NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the Union government’s flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide in schools, universities and industry, has selected additional 1500 Schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).
With the announcement, the total number of schools selected under the mission equals to 2441 across India. The AIM began its operations over a year ago.
The addition of these schools will give a major boost to realize the vision of the mission to ‘Cultivate One Million children in India as the Innovators of tomorrow’.
What are Atal Tinkering Labs?
• The labs aims to be innovative play workspaces for students between Grade VI to Grade XII, which stimulate innovations combining science & technology.
• These open-ended innovation workspaces would be equipped with state of the art technologies such as 3D printers, Robotics, Sensor Technology Kits, Internet of Things and miniaturized Electronics, which enable the students to learn and solve local community problems using emerging Technologies.
• Through the labs, the students will be encouraged to explore and experience Design Thinking and Innovation, using a do-it-yourself approach and develop innovative solutions to India’s social, community or economic problems.
• The young students who have already got exposure to creative technology platforms to nurture their curiosity, creativity and imagination from ATLs in their schools, have already started designing prototype solutions and started creative projects such as better irrigation management, waste management, and sensor based solutions using IOT devices and Robotics in their Labs.
Impact of ATLs
• The ATLS will help India to transform Young students to Young Innovators.
• It would provide the students with the great opportunity of building a ‘New India’ of their dreams by 2022.
• The active participation of schools and their students in ATL will power the transformations of ‘New India’ through their creativity and innovation.
• The labs are designed to spur the spark of creativity and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning.
• The labs will also enable students to explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.
In total, 2441 schools were selected from over 25000 applications across the country. With the new additions, there will now be at least one or more ATLs in 34 States and Union Territories across the country.