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The Government of India has set up the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog, realizing the need to create scientific temper and cultivate a spirit of curiosity and innovation among young minds. AIM proposes to support the establishment of a network of ATLs in India. It is a lab with various electronics, mechanical, design tools, and equipment. The vision of ATL is to ‘Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’.

NITI Aayog grants some funds to the school to build infrastructure, to buy suggested equipment and tools. With the help of the funds, the school can buy the equipment suggested by the NITI Aayog. Now schools can invite students to make creative projects for various competitions or to make their own creative prototype.

Atal Tinkering Lab Eligibility Criteria for Schools: Infrastructure

  • All-weather area (1,500 sq. ft.) 
  • All-weather area (1,000 sq. ft.) in hilly / Himalayan and island states, UTs
  • Computer Lab with internet facility 
  • Steady Electricity connection 
  • Science Lab 
  • Library and Playground 

Faculty

  • Dedicated & qualified staff: Maths & Sciences 

Reach 

  • Enrolment – Min. 400 students in Grade VI – X 
  • Enrolment – Min. 250 students in Grade VI – X in hilly states 
  • Regular attendance of 75% & above of the staff & enrolled students over the past 3 years

NITI Aayog shall provide financial support in the form of grant-in-aid of Rs. 20 Lakh. One time establishment charge of up to Rs. 10.00 lakh would be provided for each ATL in the first year for instruments, prototyping equipment like do-it-yourself kits, 3D printer, electronic tools, etc.  An amount of Rs. 10.00 lakh would be provided for each ATL over a maximum period of 5 years for the operation of ATLs, maintenance of equipment, purchase of consumables, organizing popular science lecture series, innovation events and other scientific activities, competitions and payment of honorariums to the faculty and mentors involved.

  1. % of students scoring 60 – 69.99% in Grade X & XII board exams in the previous 3 years.
  2. % of students scoring 70 – 79.99% in Grade X & XII board exams in the previous 3 years.
  3. % of students scoring 80 – 89.99% in Grade X & XII board exams previous 3 years.
  4. % of students scoring 90% and above in Grade X & XII board exams in the previous 3 years
  5. Participation level in Science Innovation fair/ events.

Applicant schools intending to establish ATLs may visit http://www.niti.gov.in and submit their application online to the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.

Once the school gets the grant they can start with the preparation of the room coloring, light fitting, internet connection, and other infrastructure. Meanwhile, the school can select a vendor to purchase suggested equipment and tools. Once school is done with purchasing it is the time to train the teachers from the school for ATL.  Initially, the school should provide an opportunity for all the students to visit the lab and ask the students to perform some activities. After that, the school can select interested students for regular learning sessions. Open ATL for all the new ideas of the students.

Introduction to  Atal Tinkering Laboratories

In simple words, Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) is an initiative proposed by the Govt. of India under the AIM (Atal Innovation Mission) by NITI Aayog. The main objective of ATL is to cultivate 1 million students studying in schools across India as Neoteric Innovators. Atal Tinkering Lab is a workplace that consists of modern 21st-century innovative technologies that will help the students to learn and solve the local issues with the help of their creative thinking abilities which they develop by gaining the knowledge from using such technologies.

The other types of schemes that come under AIM are 

  • Construction of Atal Tinkering Laboratories in the eligible schools.
  • Establishment of New Incubation Centers

ATL provides the students with a perfect learning environment that gives them a chance to experiment with the tools and types of equipment to grasp the concept of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education system which builds up cognitive thinking and encourages students to apply STEM learning concepts to decode real-life problems using real-life scenarios.

The students will get a chance to engage with the “do it yourself” activities that will help to build a habit of learning by experimenting. In order to meet the technological advancement in education, it is vital for all the schools to set up a complete Atal tinkering lab at their premises.

ATL targets the students of Class VI to XII and helps to nurture, investigative, problem-solving and scientific skills and bring out the true potential of students. The schools which are equipped with ATL are not only limited to teaching students the school curriculum but also make them aware of the latest technology trends.

The Atal Tinkering Lab powered by Tinkerly consists of 180+ tools such as Do-it-yourself kits, Robotics, 3D Printer mechanical & electrical equipment and consumables in accordance with the guidelines of NITI Aayog.

Tinkerly provides a set of four packages for schools that are created as per the guidelines of NITI aayog.

What are the benefits of the Atal Tinker Lab?

The goal of setting up ATLs in school premises provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn innovative things by using the practical approach rather than learning from only the textbook as a reference point.

