Applied Science

Applied Science

Delving deeper into ‘Scientific Research’has paved way for ‘Special Branches’where the scientists, researchers and subject matter experts dig deeper, are able to find & define problems, and provide solutions to problems that couldn’t be solved earlier. These specialised branches have contributed a lot to the progress of life on the planet, and have opened doors to new innovations. Mentees who are consistently part of the Foundation Journey start to learn about these Special Branches a.k.a.Applied Science.

Microbiology

Studying life at a microscopic level, mentees learn in detail about the various microorganisms, such as bacteria, protozoa, algae, fungi, viruses, etc. They learn a myriad of experimental techniques, including culturing bacteria, performing Gram staining and observing various microorganisms under a phase contrast microscope. These experiments help them understand the complex functioning of such minuscule and deceptively simple life forms. This creates a solid knowledge base for mentees aspiring to be professional microbiologists, who are sought after across several industries - from pharmaceuticals to food and beverages to healthcare to agriculture.

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Skills imparted:

Mentees on their journey through the microbial world will learn:

  • Growth media preparation
  • Sterilizing methods
  • Bacterial culture
  • Growth regulation
  • Growth on specific growth mediums
  • Survey on microbiomes
  • Food monitoring
  • Fermentation

Astronomy / Astrophysics

Our planet is just a small speck in the vastness of this universe. Even now on a clear starry night, we look at the sky and are fascinated by how big this universe is. We wonder if there are other life forms in faraway stars and galaxies, and if there are other habitable planets that we can reach within this century? Astronomy has indeed been the oldest form of mathematical science used by the human race to plot time charts, navigation systems and calculate inter planetary distances, planetary dimensions etc. via observation and primitive yet effective tools of measurement. In the present day, vast knowledge about the physics of the universe has been gathered and many mysteries of the universe have been solved.

Mentees understand the basics of the Cosmos using this knowledge; learn universal astronomical theories, mathematical approach & scientific methodologies to measure and understand the size, shape, distance, speed, mass, density, luminosity, chemical composition etc. of various stars &planets. Mentees also practically engage in classical observation methods of the stars surrounding us, and use modern methods used by Astronomers to detect exoplanets. Mentees learn how multiple scientific disciplines are connected and offer an amazing perspective into the information about the universe. Concepts of the universe strengthened, combined with continuous technological advancement can, soon help our future astronomers, astrophysicists and astronauts indeed reach for the stars.

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Skills imparted:

  • Observation skills
  • Analytical skills like plotting graphs and interpreting them
  • Scientific skills like spectroscopy
  • Finding Exoplanets using Light Meter
  • Parallax Method to measure distances
  • Cathode Ray Oscilloscope for graphs

Forensic Science

Human race has always had an innate curiosity to investigate, discover and learn due to their intelligence. Some, from a young age, possess a stronger inclination towards working on honing the traits of observation and investigative acumen. These characteristics are ideal for scientists working in the field of forensics, who wish to help make the world a safer place.

The mentees will be eased into their foundation journey by studying documents, fingerprints, and other patterns that can help them reconstruct events. Further along their journey, they will apply ratios and proportions to make estimates about characteristics of the people present at the event in question. Mentees will understand the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science when they learn about topics such as blood and blood patterns. At the end of the journey, they will tackle more complex questions like what makes each human unique as they delve into the world of molecular biology.

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Skills imparted:

Mentees will acquire laboratory skills, especially across chemistry and biology, with a focus on the importance of safety while carrying out experiments. They will also be introduced to several techniques to assist them in their investigations, including:

  • Microscopy
  • pH metry
  • Colorimetry
  • Chromatography
  • Extraction and isolation of DNA
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis

Electronics

he smartphones that we hold in our hand today perform at the average speed of supercomputers used approximately three decades ago. Electronics has advanced so much. How engineers can fit such a small powerful device in our hands is a technological marvel indeed. Covering the basic concepts of Electronic Engineering to advanced Electronic Systems, our mentors use simple analogy, practical examples, lab controlled demonstrations and simplifying complex theories by breaking them down. This helps the mentees understand and soak in the information easily. They learn about Resistance and Capacitance, Potential divider network, Terminal voltage, circuit laws, Resistors in series and parallel, DC and AC, Earthing, Diode, Transistor (BJT, FET & MOSFET)-Digital logic, Switching and Amplification, Logic gate and its application –AND, OR, NOT, EXOR (Boolean algebra), Binary counters, decoder, flip-flops, Timer IC, Memory chip-Reading & writing and Arduino Programming. This elaborate program is the cornerstone for advanced professional electronics specialisation courses, taken up during their higher studies.

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Skills Imparted

  • Learning to use Multimeter
  • Learning to use bread board
  • Learning to use CRO and signal generator
  • Trouble shooting
  • Design of electronic circuit
  • Programming