With a vision to encourages millions of young innovators in India, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) by NITI Aayog and Government of India, introduced a novel program "Atal Tinkering Laboratories" (ATLs). The goal is to transform the innovation and entrepreneurship
ecosystem in the country. The Government of India focused on creating an eco-system in the country that nurtures the development and technological usage to deal with complex problems with advanced solutions. It
enables a "Do It Yourself" approach for students that can push curiosity, creativity and imaginative minds, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, etc. Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs)
have been idealized towards the futuristic skill sets among children by providing them with access to multiple technologies. It also enables youngsters to create new solutions to solve the challenges they see in
their communities. By considering the Prime Minister of India’s vision to enable children to innovate and perform tasks on their own in India and take our country a step forward. Today, more than 13 thousand schools
have applied for ATLs.
Package of ATLs for Schools
Electronics Development, Robotics, Internet of Things and Sensors
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative of the Government of India. The aim is to create an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem with the public-private partnerships, across India. The Atal Tinkering
Lab (ATL) initiative is aimed at enhancing the Indian Education System. It is converting thoughts to reality, where the young children (max 12 years of age) are being introduced to the world of technological innovation.
ATL made to experience totally different microenvironments in Indian schools. This is allowing the children to work around their area of interest without having a fixed syllabus.
The ATL mission is empowering a nationwide mass movement, creating millions of young pioneers at the very beginning. The initial focus of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is towards creating an institutional
framework, to raise innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Through the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL), AIM is encouraging innovation at the school level, where the students get a good chance to experience creative thinking and broaden their cognitive horizons of solutions
to everyday problems.
The Mentor of Change (MoC) Program is another National Movement governed by AIM with a goal of building a stronger nation. It is a campaign for the citizens where the skilled professionals provide free guidance
to young ATL innovators. AIM's Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) are creating super fine ecosystems for start-ups to prosper with the required handholding (access to mentoring and investor networks).
The objective of Atal Tinkering Lab
The intent behind the creation of Atal Tinkering Labs include the following reasons:
To design creative workspaces where young minds can master innovation skills, shape ideas through hands-on activities, and learn new techniques in a flexible environment.
To empower the young generation with skills of creativity, innovation, analytical thinking, design thinking, social & cross-cultural collaboration, ethical leadership, etc.
To provide golden opportunities to work with tools and equipment to understand the what, how and why aspects of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
To help create advanced solutions for unique problems (in India) and provide support to grow as a knowledge economy.
Significance of Atal Tinkering Lab for India
By merging the traditional teaching techniques with the latest learning techniques which include innovations and creativeness is going to be the key to the development of a unique mixture of the
education system in India.
The Government of India has embarked on a noble mission to create an ecosystem that encourages futuristic skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, adaptive learning, and computational
skills in children. ATL initiative opens a vision to create millions of neoteric innovators.
With this initiative, the imaginative and problem tackling capability of young children is being nurtured. This step is equipping them with the desired skills of the future.
The approach to several ATL assets is serving children with creative and dynamic solutions to real-world problems. In addition, the main aim of the initiative is to create an army of dynamic innovators to
create a New India.