Amrita ATL Marathon Training & Mentorship Program
What is the ATL Marathon ?
ATL Marathon – Research, Ideate, Innovate, Implement
The Government of India has setup the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under the aegis of NITI Aayog with a vision to foster a culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the country. Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India to create scientific temper and cultivate the spirit of curiosity and innovation among young minds. Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students (Class 6th to Class 12th) learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, IoT & sensors etc. The lab activities are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning. The labs will let students explore skills of the future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence. Till date, 10,000 schools have received the Grant-in-Aid for establishment of ATLs. Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog aims to 'Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators'.
The ATL Marathon is Atal Innovation Mission’s flagship innovation challenge, where school students identify community problems of their choice and develop innovative solutions in the form of working prototypes. Every year, AIM organizes the ATL Marathon as a national level innovation challenge for children across the country. Over a period of 3-6 months children research problem statements, ideate solutions for their chosen problem statement and create their own innovation prototypes. The top student teams then get a chance to undergo a Student Internship Program (SIP) with AIM’s corporate partners and incubation centers to further enhance and hone their skills and prototypes.
Through the ATL Marathon, participants express their creative spirit and propose novel, innovative solutions to India’s community and social problems. Every year, AIM formalizes a jury of eminent experts and professionals from industry, academia, research and start-up institutions who review and select the best solutions based on their novelty and prototype functionality. The ATL Marathon is aligned with the 17 goals of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States.
ATL Marathon commenced in the academic year 2017-18 and the 2021-22 ATL marathon is the fifth season. The ATL Marathon contest has now formalized into a structured flagship competition for ATL beneficiaries, with a strong evaluation matrix capturing the 5 key aspect of a student’s innovation and a robust timeline, illustrated here:
Text and figure extracted from ATL Student Innovator Program Handbook (https://www.aim.gov.in/pdf/SIPHandBook_Digital.pdf)
To prepare students teams from 3 Amrita Vidyalayam schools for ATL Marathon innovation challenge, we have a team of AIM Mentors of Change, IEEE STEM Ambassadors, Amrita University researchers and international professionals. We followed a structured process called the Engineering Design Process based on IEEE's TryEngineering. org STEM Portal guidelines for our 2021-22 edition of this program. In this page, we capture our journey on the Amrita ATL marathon training and mentorship program that we began in 2019 and showcase its evolution.
Engineering Design Process from IEEE
All About ATL marathon - video from Atal Innovation Mission for 2021-22 year
Our children's work in ATL Marathons
Meet the schools
Meet the ATL teachers
Ms. Vidya Vijayan, AV Puthiyakavu
Ms. Deepa M. V.,
Ms. Rejitha, AV Puthiyakavu
Ms. Jincy Sreejith, AV Thalassery
Meet the mentor team for the schools
PhD Researcher at Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications (Amrita WNA) , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Coordinator for Drug Discovery Hackathon by MoE, Govt of India,
Chief Scientific officer, Zastra Innovations, Bengaluru,
Nyro Research India, Kochi, AIM Mentor of Change
Marco Sangiorgio (Prabodh),
A320 Base Maintenance, Zone Leader @ Dublin Aerospace, AIM Mentor of Change
Pranav Prabha, Researcher at AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, IEEE STEM Ambassador
If you are interested in mentoring children from Amrita Vidyalayam schools for ATL Marathon, join the team
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