We strongly believe that education must reach to everyone, with the same horizon Central Government Of India comes with ATL (Atal Tinkering Lab) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) by NITI Aayog.

Background


The Government of India has setup the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog. Realising the need to create scientific temper and cultivate the spirit of curiosity and innovation among young minds, AIM proposes to support establishment of a network of Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL). 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. The vision is to ,,Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators.

Objectives


The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mind-set, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand what, how and why aspects 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 etc. An illustrative list of equipment and kits is described in Annex IV. This list shall be updated regularly. The schools are also free to purchase any other equipment or kit, if required.

Activities conducted by ATL


  • Adequate number of faculty members
  • Mentors/volunteers for hand-holding and guidance in either an online or face-to-face environment
  • Monthly programs to teach and explain students about different concepts - ranging from ideation, design, proto-typing, networking to physical computing.
  • Periodic regional and national level competitions.
  • Periodic exhibitions / fairs / carnivals.
  • Workshops on problem solving, designing and fabrication of products.
  • Interactions with relevant stakeholders including industry, academia and students from other schools and colleges and universities.
  • Screening of films and organizing popular STEM and entrepreneurship talks by reputed speakers.
  • Summer and winter camps.
  • The timings of ATL should be such that it allows students to come after working hours of the host institution (Applicant) to experiment and tinker.
  • During working hours , specific time periods can be defined and included in the curricula of different grades to introduce the concept of tinkering laboratories.
  • An advisory body comprising of following suggested members:
  • a) Principal of the school - Chairman
    b) Faculty in-charge of the ATL - Convener
    c) Representative from local industry / local community /young innovators / reputed academia / alumni - Three Members

Final List of 257 Schools

Guidelines to setup Atal Tinkering Labs May 2016

List of Schools Shortlisted