“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates
A two-day Workshop was conducted in the Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) of SAI International School for the Science Teachers on April 25 and 26, 2019. The objective of the workshop was to make the teachers familiar with the process of Tinkering and help create interest in Science and Technology through hands-on activities.
Facilitator Shri Bibhudatta Panda briefed the participants about the phases and pillars of tinkering. He also shared the Action Plan of ATL and the targeted major projects for the ensuing academic session.
Around twenty-one projects on the theme ‘Toys from Trash’ were demonstrated to help the teachers get an in-depth idea on how to make interesting scientific models from waste and readily available materials like fuse CFL bulb, CD disk, rubber band, plastic straw, cardboard etc. The Science teachers made projects like ‘Whirlpool’, ‘Aerofoil’, Coin Centrifuge’, ‘Radiometer’, ‘Balloon Driver’, ‘Capillary Rise’, ‘Electrostatic Paper Fan’ etc.
The participants also made 3D design and printing. They were given a 3D printed gift each as souvenir.
ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode; and learn innovation skills. It is an approach of Central government of India to create an environment of scientific temperament, innovation, creativity amongst Indian Students, a step towards a new India.