NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Government of India’s flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide in schools, universities and industry, has selected additional 1500 schools for establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs). The addition of these schools is said to give a major boost to realize the vision of the mission to “Cultivate One Million children in India as the Innovators of Tomorrow”.
Addressing the successful inclusion of additional 1500 schools, Mission Director of ATL, R. Ramanan said, “As part of our mission to ‘Transform India into an Innovative Country’ the active engagement of ATLs is extremely important and far reaching in its implications”. This will expand the coverage of ATLs to over 98% Smart cities and 655+ districts.
ATLs are open-ended innovation workspaces equipped with state of the art technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, Sensor Technology Kits, Internet of Things, and miniaturized Electronics among others, enabling students to learn and solve local community problems using emerging Technologies. The students exposed to ATLs have already started designing prototype solutions and engaging in creative projects like better irrigation management, waste management, and sensor based solutions using IOT devices and Robotics in their Labs.