UNVEILING OF FOUNDATION PLAQUE OF THE PROPOSED INNOVATION HUB
India’s future rests on its ability to harness the creative potential of its large young population. In order to foster innovation and creativity, problem solving and project based learning play an important role.
With this objective, the National Council of Science Museums, has launched a Scheme for Promoting Innovation, Creativity and Engagement in Science (SPICES), which involves jointly setting up of Innovation Hubs across the country together with existing science centers or non-formal education institutions that promote creativity and inspire innovation.
Innovation Hubs and Clubs would help to engage youth in innovative and creative activities. These would serve as springboards for new ideas, thus helping the society and economy to face future challenges.
The key elements of the Innovation Hub would be:
- Interactivity – Leverage locally available resources to showcase science through hands-on approach to supplement formal science education
- Outreach – Examples of innovative ways of taking science to remote areas
- Innovation – Besides showcasing innovations on a regular basis as inspiration, the facility will promote independent thinking, problem solving ability, nurturing creativity and generation of innovative ideas.
Following facilities are planned for the Innovation Hub that will be open to public at large in addition to the school and college going students:
- Hall of Fame
- Innovation Resource Center
- Idea Lab
- Design Studio
- TodFodJod (Break & Make corner)
- Kabhad se Jugad (Making useful things from Scrop)
- Idea Box
Foundation plaque of the proposed Innovation Hub was unveiled at the hands of Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Renowned Nuclear Scientist, on 16 April, 2017, coinciding with the Silver Jubilee function of the Exploratory. The proposed Innovation Hub is targeted to be operational in the beginning of 2018 and preparatory work is on-going in full swing.