  • The students will learn under the expert guidance of mentors who will help to clear doubts of the students and provide them with assistance.
  • This approach will help the kids to gain insight into engineering and technological level knowledge.
  • The students will get a chance to explore the practical relevance of STEM concepts by using the necessary tools and equipment.
  • It will help to bring out the true potential of the kid by providing them with DIY kits using which they can utilize their unexplored power of creativity and logic.  It will make the kids the problem-solvers of the future.

How does an ATL lab work?

NITI Aayog grants some funds to the schools in order to help the school build proper infrastructure and to buy the necessary tools and equipment. Using these funds, the schools can buy the suggested equipment by the NITI Aayog. Schools will get a chance to invite students to make creative & innovative projects for various types of competition.

How much financial support is provided by AIM for ATL set up?

The NITI Aayog will provide financial support for ATL establishment in the form of Grant-in-aid of Rs 20 Lakhs. During the first year, a one time establishment cost of up to Rs. 10 Lakh will be provided for each Atal Tinkering Lab for the purpose of buying instruments, DIY kits, 3D printer, prototyping equipment, electronic tools, etc. Over a maximum period of 5 years, an amount of Rs 10 Lakh will be provided for each Atal tinker lab for the operations of atal tinkering lab projects, equipment maintenance, consumables purchase, arranging science lectures series, innovative events and carry out other types of scientific activities, competitions and payment of honorariums to the mentors and staff members involved.

What are the basic features of the AIM (Atal Innovation Mission)?

The Atal tinkering lab which comes under the AIM (Atal Innovation Mission) proposes to provide the establishment support for creating a network of ATLs in India.

  1. A minimum of 25% of the Atal Tinker lab is reserved to be set up in schools that are managed by the government (Central or State).
  2. The schools (Grade VI-X) which are managed by Government, local body or any private society/trust are eligible to set up ATLs in their school premises.

Where can the schools apply for an Atal Tinkering lab  grant?

The school that wishes to establish Atal Tinker lab must visit the site http://www.niti.gov.in and must submit their online application directly to the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.

NITI Aayog invites applications from the eligible schools for the establishment of ATL. In response to this invitation, schools can apply online.

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Click here to learn about the Complete guidelines for setting up Atal Tinkering Laboratories.

How Tinkerly Can Help In Setting ATLs?

Tinkerly believes in the aim of creating a special education system for the students that will give them the freedom to explore their inner creativity and gives them an opportunity to come up with innovative ideas via practical learning.

The parent company Elation Edtech Pvt. Ltd is a part of an indicative list of vendors by NITI Aayog and is registered as an authorized company to sell the ATL packages via Govt. e-Marketplace (GeM).

Tinkerly provides a wide range of STEM solutions for schools and also provides services like installation and training sessions. It has a dedicated mobile app named Let’s Tinker App which is capable of working as your personal virtual assistant and helps to get the best out of Atal tinkering lab by providing you with ATL content, daily challenges, and activity videos. Apart from the app,  Tinkerly can also help the school by organizing boot camps, workshops, lesson plans, mentoring in marathons, guest lectures, etc.

What is the Selection Criteria For setting up Atal Tinkering Lab in schools?

The Schools must meet the following criteria to apply for the Atal Tinker Lab:

  • The schools which are applying for ATLs must have to allocate at least 1500 sq. ft of the built-up space. There is an exception for the schools which are situated in the Hilly and island states as they have to provide at least 1000 sq. ft of space.
  • The school must be equipped with a computer lab &  internet with a good wi-fi facility with a steady electrical connection. Apart from all this, there must be a science lab, library, playground for recreation activities and dedicated and experienced teachers who have excellent knowledge in Maths and Science domain respectively.
  • The regular attendance of 75% & above of the enrolled students and staff members over the past 3 years.
  • The performance of the school  students must be in the following order:

– Percentage of students scoring (60-69.99% in Class 10th & 12th Board exams in the previous 3 years)

– Percentage of students scoring (70-79.99% marks in Class  10th & 12th Board exams respectively in the previous 3 years.)

– Percentage of students scoring 80% marks and above in Class 10th & 12th Board exams in the previous 3 years.)

  • It also depends upon the participation level of the school in extracurricular science activities like Science Innovation events etc.
  • The Applicant schools will have to appoint an adequate number of staff members who will be given a daily task to manage the day-to-day activities of the laboratory.

During the working hours of the Atal Tinkering Lab, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure the safety of the kids.

What Are The Next Steps After Obtaining The Grant for ATL establishment? 

After receiving the grant the school can select a vendor to purchase suggested tools & equipment. Once it is done with purchasing it is now time to train and prepare the school teachers for Atal tinkering lab. In the initial days, the school will give equal opportunities to all the students who are visiting the lab and instruct them to perform activities using the available tools. After this phase, the school will examine the interested candidates for daily learning sessions.

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