Millennium National School

Atal Tinkering Laboratory

If you can imagine it you can make it

ATL is an immersive, active, and creative place within the school where students become deeply engaged in an investigation of scientific phenomena, and make something. We want to encourage the ability to think with the hand and learn by doing. We plan to have a large, eclectic assortment of materials, tools, and technologies. It will be a space for experimenting with science, art and technology through delightfully interdisciplinary and applied ways.

Objectives

  • experiment with materials and ideas to fully understand their capacities
  • provide for unstructured time to explore and invent
  • teach proper use of tools (tool use certification)
  • participate in the innovative contest and other such competitions
  • ‘Catch them young’ in the skill development sector
  1. How does the school wish to create an innovative culture?
  2. By removing organizational barriers to creativity such as

    1. Entrusting children with responsible use of tools and materials.
    2. Avoid being continuously instructed
    3. Providing space to store incomplete projects
    4. Keeping the ATL accessible for extended hours after school
    5. Conducting monthly design challenges
    6. Conducting course works for learning tool usage
    7. Enrichment of their projects by interacting with mentors
    8. Allowing the tinkerers to take up challenges to solve existing gaps within school environment
    9. Creating Eco-habitats for Nature Tinkering and Inspiring Biomimicry
  3. How is the Tinkering Lab different from existing science, computer and other labs at school?
  4. The lab works on a completely different set of underlying paradigms
    The Paradigm shifts

    1. Aim → Inspiration
    2. Laboratory Apparatus → Real tools and equipment
    3. Method → Opportunistic rearrangement and recombination of existing material
    4. Result → Just a possibility
    5. Conclusion → Reflection
    6. Instruction → Constructivism → Constructionism
    7. Timetable → Space arrangement

  5. Can student innovators be created?
  6. Children are natural tinkerers and innovators in their own right. All we can do is nurture it and not interfere with it. That is best achieved by not getting in the way of children until they need us.

    1. Tinkering gives the child the liberty of time when working
    2. Overcoming mistakes becomes a personal challenges than an evaluation
    3. Child learns to be holistically aware of the environment and thus can be capable of spontaneous creations
    4. Child eventually develops expertise in some area which enhances self-competency beliefs

Child becomes increasingly self-regulated as he/she owns up his/her creations

 
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