Alacrity focuses on Electronics and Communication. From organizing treasure hunts involving the use of antennae to teaching you about the seemingly simple laws of reflection by building lasers. Alacrity promises to take E&C out of classrooms. The ideal category to watch out for if you are an electronics buff.
Mazer Lazer was organised on the first, third, and fourth days of TechTatva’16. As the name evidently suggests, the event involved testing one’s knowledge about lasers and the subsequent laws of physics governing them. The event produced a good turnout, with twenty seven teams of two to three participants turning up for round one.
Round one was an aptitude test on the laws of reflection, mirrors, and other general aptitude questions. The test, however, was far from basic. The wit and depth behind each question was well-received by the participants. Ten teams managed to qualify to the next round.
Round two was where the practical applications of the aptitude test came into the picture. Using previously calculated formulae, the participants had to align their mirrors placed in between a beam and a wooden slab so that the laser beam would travel the shortest possible distance to reflect on the slab. Eight teams managed to make it to the finals. Round three was not as easy as it seemed. The participants were given lasers and different kinds of mirrors. The mirrors had to be submerged in a tank of soapy water, and by using the submerged instruments, the participants had to transmit the light through the tank.
Circuitrix was everything electrical and electronic. With more than seventy participants, Alacrity’s most popular event had an excellent reception. The organisers had come well prepared for the event, with a warning slide of ‘Warning-Brain Explosion’ greeting the bemused participants. Round one of Circuitrix was a general quiz. Questions ranging from Arduino UNO to simple logic puzzles baffled the audience. One could cut through the tension with a knife, and a few memes on Game of Thrones and the infamous pen-pineapple-apple-pen song were needed to lighten the mood. Out of the thirty two registered teams, ten managed to make it to the next round.
The second round of Circuitrix was essentially a two-page short story, riddled with puns and references to various electronic devices that were marooned on an island. As if the participants weren’t baffled already, they were asked to list out all the useful electronic devices for making a circuit used in a metal detector. Later, they were asked to describe the usefulness of their circuit as well. None of the teams were knocked out, but the first three teams earned an advantage for the next round.
Round three was all about the practical applications of metal detectors. The participants were sent into a dark room, and asked to detect and identify all the metal objects in the room with the detectors that were constructed in the penultimate round. If that wasn’t enough, Circuitrix signed off on a classic game of snake and ladders with a metallic twist. “We’re testing out the efficiency and accuracy of the metal detectors they’ve made. We’ve ensured that the weight of the item doesn’t give away what it is. All the samples feel like they have the same weight, size, and shape when you hold them.” assured event head, Anirudha Nayak.
Foxhunt was a treasure hunt wherein the participants learnt how to build an antenna and using that as a transmitter, had to complete the treasure hunt. This event is over ten years old and was conceptualized by the current director of MIT, Dr. G.K. Prabhu. Round one was a written test which tested the technical prowess of all the participants. Participants were split into teams of two or three for a forty-five minute test. Thirty five teams participated, with only eight teams making it to the next round,
Round two required the participants to build the reflector of their antennae. After that, the participants had to build the driven element and the director for the antenna. Despite being one of the toughest rounds of this category, the organizers pulled it off flawlessly. Round three, like every Alacrity event, involved practical application of the concepts that were taught in the previous rounds. A professor transmitted signals from a remote part of the campus. The participants had to triangulate his position through their antennae. In the end, the event exceeded expectations by quite a margin.