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Young Inventors- Aryan Tanwar’s Smart School Bag

Heavy school bags lead to heavier prices. And no, it’s not about how cheap or expensive their school bag is, but about the price kids have to pay physically as a result of lugging hefty, book-laden bags to school on their delicate shoulders, every day for twelve years of their young lives.

Heavy school bags lead to heavier prices. And no, it’s not about how cheap or expensive their school bag is, but about the price kids have to pay physically as a result of lugging hefty, book-laden bags to school on their delicate shoulders, every day for twelve years of their young lives.
Numerous peer-reviewed research papers document the serious health hazards that kids face on account of carrying excessively heavy school bags to school. Recurring back pain, severe and irreversible musculoskeletal deformities and disfiguring curvatures of the spine, known as scoliosis- these are some of the perils of heavy school bags encountered by today’s kids. This problem is prevalent not only in India but also all over the world.
In order to tackle this menace, the Indian Government has made it mandatory for children to bring books to school only according to the timetable, and has limited the weight of school bags to one tenth of the child’s body weight. But this is easier said than done. Lax school managements, parents and indeed the children themselves haven’t woken up to this clear and present danger yet. Despite rules made for the benefit of the children, no entity has been able to enforce them strictly. Children, thus, unwarily continue to lug twenty kg bags to school every day.
While governments and health organisations across the world continue to ponder over this widespread scourge, a bright Indian kid, Aryan Tanwar, has come up with an innovative, practical and eminently enforceable idea to lighten the burden of his peers.
All of 13, Aryan has developed a ‘Smart School Bag’ which ensures that children keep only the required books in the school bag for that particular day and not all the books. This is done through an automated process that is innovative and at the same time breathtakingly simple.
An RFID tag is attached to each book/note-book and red and green LED bulbs are connected to the ‘Smart School Bag’. The ‘Smart School Bag’ is synced with the child’s school timetable, which is fed into the system. As soon as a book is put into the bag, the bag reads the tag, compares the detected book against that day’s timetable and then turns on red or green LED to show if the book/note-book is required that day or not.
This automated process helps in saving a lot of time and effort on the part of the student, and very importantly, ensures that only required books are carried to school each day.
And is doesn’t just stop at that.
The ‘Smart School Bag’ is geared to obtain the day’s weather prediction from reliable and well-known weather-sites such as weather.com. According to the weather forecast of the day, the bag tells the student whether there is a need to carry a rain-coat, umbrella or jacket to school. This also helps in avoiding the unnecessary carrying of weather-related paraphernalia, thereby further lessening a child’s load.
Isn’t that an interesting solution to this most pressing problem school kids have to tackle daily?
Aryan’s creation was featured in the Delhi Mini Maker’s Faire in 2016 and generated a lot of buzz among the audience and judges alike.
The seventh grade student of National Public School, Bangalore, hopes to continue creating meaningful, tech-related innovations in the future.