Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL)

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). ATL would contain educational and learning ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers and computers. Other desirable facilities include meeting rooms and video conferencing facility.

Eligibility: Schools (minimum Grade VI - X) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society 

Financial Support: Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) will provide grant-in-aid that includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 Lakh and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL.

Area: All Science Disciplines

Funding Agency: NITI Aayog