Udaipur : Four schools across Rajasthan may soon have Atal tinkering labs (ATLs) at their premises. ATLs are part of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) launched by the NITI Ayog, will be established in selected schools in the country to help create an innovation ecosystem in the country. These labs are being set up to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds, and inculcate skills such as design mind set, computational thinking, adaptive learning etc.
“ 13005 schools across India of which 977 were from Rajasthan had applied for ATL, out of which just 237 passed the eligibility criteria” Dr Shailendra Somani, Director of MDS Sr Sec school here said. His school is one among the four in the state to get ATLs. The other three schools are Birla Shishu Vihar (Pilani), Mohanlal Dayal Vinay Mandir School (Alwar) and Ryan International. The selected schools will now be entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NITI Ayog for further process to establish the labs.
Work space for young minds
With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, AIM is establishing ATLs in schools across India. 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. 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. The program of establishment of ATLs across the country would be handled by a National Coordinator (NC) in AIM Directorate.