ISRO to adopt 100 ATLs to promote space education

Space education and space-technology-related innovations will be promoted by adopting 100 Atal Tinkering Labs across the country, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided.

The Indian space agency, Atal Innovation Mission, and Niti Aayog took the decision at a virtual meeting on Monday.

ISRO will guide students to understand the advanced 21st-century cutting-edge technologies, including those related to space, an official statement said.

According to the official statement, the students will get theoretical as well as practical and application-based knowledge of STEM. They will also be helped by the institution to understand Electronics, Physics, Optics, Space Technology, Material Science, and other Space Education related subjects.

As many as 7, 000 Atal Innovation laboratories have so far been established by the Atal Innovation Mission and NITI Aayog have. It will help more than three million students between classes 6 to 12 acquire a problem solving, tinkering and innovative mindset, the statement stated.

Scientists and engineers from ISRO would work in coordination with the Capacity Building Programme Office at the space agency’s headquarters to mentor the student at these ATLs. It would aim to encourage experiments, brainstorming ideas, and spreading awareness in space activities among the students and teachers.