Rural development initiatives, particularly with regards to sanitation and toilet installation, have fallen short in India particularly because of a lack of participatory models of innovation. Here, the children will be given access to tools to use their own experiences and struggles with sanitation to provide an answer to issues -- this answer may be creative, outlandish, simple, and minimalistic -- however, it empowers them with the ability to think critically and scientifically to use materials at hand to craft solutions.
The INCH Innovation Challenge is a one-of-its-kind challenge that seeks to harvest India’s nascent innovation capabilities in pursuit of solving a dominant social issue -- sanitation. It engages rural students in Rajasthan by giving them the ability to exercise their creative juices with a set of materials provided to them, to develop creative solutions for water management, waste management, sewage treatment, sanitary toilet usage, and innovative toilet designs.
The top two students from each school are tasked with creating an innovation that has the potential for social impact -- this takes off from innovation challenges such as Intel’s PBP Kids, the India Innovates Open Challenge, the Google Science Fair and the IGNITE Awards.
Each school is provided with 1 toolkit with materials that have infinite potential in being used in a variety of permutations and combinations to create that innovate solutions in the realm of sanitation
A set of basic materials will be provided from which the students will utilize STEM concepts to engineer new innovations and tools for rural sanitation. Whether it’s as simple as an interesting water supply method or as complex as a new design for a toilet -- the possibilities are endless!
But we need your help to build these toolkits and equip them with the following materials:
- 5 or 12 V DC Motor
- Small plastic piece
- Electric wires
- Small photovoltaic cell
- Rubber band
- pH paper