by Swadesh Padhi
As part of their orientation at IIT Kanpur this year, AerotriX - a division of Skyfi Labs - organized a Glider making workshop for fresher students. Mechanical engineering fresher Lakshya Gangwar, participant from the workshop, was just as curious as the others to know what his first experience at IIT Kanpur would be like. After successfully making his first working glider, he says with a sparkle in his eyes ‘It was an amazing thought and initiative to organize such a knowledge enriched workshop. I really had not thought that the first workshop in IIT Kanpur would be such interesting. Thank You AerotriX and Skyfi Labs.
With a cheery tone Lakshya Gangwar shared the moments and experiences of the workshop with AerotriX. When asked what inspired him to learn aeromodelling,
Lakshya continues ‘While making my glider with sand paper and balsa wood, I understood how to shape the airfoil, wing and tail for getting the best aerodynamic results‘. By experimenting with various parts of a glider in the workshop, students comprehend flying objects better. And by tweaking the features of the glider, like reshaping the wing or removing the tail, students can find solutions to various problems in flight dynamics and consequently get a grip on the principles of flight.
Lakshya recalled the flying session from the workshop, ‘In my first try, the glider didn’t work. I tried some modifications for the second time, but the glider landed abruptly and was displaced. Then I tried to sort out the problems the glider may have. I shaped it more like an airplane. I waited for my turn to test the glider again. In the final try it did fly very well’, he says.
He adds ‘When my glider landed, it was a moment that I won’t forget easily. I had the same feeling like when I was successful in IIT-JEE. I send the photos of the glider to my parents. They were happy saying that now, you are an engineer!’ When asked why other students should take part in such workshops, he says ‘It was a practical experience and in my opinion it helps students from all disciplines of study. It made me realize that science actually works. The workshop is really helping me now as I have a practical perspective when I approach my studies’.
Archit Rathore, who is a student coordinator for counseling service at IIT Kanpur, clarifies the motive to organize the glider making workshop as part of the orientation programme, ‘The objective of the glider making workshop was to give the fresher students a kick start to their engineering career by encouraging them to learn and apply’. He shed light on how the workshop helped the freshers, ‘The students learnt team-work and implementing what they learnt while trying to innovate on their own.’ He shared the opinion of the students after they completed the workshop, ‘For most it was an opportunity to learn something new. Competing with each other to see whose glider flew best was probably the best experience of the workshop’!
In conclusion, The AerotriX and Skyfi Labs team is working hard to expand its reach to more students and colleges all across India with an objective to nurture more employable engineering graduates. An experience like the one at IIT Kanpur certainly motivates the Skyfi Labs team to fulfill this objective.
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