Atal Tinkering Labs – Summer TechFest 2019

In March 2018, SAP joined hands with the planning think-tank NITI Aayog for the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) with the objective of setting up Atal Tinkering Labs which are state-of-the-art workspaces to stimulate innovation among students of class 6th-12th. The objective is to apply concepts of STEM education & IT skills for solving complex problems in real-world scenarios.

Summer TechFest 2019

Summer TechFest aims at evoking the innovator and entrepreneurial traits among the students during the summer break in schools. The philosophy of Summer TechFest is to bring out the 'studentpreneur' who is an innovator, by leveraging science principles at a young age. SAP conducted the Summer TechFest in 9 Atal Tinkering Labs in Gujarat and Goa during the first two weeks of May.
The students are required to identify various problems in & around their community, adopt the role of an innovator and entrepreneur to propose an innovative solution. After identifying the problems existing in their communities, students conduct a survey in the community to gain deeper insights into problems and possible solutions and then work towards creating a workable cost-effective solution. Students then worked on a problem-statement based on the research.

The 4 main project themes for this year's Summer TechFest were:

1. Traffic Management
2. Water Management 
3. Waste Management 
4. Smart City

Total of 600+ students applied for the Summer TechFest, of which finally 10% of the students were selected to be part of the 'Demo Day' to showcase their models. The 3 main parameters for the TechFest competition are 1) Problem Solving, 2) Team spirit, and 3) Effective presentation.

Some of the noteworthy innovations:

1. Team of two girls – led by Shamma Kausar – created the “Intelligent Irrigation & Village Electrification” model. The model uses the solar panel over the rooftop of the houses, photovoltaic cell + various of sensors not just to create electricity but also to analyze the usage. Overarching idea is to leverage the natural energy, combat global warming and make the village self-sustainable.

2. Meet the team of 4 students from standard 5-7 who created drone based ocean cleaning system. The core objective of the system is to detect toxic and carcinogenic substances from the ocean. Thee substances cause adverse effect among the ecology. Further, this is gravely impacting the fish and other sea-dwelling living beings – which are commonly being used as sea food. Further, these toxic substances are also adversely impacting the aquatic plants – ultimately, creating an impact on the ecology. The solution created by the students would leverage the drone, which would detect such toxic and carcinogenic substances and then the vehicle would weed them off through proper identification. Currently, the drone is being connected through Bluetooth, however, in prototype, the students would aim to use Arduino board & circuits and then use Machine Learning algorithm for predictive analysis.

In both above cases, the students conducted the research and identified the problems on their own. They interacted with relevant stakeholders and narrow down to a few solutions. The core aspect of this is DIY – Do it Yourself – philosophy- Students created these devices and on their own with the guidance of SAP supported ATL teachers.