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Expert shows how reuse daily dross
Indian toy inventor and science personality Arvind Gupta shows
Charnwood-Dunlop Primary School year 6 students Emily Rudder, 12,
Marcus Andreatta, 11, Lily Drew, 11, and Tarek Charara, 11, how to make
toys from trash.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Most of us don't think twice before
throwing away or recycling a water
bottle. But where we see rubbish
Arvind Gupta sees possibility.
The Indian science educator and toy
maker has been teaching the world
how to make Toys from Trash for
30 years, documenting around 1300
on his website.
Videos of his creations, in several
languages. including English, Hindi
and Spanish, have attracted more than
41 million views and more than
20,000 of his books are downloaded
He now travels the world teaching
children how to make toys and science
experiments out of things they would
usually throw away and this week is in
Canberra to host workshops at schools
and, as part of Hotel Hotel's Fix and
Make series, during his first visit to
The best way to learn science is by
doing,'' he said.
If a child makes a simple electric
motor. . .thenyoucanseethe
happiness in their face, it's the sense
that they've really understood how a
After writing a popular book,
Matchstick Models & Other Science
Experiments, he has since travelled to
3000 schools in India alone.
The most exciting classes are the
ones where the teacher says I don't
know much I'm exploring with you',''
While many Indians earn their
living from recycling, he said all over
the world cities are struggling to
process vast quantities of waste.
Encouraging children to rethink
rubbish could go some way to easing
the burden and, in this case, the
abundance of the dreaded plastic bottle
has an upside.
If you go wrong somewhere it's
not the end of the world, you can
always pick up another bottle,'' he
That fear of failure goes away.''
PARAMEDICS ATTEND WOMAN
ACT Policing investigate a suspicious
death on the Kingston foreshore.
Photo: Karleen Minney
Police investigating the death of a 29-year-old
woman in an apartment on the Kingston
Foreshore confirmed on Monday they are no
longer treating the incident as suspicious.
ACT Policing was called to an apartment in
Eastlake Parade by paramedics about 1.50am
on Friday morning, where police said they
found the woman dead.
A 31-year-old man, who police said also
lives in the waterfront apartment, was assisting
police with their investigations.
A police spokeswoman would not comment
on the nature of the relationship between the
man and the deceased woman.
When asked on Friday morning by The
Canberra Times if there was a disturbance,
police would only say they were called by the
At that stage no charges had been laid and
police officers had been doorknocking
neighbours all night.
ACT Policing's criminal investigation team
also examined the scene and forensics attended
to prepare a report for the ACT Coroner.
Police on Monday confirmed an autopsy has
found the death was not suspicious.
Police have notified the woman's immediate
family, who have requested privacy.
LIBRARIES CLOSED, MARCH 2
All ACT public libraries and the ACT Heritage
Library, will be closed on Wednesday to allow
staff to attend the annual Libraries ACT.
Libraries ACT director Vanessa Little said
the meeting was impromptu but enabled staff to
contribute to planning for future programs,
events and initiatives for the library service.
"Due to the seven-day-a-week operation of
libraries, this is the only way library staff can
meet for this purpose,'' she said.
Regular programs, including children's
Story Time and Giggle and Wiggle, will not run
on the day nor will home library services.
People can still use online services including
searching, reserving and renewing items. After-
hours return chutes at each library will be
available 24 hours a day.
Libraries ACT thanked users for their
patience and understanding.
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