Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) is one of the flagship schemes proposed under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
The main idea behind setting up of ATLs is encouraging the young students to understand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts practically and creatively using the specific tools and equipment. The approach is aimed at eliminating the limitations caused by monotonous classroom learning and using only textbooks as a reference without any exposure to a practical approach.
In today’s education system, Atal Tinkering Lab refers to space where the children can experiment with, learn, develop and conceptualize different scientific ideas. Atal Tinkering Lab facilitates projects similar to DIY projects where the students are stimulated to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom. It not only helps the students to learn the real-life application and importance of the theories learned from their books but will also develop a natural kinship towards STEM. If the students are offered the ideal ambience and tools for practically experiencing the theories they learned in the classroom, they would also be encouraged to dig deeper and innovate something new. If we take a look at most of the scientific or engineering innovations, we would find that innovation happens when a few different theories are offered a blended together in a meaningful, focused way.
It is what exactly happens in an Atal Tinkering Lab where the students can practically experiment with the knowledge, try to restructure the theories learned in the classroom and see the transformed results.
There are various work stations under ATL:
5. RAPID PROTOTYPING TOOLS
ATL was inaugurated on 28.10.2020 by Mrs.Usha Reddy- President, Andhra Mahila Sabha, in the presence of S.V Rao-Chairman, DDMS(AMS)-P.Obul Reddy Public School, Mrs.Latha Shankar, Principal, Mrs.Vinitha Anil, Vice Principal(Senior Secondary), Mrs.Nagaveena Byreddy,Vice Principal(High School), Mrs.Udita Reddy Head Mistress (Primary), Mrs.Vijaya Durga ,Head Mistress (Pre-Primary).