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Students develop genset-powered automobile

Students develop genset-powered automobile
Behind (L-R ): Kekhriezhazo Rino, Keneikhriezo Sanchu and Limatemjen N Jamir. Jason Whuorie on steering wheel.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/29/2018 11:56:26 AM IST

The days of school students wanting to make models of the solar system for their school science projects or exhibitions are gone. Now they want to make cars.

In what is considered to be one of its kind in the State, four ingenious and enterprising Class IX students of Greenwood Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Dimapur built a car for their school science exhibition. Besides winning the hearts of the teachers and other students of the school, it went viral on social media within a matter of hours.
With Jason Whuorie as team leader, other students of the team are Kekhriezhazo Rino, Limatemjen N Jamir and Keneikhriezo Sanchu. 
They used the bare minimum in terms of material used, but they had to save their pocket money totalling to Rs 2,000 and spending endless hours working in a garage even during their holidays. The idea was to make a bigger and more powerful car packed with features, but they had to contend with a simpler one as they were racing against time to complete it in a week’s time for the school’s science exhibition.
The students, now referred to as “young engineers” by peers and teachers, put their heads together to understand the basic principles that propelled a vehicle. The rear-wheel drive car is propelled by a belt set into motion by a motor powered by a generator. The belt, in turn, is connected to an axle, which then rotates a cylindrical bar to set the rear wheels into motion.  
The frame of the car is made of square iron pipes and its seat, generator and other components were collected by the students themselves. The students only had to spend money for welding and buying the belt.
The steering mechanism has all the four main components found in every car – steering wheel, steering column, steering joint and steering box. The four students explained to Nagaland Post the details and the basic mechanisms needed to make a car run.
Greenwood Higher Secondary School principal Uttam Basak said other students in the school were encouraged by the quartet, adding that the school would give citations and felicitate them soon in the school chapel.
Class teacher Sukumar Pradhan said the four students were inquisitive by nature and were serious in their studies. 
Team leader Jason Whuorie’s mother Paulina, who also earlier spoke to this correspondent, said her son was fascinated by vehicles ever since he was a small child and was able to name most vehicle models just by looking at them.
Science exhibition in-charge Mukul Chandra Das remarked that young students could take a leaf out of the book of the four students’ innovation and said it was important that students develop an aptitude for skills beyond academics.

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