Schoolchildren to take part in toy car competition today

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAEINDIA) Western Section in association with Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) announced 'A World In Motion (AWIM) Pune Olympics' to be held in SNBP International School, Rahatani on Sunday.

The competition for standard five students will witness the young brains exploring the ideas of center of gravity, aerodynamics to produce sail powered cars called skimmers. For standard six students, jet propulsion, friction and air resistance will be the concepts at work while producing balloon powered toy cars named - Jet Toy. The competition will be judged by a panel of eminent personalities from the automotive and art field. The winning team from AWIM Pune Olympics will participate in AIWM National Olympics 2012 scheduled at Daly College, Indore, on December 22. A total of 26 teams for Jet Toy and 23 teams of Skimmer will take part from 13 schools across the city in the event on Sunday.

"The future of the automotive industry in India will ultimately depend on its young engineers who must be able to display a firm grasp of scientific concepts. ARAI is promoting this out-of-classroom education programme as a base to familiarise students with principles of engineering. The regional rounds witnessed high-level competition and the national olympics promise to be an exciting affair," a press release quoted Shrikant R Marathe, director ARAI and president, SAEINDIA.

In the release, K C Vora, deputy director, ARAI Academy and advisor to the programme said, "We have included some of the orphanage schools too in this year's AWIM Pune Olympics like Manavya Gokul School in Bhugaon to reach the grass root level of the society."

Bharat Vedak, vice-president, John Deere -one of the sponsors- and vice-president, Commercial Vehicle Sector, SAE International said, "Developing the mathematics and science skills of school students in India is vital to India's success and growth in the 21st century."

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