“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.” – Dean Kamen
The introduction of ATL tinkering labs promises a multi-faceted growth of students in STEM subjects due to its innovative approach and the success tinkering has achieved in various parts of the world. It is very essential to know why these labs are called as “Tinkering” Labs. The word tinkering means that it is apt to try new things out and develop a “let’s try something new” approach. These labs will inculcate ability to experiment with various electronic, robotic, and technology tools; understanding their potential and creating a solution for local problems using ideation as a starting point.
Since the inception of the ATL initiative by NITI Aayog, it has been quite important for schools to have a complete ATL set-up at their facilities, and contribute as much as possible in this noble endeavour for a betterment of students through STEM education. Schools are now adapting to a more progressive way of teaching and are realising the need to create a scientific temper and cultivate the spirit of curiosity and innovation among young minds. This is where we propose to support establishment of a network of Tinkering Laboratories. Skyrim has designed a unique curriculum which is in sync with the leading school boards.
One of the major objectives of introducing tinkering activities to aid STEM is to instil innovative traits in students. By its very definition, innovative needs an invention. However, in the true meaning, the right word should be “create” and not “invent” but the process of creating should follow the principles or format of an invention. So, the students should be able to understand and apply the scientific principles during the process of creation, rather than following the instructions or just relying on hit and tries approach.
Hence, even before the tinkering labs are formally established in schools, the teachers, and expert trainers should design a few invention modules that should be the end result of specific tinkering activities. For example, if the students are being taught about the principles of light, they should be encouraged to invent the camera that should operate on clapping or the bulb that should be switched on when a person claps.
The challenge that most schools shall face during the setup of these ATLs will be in finding suitable equipment along with appropriate training and support to run it smoothly. Hence the government authority has come up with an indicative vendors list to provide equipment for setting up Atal Tinkering laboratories. And this is where Team Skyrim Innovation comes in.
We, at Skyrim Innovation, have come up with the solution to every problem that schools have been facing till now. We hve come up with a complete package that will eliminate the labour required to find and keep track of provision of different services from different sources. We have designed our turnkey package of ATLs for schools with the latest technology embedded, innovation and high standard framework, which provides schools with all the required aspects of ATLs through one complete ATL package solution.