Indian Space Program to Boost with Adoption of 100 Atal Tinkering Labs
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that focuses on the development of technologies and performs space-related tasks, would soon aid in coaching and mentoring students. The outlined plans would thereby put a major focus on the Indian space program, research, and development initiatives in the technologically advancing world.
The decision to collaborate was taken by the ISRO and Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog at a recently held virtual meeting. Launched by the Indian Government in 2016, AIM focused on creating and promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the country.
As per an official statement, ISRO would adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) across the country. The aim is to encourage students for space education and related tech innovations. It would also promote scientific temperament amongst the students. This would automatically fulfil ATL’s objective, which is to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, rapid calculations, measurements etc.
Delighted over the collaboration with ISRO, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog said, “I am glad that to nurture our future space scientists, ISRO, in collaboration with their regional research centers, 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.”
Other than gaining theoretical and practical knowledge, the students would also know more about application-based of STEM and Space Education related concepts, i.e. Space Electronics, Physics, Technology, Optics, Material sciences etc. So far, the Atal Innovation Mission and NITI Aayog have together established over 7,000 ATLs across the country. More than three million students have received a problem solving, tinkering and innovative mindset.
Under the new discussion, ISRO scientists and engineers would actively interact both with the children and the teachers for encouraging experiments, ideas and spreading awareness in space activities. A space report at an Indian state suggested that ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan even invited students associated with ATLs to observe the launch of its rockets from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, a spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Overall, such initiatives would further scale up capabilities within the Indian space program, while contributing to the space economy.