1500 More Schools Added Under Atal Tinkering Labs in 2018
ATAL Update: Niti Ayog, or the National Institute for Transforming India, delivers yet another missile to be learning the process of setting up ATAL Tinkering Labs across India. The intention of the Labs is to provide students with guidance, which develops in them the vision, acumen and confidence to compete at global standards. The ‘inclusiveness’ plan is meant for children living in remote areas of the country or belonging to a marginalized section of the societies, to have the same prospects as the rest of the counterparts.
Here is the list of 1500 schools as issued by the Niti Ayog, who will be soon receiving funds to kickstart their labs. The list has managed to cover schools from areas belonging to Assam, Kerala, Goa etc. 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.”
Before announcing the latest list of 1500 schools, Niti Ayog had already completed the shortlisting of 941 schools which came out in 3 intervals. Schools must follow and meet the guidelines as laid down by the Labs. The schools who are not well-oriented with ATAL Tinkering Labs can follow this link to understand the guidelines and take corrective measures to be on the next list.
Key Features of ATL as per Niti Ayog.
ATL is a workspace where young minds can give shape to their ideas through practical, do-it-yourself methodology; and promote innovativeness. The idea is to help children, who are naturally curious and give flight to their imagination, without losing sight of applicable, scientific laws. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). ATL would contain educational and be learning ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and computers and tools for 3D printing in schools. Other desirable facilities include meeting rooms and video conferencing facility.
To foster inventiveness among students, the Atal Tinkering Labs 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.
As of now, schools like Anand Niketan Group of Schools, Gujarat and G.M. Patel Girls high school have already started their ATL labs in Association with 3Dexter. Unlike other registered vendors, 3Dexter is focusing on the integration of technology such as 3D printing education with the school curriculum, which is giving the company an edge over others.
Keeping in mind that the school will be kept under full surveillance of the government body, it becomes crucial for the school to choose the best vendor and show results to avoid any consequences. This makes it even more important for both the service provider and the school to work together in harmony and thrive for the best possible results.
3Dexter is also a part of the ‘Indicative List of Vendors’ as rolled out by the Atal Innovation Mission team.