During the third day of the internship, we woke up around 6:30 am as usual. We started out by learning some new vocabulary words such as "polymorphism" and "epigenetics". The teachers then went around the lab and interviewed scientists about their research and work.
Afterwards, we gave the teachers an assignment that was impossible to solve. The goal of this assignment was to get them to say "I don't know". Many teachers are reluctant to do this, and it creates a lot of pressure on the students and teachers, and does not allow for real scientific research. It took about an hour before they finally said the phrase "I don't know!" We discussed how this can really hinder the scientific learning process.
We then taught the teachers how to use Google Scholar and Pubmed, and how these tools can be used for scientific research.
I then presented my thermocycler to waves of graduate students until I was picked up by Rajiv. His driver brought me to Amity University where I met Dr. W. Selvamurthy, the president of Amity Science, Technology, & Innovation Foundation. He talked about how Amity has universities throughout world, and we also discussed my thermocycler. He appreciated the science and innovation of the idea and invited me to give a lecture later this week. I also spoke with numerous professors about my machine, and they were all intrigued. We finished up with an amazing dinner with Rajiv. We were treated to chicken, lamb, sweets, veggies and more!