Army organises Workshop of Army Goodwill Schools

JAMMU: As part of Government of India, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Indian Army conducted a two days workshop on 'ATAL Tinkering Laboratories (ATL)' from 12 to 13 Jan 18 at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jammu to provide awareness amongst the students and teachers about the initiative and the benefits of establishing these Labs in Army Goodwill Schools.

A total of 67 Students, 18 Teachers and 03 Principals of Army Goodwill Schools at Rajouri, Hamirpur and Potha attended the two days workshop with great zeal and enthusiasm at IIT Jammu. The workshop was conducted by Professor Dhananjay V Gadre, Director, IT Centre for Embedded Product Design Netaji Subhash Chandra Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

The detailed workshop was followed by numerous activities and an interactive question and answer session, wherein students and teachers clarified the queries.

The aim of the ATL in schools is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing, rapid calculations, measurements etc. ATL is aimed to provide a work space for students, where young minds will get a chance to experiment and learn through "Do it Yourself" methodology.

The experimentation kits and equipment with detailed step by step procedures allows students to create their own projects and in the process, enable them to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The audience was very appreciative of the information that was shared with them during the course of the lecture and found it extremely beneficial. Such initiatives will improve the quality of education available to students in remote areas and will enhance their understanding of various concepts, which was lacking due to want of experimentation infrastructure.

This therefore is a positive step in empowering and capacity building for the students of these schools.


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