ISRO plans to get 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across India in order to develop awareness about scientific temperament amongst students.
This approach would also actually inspire students to enrol in space education and innovation related to space technology.
The ISRO and ATAL Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, made the decision by a virtual summit conducted on 11 January 2021.
ISRO plans to get 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across India
The Indian Space Research Organization will be using this opportunity to enable coaching to mentor students in innovative 21st-century cutting-edge technologies, such as those relevant to space as ISRO plans to get 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across India, according to an official statement.
The participants will be taught theoretical and also practical and the application-based conceptual model relating to STEM and Space Education, along with electronics, physics, optics, space technology, material sciences and many other, the statement stated.
The Atal Innovation Mission and NITI Aayog have effectively produced approximately 7,000 ATLS in India so far.
These institutions have encouraged three million more learners to achieve problem-solving, tinkering and creative mindsets among classes 6-12.
The official statement also said that the scientists and engineers from ISRO centres will actively mentor the students and interact with teachers in these ATLS for encouraging experiments brainstorming ideas.
The idea is to spread awareness in space activities in close coordination with the Capacity Building Programme Office at the space agency’s headquarters.
The official response also confirmed that ISRO centre scientists and engineers will effectively mentor participants and work with teachers in these ATLS to promote brainstorming ideas.
This also allows spreading knowledge about the experiments in space-related activities in joint coordination with the Capacity Building Program Office at the headquarters of the space agency.
ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan invited students associated with these ATLs to witness the launch of one of its rockets from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, a spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
In his address, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant expressed joy over collaborating with ISRO to make advancements in space technology via Atal Innovation Mission and its initiatives.
“I am glad that to nurture our future space scientists, ISRO, in collaboration with their regional research centres, are adopting 100 Atal Tinkering Labs where ISRO scientists and researchers will personally guide and mentor the young innovators in the field of STEM education and Space technology,” Kant added.
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