Inauguration of Atal Tinkering Lab

It was a proud moment for Salwan Boys School on 05 Sep 2019 when the much awaited and coveted Atal Tinkering Lab was inaugurated by Shri BL Vohra, IPS(Retd.), Chairman in the esteemed presence of Shri Sanjay Bhardwaj, Dronacharya Awardee, Shri Anil Kumar, Director and Ms Saroj Achra, Principal. The lab aims at boosting scientific acumen of students and motivating the spirit of innovation in them. Various ‘Do-It-Yourself Kits’ and the scientific instruments, along with an Ideation Studio will go a long way in igniting the curiosity. One of the main attractions of the lab was the 3-D Printer, an innovation of modern times that will change the way manufacturing on demand would be made possible. The Lab also has innovative and futuristic models of Ultrasonic Sensing Instruments, Bluetooth Controlled Car, Traffic Light Controller, Four Stroke Engine Model, Accident Free Railways, Plastic Waste Management, Flood Management and Automatic Street Light to name a few. 

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious!  And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

The Lab has been established under the Atal Innovation Mission – an initiative of Niti Aayog, with a vision to inculcate scientific temperament and cultivate one million child innovators in India. This novel programme envisaged by the Government of India endeavours to commission one Atal Tinkering Lab in all schools across the country. ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas and learn innovation skills. Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

The inauguration programme commenced with the Welcome Address by the Principal, wherein she elaborated on the efforts that have gone into making the Lab a reality in such a short time frame. Thereafter, the Chief Guest Shri Vohra inaugurated the Lab and congratulated the school, wishing the students many happy hours of tinkering at the Lab. All the models and instruments were explained to the guest by our young innovators. In addition to a first-hand usage demonstration, the students handled the queries of the guests confidently. The Chief Guest went around the Lab and saw all the models made by our students, and interacted with them.  He even gave valuable tips to the students.
 
Our school is now well equipped to make sincere efforts in the direction of creating innovators for a skilled India. Students from Classes VI to XII are likely to benefit from this initiative, as the lab will facilitate a designer’s mind set, computational thinking, adaptive learning etc. It will ensure that our students are in sync with the global best practices.

A highly aesthetic experience, strongly believing that we need to master ourselves before we master others, we embarked on a journey of learning more about Sustainable Development in our city, how communities will live and survive 50 years hence and to bring awareness through a collaborative learning process by working with professionals. We have a continuous dialogue with Auroville Community to learn more on ‘Sustainable Development’.

We organize workshops and programme on Urban Planning, on various core issues such as Organic Farming, Water Conservation, Alternate Technology, Cost Effective Building, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Architecture etc.

We organize educational trips for academic learning, cultural knowledge and exploration of a unique life style through a “Hands On” approach. Apart from getting an insight into the lifestyle at Auroville, the group also enjoys the peaceful sites.

Legal Literacy Club

Students are considered as future leaders, so they are the best medium to communicate with the needy and the State Legal Services Authority. The platform of Legal Literacy Club is helpful in disseminating information about legal aid programmes, creating legal awareness among the masses for the cause of disadvantaged and marginalised sections of the society. The idea is to spread knowledge of legal rights and duties, and to give legal suggestions to the poor and needy for their legal problems. Services of local Judicial Officers, Administrative Officers, experienced Advocates and Law Teachers are availed to focus on the laws and welfare schemes of the Government relating to women, children, labourers, people below the poverty line and those suffering from mental or physical disabilities.

Ms Ashoka Jain, Panel Advocate Central DLSA has been associated with our school for conduct of various seminars, lectures, activities and visits. The multi-faceted activities covered topics like gender sensitisation, good touch – bad touch, traffic rules, road safety, women empowerment, sexual harassment, eve-teasing, water conservation etc.

Importance of Water Conservation

This lecture covered the importance of conserving water resources, and the techniques of rain water harvesting. Ensuring availability of potable drinking water is a challenge that is being faced by most states in India. Rain water harvesting technique is used to raise the level of water table in the surrounding areas, and prevent wastage of rain water if it is allowed to flow into drains and get contaminated. 

Child Labour and Child Abuse

Children must be afforded opportunity to gain good education during their childhood days, and should not be expected to work and earn money. The law bans child labour in India, however, in our daily lives we come across incidents where we see small children employed at road-side restaurants, shops, collecting waste etc. The students were told that they were the lucky ones to get a chance to attend school, and this they must use to their advantage. The students were also exposed to the perils of drug abuse, unhealthy lifestyle and sexual offences that are covered under the POCSO Act.

Waste Management

The students were informed about the philosophy of Three R’s : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Segregation and disposal of waste arising out factories, households, hospitals etc needs to be handled with care, in harmony with the Mother Nature. Recycling waste is an important part of our economic activity, which can be used to derive financial benefits.

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