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Why Atal Tinkering lab (ATL)

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Atal Tinkering Lab is a space for the creative young minds of India to think and do things innovatively. The brand is carefully woven for the setting up of ATL labs in Kerala and across India. It has backed up more than 1000 Atal Tinkering Labs in the country today. STEMpedia has also been pivotal in finding a space for itself in the AI step-up module which is being provided to all it’s ATL labs. We have trained over 100,000 students through this brand and created Codeavour- the best international competition for students with participants from over 40 countries. Our brand has proven that education means quality output!

As we all know, ATL fosters critical thinking, developing problem solving ability and think out of box in order to solve problems faced by the society of today to build a better future. India is working against time in terms of population explosion and needs to create avenues of employment for millions in the near future. Academicians around the world note that in the year 2030 almost 72% of the jobs as we see today will become non-existent. Hence, the child in school today has to be equipped with 21st century skills and knowledge in order to cater to the joblessness of the future. With this in mind, Indian government and India’s think-tank NITI Aayog is on a mission to raise an army of young individuals who will be entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, scientists, thinkers and visionaries.

Atal Tinkering Lab-List of Equipments

Tools ranging for rapid prototyping to electronic component are provided in the lab as a result, 3.5 million students from around 7200+ ATLs across 722 districts in 34 Indian states and Union territories across India have been able to invent, innovate and create products, ideas of over 1 lakh. These are astonishing figures. Here is a list of the mandatory of the 187 electronic components as listed by Atal Innovation Mission

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Atal Tinkering Lab Package 1 includes all components for electronic development, Internet of Things & sensors, original DIY STEM kits, free programming software (PictoBlox), and Smartphone app (Dabble) for a complete hands-on STEM learning experience.

Atal tinkering lab package 3 mechanical tools and equipments

Atal Tinkering Lab Package 3 includes high-quality tools (of popular and trustworthy brands like Stanley and Singer) for electronic and mechanical prototyping such drill set, soldering equipment, multimeter, telescope, etc.

Atal Tinkering Lab Package 2 includes tools to explore 3D printing technology which is rapidly changing the face of prototyping, rapid prototyping, and DIY crafting as per the ATL Equipment List – Anycubic i3 Mega 3D Printer, filament rolls, containers, cardboard, foam core board, etc.

Atal Tinkering Lab Package 4 includes components for tinkering such as adapters, sandpaper & cable ties. It also includes components for safety such as first aid kits, safety masks, fire extinguishers, safety goggles, etc.

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Services Throughout the Atal Tinkering Lab Set-Up

Pre Grant-In-Aid Support

Free documentation support for receiving grant-in-aid, PFMS, and support for registering on GeM & AIM ATL Portal

Free Printables

Flex banners, posters, and editable graphics for creating the perfect ambiance of innovation in your Atal Tinkering Lab

Free Lab Layout Design

Including storage facility, power supply, basic infrastructure, furniture style, tinkering zone, proper ventilation, etc

Support During ATL Set-up

Free installation of all equipment and software in your Atal Tinkering Lab and provision of usage guidelines

Expert Training and Round the Clock Support

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Complete ATL Learning Package

Free year-long Atal Tinkering Lab curriculum design by in-house experts and 500+ projects and online tutorials on electronics, programming, robotics, and ATL equipment

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24×7 Phone and Online Support

Virtual mentoring from our STEM experts and round-the-clock phone support for all technical queries regarding your Atal Tinkering Lab

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Training Program and Monthly Visits

Free 5-day training program and demo students session by our experienced trainer, monthly visits, and lifetime in-house support for teachers and direct training for students

Online training and classes

Free Online Courses

100 login IDs for premium online courses on basics of electronics, programming, robotics, and 3D printing free of cost

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Support in Competitions

Assistance for participating in regional, national, and international competitions organized by NITI Aayog, IIT, Incubation centers or any other organization

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Free Software and Mobile App

Graphical programming software (PictoBlox) for making coding fun and ingenious Smartphone app for seamless project interaction and control

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Atal tinkering lab?

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Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is Government of India’s flagship initiative to create and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of our country. AIM’s objective is to develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of the economy, provide platforms and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, and create an umbrella structure to oversee the innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem of the country. Read More about AIM


What are the objectives of Atal Tinkering Lab?

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The major objectives of establishing ATL include the following:
a. To create workspaces where young minds can learn innovation skills, sculpt ideas through hands-on
activities, work and learn in a flexible environment.
b. To empower our youth with the 21 century skills of creativity, innovation, critical thinking, design
thinking, social and cross-cultural collaboration, ethical leadership and so on.
c. To help build innovative solutions for India’s unique problems and thereby support India’s efforts to grow as a knowledge economy.


