The first of the three Atal Tinkering Labs at Bharatesh Education Trust (BET) was inaugurated at D. Y. Chougule Bharatesh High School, Near Fort, Belagavi on 17th August 2021. Nileesh Chougule, MD of Creantors Automation Solutions, was the chief guest of the function. Ravindra Birje, Ex. CEO-MIT Business Incubation Center, Pune was also present.
The full-fledged tinkering lab at DYC Bharatesh High School, set up under the aegis of the Atal Innovation Mission of Government of India’s Niti Aayog, would enable young students to understand and work firsthand on technology such as Robots, Drones, Robotic arms, etc. as well as to create on their own. The lab contains educational and “ Do it yourself “ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, Sensors and 3D printers etc . Students displayed real-time projects built using the equipment in the lab like the functioning of the sound waves, Mars calculator, the launch of the satellite using rockets, 3-D printing and also showcased a video. The lab highlights the purpose to foster inquisitiveness and develop scientific acumen amongst children with the promise to nurture Future Innovators.
With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India. 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.
ATL is a workspace 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).
In order to foster inventiveness 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.
Speaking on the occasion Nilesh Chougule said that this kind of hands-on experience to school children, which was earlier available only at the Diploma level, is now at schools. He also appreciated management efforts to bring the latest technology into the school itself. Rajeev Doddanavar urged staff to base their subject lessons so that students can use the lab and see it for themselves how stuff works. Vinod Doddanavar lauded the ATL saying it’s the beginning of a new era of skill development through new technology and digital platform for creativity at Bharatesh Schools.
Rajeev Doddanavar, Secretary, BET, Shripal Khemlapure, Treasurer, Vinod Doddanavar, Ashok Danawade, Rajendra Ramgonda – Members- Managing Committee, Prashant Kallimani, GC Member, S. N. Akki- Principal, DYC Bharatesh H.S., coordinators of the Bharatesh ATL Anuradha Tigadi and Nitin Revankar, heads of Bharatesh Institutions, teachers and student volunteers were present for the inauguration ceremony.
Other schools can plan a visit to this lab at Bharatesh so that students can avail themselves of this opportunity.