Arjun Jain of 7th Grade from Oakridge, one of the top CBSE schools in Chandigarh, Mohali along with his other 4 friends made growing plants without soil now possible. Their innovation, Vedaponics-The Mist maker received the third prize at the Innovation Fair that helps grow a plant without soil. Innovation Fair held at Venue Delhi witnessed many remarkable innovations those who go above and beyond their roles in higher education and was hosted by National Science Center. An innovation for nature, however, caught everyone’s attention at the Fair.
This mist maker can be used to grow plants in small areas like kitchen garden to rooftops, and from barren lands to even in space. This innovation grows plant with aeroponic techniques. It’s a process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. Arduino sensor, humidity sensor, temp and CO2 sensor are some of the principal instruments that have been used to successfully accomplish the project. Once the humidity level decreases, these sensors send a signal to the system when the mist maker plays its role by spraying nutrients on plants. The nutrients are organic and have been taken from our ‘Vedas’ such as Panchagavya, a cow dung based mixture, and kunapajala. It is, therefore, named as Vedaponics. Since the environmental conditions are very much controlled, it helps us to get rid of all the soil prone diseases. With such an innovation we can expect a new green revolution to come again.
“I am happy to see young Oakridgers like Arjun showcase critical thinking and problem-solving skills along with the application of knowledge. These are the requirements for the 21st century and the school firmly believes and works towards nurturing these skills” said Ms. Ramanjit Ghuman, Principal, Oakridge International School, Mohali.