PUNE: An Atal Tinkering Laboratory (ATL), possibly the city’s first, was inaugurated at Vishwakarma School on July 28.
The school is one of the eight in Pune and 257 all over India, shortlisted by the Central government to establish ATL.
It was inaugurated by Gangadhar Mhamane, Director of Education, Government of Maharashtra and Ajit Patankar, Advisor, Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, Government of Maharashtra.
The other dignitaries present for the function were Trupti Agarwal, Chairperson of Vishwakarma School, RC Betawadkar, Director, in addition to principals of Vishwakarma Marathi and English medium schools, teaching staff, students and members of the school trust.
Poster-making competition on ‘Save Earth’ and a workshop on ‘How to prepare robots’ were also conducted for students. A competition on the same was organised in which students from Vishwakarma Vidyalaya and students from various schools participated. The winners in this competition were given a robotic kit, trophy and certificate.
Mhamane addressed the students and encouraged them to use new technologies for innovative ideas. Patankar added that humans should not be a photocopy of ancestors.
Principal Sulbha Deshmukh assured that the students will get the utmost benefits of this ATL.
Sangvi (Founder of RoboKidz) also explained to the students the importance of robots in today’s world. He stated that workshops and competitions would be conducted for selected students every Saturday at ATL. This will help the students participate in State and national-level competitions.