What are the ATL application guidelines?

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1.0 Background
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) in India. ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode and learn / develop innovation skills. The vision is to ‘Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’.

2.0 Objectives
The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mind-set, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, rapid calculations, measurements etc. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand what, how and why aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

3.0 Features of Scheme
ATLs can be established in schools (minimum Grade VI – X) managed by State/ Central Government, Local body (Municipality / Nagar Nigam), Private trusts/society or Tribal/Social welfare department etc.

4.0 Funding Support
4.1. The applicant schools would be provided financial support in the form of Grant-in-aid for a maximum period of 5 years.
4.2. Key aspects of funding ATLs in schools:
a) 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 illustrative list of equipment and kits is at Annexure V. A checklist of mandatory equipment and other infrastructure would be communicated to selected schools. The schools will procure equipment and kits at their end, however the AIM will provide support for the same.
b) An amount of Rs. 10.00 lakh would be provided for each ATL over a maximum period of 5 years for operation of ATLs, maintenance of equipment, purchase of consumables, organising popular science lecture series, innovation events and other scientific activities, competitions and payment of honorariums to the faculty and mentors involved.
4.3. Contributions from philanthropic and other institutions and under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) would be encouraged for financing / upgrading ATLs. Local Industry / Institution will be encouraged to support the initiative by creating subject/domain specific exhibits/tinkering laboratory facilities.

5.0 Infrastructure
The applicant school would have to provide at least 1,500 Sq. Ft. of built up space. Applicant schools from hilly / Himalayan and island states, UTs would have to provide atleast 1,000 Sq. Ft. of built up space. The existing facilities for meeting rooms and video conferencing among others can be used to supplement the laboratory space.

6.0 Application
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. The prescribed application format is at Annexure III. Additionally, a declaration form on the school letterhead will have to be uploaded online by the school, the format is at Annexure
IV. It can also be downloaded from the application form.
The applications would be screened based on the screening criteria. Shortlisted applicants will then be evaluated based on Selection Criteria (Annexure II).
Selected Schools will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (Annexure VI) and Bond (Annexure VII) with AIM. The schools managed by Government (Central / States) or local body (Municipality / Nagar Nigam) are exempted from executing the Bond.
The above Scheme and guidelines are subject to periodic review/revision in consultation
with MHLC of Atal Innovation Mission.

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How to operate an Atal Tinkering Lab successfully?

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, aims to combine the physical and digital world across all disciplines and industries. Emerging breakthrough technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Robotics, etc. are the core of the fourth industrial revolution.

Developing a Comprehensive Plan
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Before getting your hands on establishing the Atal Tinkering Lab, it is essential that you plan for the entire process – draw up a plan, create an organisational structure along with a reference document which has all the details. By developing a plan, you will be making a note of all the steps on a piece of paper which can be executed in the future by you and your team and will be a guiding document throughout. A fullfledged plan in hand will allow you to take the necessary actions to set up the lab, monitor its performance and also administer the workflow of the lab. A properly detailed plan will increase your work efficiency and
help you achieve the desired results.
The key elements of your plan should include
• Functional Areas – Physical space and other physical resources – Design should be such that the lab can function both as a workstation and as a classroom
• Human Resources – Extremely important to allocate/appoint the right kind of people to manage the lab and conduct activities that will/can encourage students to innovate
• Content to be used in the lab – It will be as specified by AIM. In order to ensure that there is constant innovation and optimum use of technology, the delivery of the content has to be in a manner that engages and appeals / attracts the target audience – students/ teachers and community
• Tools & Materials – Technical resources – All tools and materials should be in sync with content that
will be used and should be procured accordingly – phase-wise on need basis
• Time Management – Session in Tinkering Labs should be given equal importance as for any
other subject in the school. The goal should be to include tinkering as a part of the syllabus and have
sessions where children are free to think, create and play using various instruments in the lab.


What is the ATL curriculum?

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ATL Curriculum
1ATL Introduction
2ATL Teacher Training ModuleATL Teacher Training Reference Material
3Computational Thinking Module
4Physical Computing (IoT) Module
5Space Module
6Drone Module
7Artificial Intelligence
8Python Learning Module
9Gaming Module
10App Development Module
11WCF CyberSmart Portal
123D Design and Printing Module
13Intellectual Property Module
14Creating a Business Pitch
15Ethical Leadership in Tinkering and Innovation (ELTI) Module


What activities and event should you conduct in my Atal Tinkering Lab?

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Your guide to what events should be conducted in the ATL for 2021-22 is here.