About Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL)
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 Neoteric1 Innovators’.
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.
What is this programme about?
The ‘Tinkering Lab Framework’ consisting of developers and supporters of this initiative constantly aims at the betterment of facilities meted out to the students. Currently, the application process has been completed and efforts are on to construct ATLs in such a way that maximum students benefit from this program and India’s dream of a smarter yet pragmatic education system is fulfilled. ATL is space where children and youngsters will be able to conceptualize and develop scientific ideas. The best thing about the programme is that they will be able to do their own thing and that too without any hindrance and get all the help that they need. This way they will also learn the different skills that are needed to innovate on a grander scale. The students will be provided a number of kits that will help this entire process.
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