Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of Niti Aayog on Monday announced its confederation with Vigyan Prasar, a prestigious autonomous firm of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to derive high success rates between AIM’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and Vigyan Prasar’s unique interactivity platform, Engage With Science (EWS).
Under this collaboration, Engage with Science will be onboarding all 9200+ ATL-enabled schools and engaging their students, teachers, and Principals in perennial activities. This step will lead to the collection of points, based on which certificates and incentives will be provided to motivate students and teachers about STEM content consumption. The event was also attended by a renowned personality, Mr. Sharman Joshi, Brand Ambassador of Engage With Science.
Working towards a mission to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission has established 9200+ Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools all across India. The main aim of ATL is to instill curiosity, creativity, and imagination in youthful minds while simultaneously inculcating skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, and many more.
ATL is a workspace where young minds give shape to their ideas and learn skills through hands-on do-it-yourself mode. Young children get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Welcoming the collaboration, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, said: “The collaboration between AIM and Vigyan Prasar is a great opportunity for both organizations as it will play a vital role in reviving and updating our education practices to keep up with the technological advances. The Engage with Science program with ATLs will help foster the culture of STEM innovation and serve as a platform where young minds are exposed to experiential learning with the focus on invention, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving to maximize impact.”
Engage With Science is a part of the India Science OTT channel project and aims to publicize and popularize STEM video content on India Science (www.indiascience.in), the nation’s own STEM OTT channel. EWS already has more than 10,000 schools on board and has regular activities targeting school Principals, teachers, and students. Currently, EWS activities are available in Hindi and English, while an expansion into other Indian languages is also on the cards.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nakul Parashar, Director, Vigyan Prasar, said, “The impressionistic STEM content consumer today demands interactivity – wants to be part of the action. By adding Engage With Science’s interactivity to the India Science OTT channel offering, Vigyan Prasar is all geared to make India’s first interactive OTT channel, and this collaboration with Atal Tinkering Labs will only galvanize schools to create a multiplier effect on STEM content consumption and interactivity.”
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