Atal Tinkering Labs for encouraging innovation among children

Atal Tinkering Labs for encouraging innovation among children

Posted by P. Charitha on November 1st 2016

With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission has established 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. These labs have been established under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its objective is to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas including Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU).

Features
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 will  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.

Finances
AIM will provide grant-in-aid that includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lakh and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL.

Eligibility
Schools (Grade VI – XII) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society to set up ATL.
 
Please click the link below for the List of Schools Shortlisted for Stage 4: Innovation Challenge for Establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories under Atal Innovation Mission

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