The Government of India's think tank Niti Aayog has come up with an exciting method for children to learn. This is not a different idea but an idea of practical lessons implemented differently. Named Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) under the Atal Innovation Method (AIM), it aims to cultivate one million children in India as neoteric innovators.
What is the objective of ATL?
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 ATL by Niti Aayog to Promote STEM Learning?
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).
How does ATL work for STEM learning?
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.
Other activities by ATL for STEM learning
In order to foster STEM learning and innovation 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.
Is there a financial support available for students?
Yes! 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.
Schools (minimum Grade VI - X) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society to set up ATL.
How to apply?
Apply online through the ATL official website.
The last date to apply for the ATL is 15 July 2017