With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India. The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.
ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode; and learn innovation skills. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). ATL would contain educational and learning ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers and computers. Other desirable facilities include meeting rooms and video conferencing facility.
In order to foster inventiveness among students, ATL can conduct different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, exhibitions, workshops on problem solving, designing and fabrication of products, lecture series etc. at periodic intervals.
“The first of its kind in the area”
We take pride in the fact that our school was selected from amongst more than 20,000 schools across the country which applied for the project initiated by NITI Aayog a Government of India initiative under the Atal Innovation Mission in its first year of inception.The Atal Tinkering Labs scheme has the potential to unleash a thousand Ranchos (If you do not know who Rancho is, check out the movie 3-idiots). These Ranchos will be capable of competing with the best in the world. They will come out with new ideas and will start businesses to commercialize such ideas. These businesses may grow to employ millions of people.
The aim of Atal Tinkering Lab is to “Follow Your Ideas ,not just the Books”. It aspiresto transform school students with the enthusiasm to Create,Explore and Develop ideas that can be transformed into reality.
It was a proud moment for the school to inaugurate Atal Tinkering Lab on July 12. The opportunity to set up this lab became possible after our school was shortlisted from among more than 13,000 schools who had registered and participated in the innovative project presentation with the Niti Aayog.
The eminent guests present on the occasion were Dr. Harish Chaudhary , a senior professor from IIT, Delhi, Mr. Munib Ikram, Deputy General Manager, NSIC,Mr. Shubham Kumar from Niti Aayog, Mr. Vinay Kumar from National Science Centre, and a team of trainers Issac, Shalini, Urvi, and Rutuj from Tech Top an NGO that works in collaboration with Niti Aayog.