With a vision to ‘Cultivate one million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India. The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as a design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc. We at DPSBN felt that we could meet these criterions and come up with something which nobody had thought of .
After a month of research, hard work and brainstorming we came up with an idea we knew we could continue with. An idea that was innovative and fascinating enough to impress the jury. An idea that could change the lives of the people for the better. Getting an idea like wasn’t remotely easy.
We went to the villages around the school and spoke to the residents to get an understanding of the problems they were facing. We also tested the TDS (Total dissolved solids) levels of water and were stunned by the extremely high readings and knew that this was the issue we needed to focus on. After some research we figured out that this was a problem being faced not only in this particular area but throughout the country.
So with the help of Bi-Box we came up with an idea that would solve this issue and also a lot of various connected issues. After a number of tests and trials, we managed to come up with a working prototype of a Water Management System which could drastically improve the efficiency of water supply and rationing in the country.
The next step was to take the prototype to the next level. On the 5th of November 3 members of our team (Ananya Arora, Prajith Prakash and Aditya Kannan) along with our Principal Mrs. Manju Balasubramanyam flew to Hyderabad to present this in front of the jury. The competition took place at Osmania University where there were schools from all over South India who were present to showcase their innovations.
Then came the time when we had to impress the officials in our allotted time. Along with the presentation the judges also enquired more about the system. After answering their questions based on the project they also questioned us on how we would utilise the labs if it were provided to us. After a long presentation, with some sticky and hard spots, the team and Manju Ma’am left the room satisfied with the presentation and the answers provided.
It was 1:15 by the time we walked out of the university and we had some time to go around the city since our flight was only at 8:30 . After visiting the Charminar and grabbing some biryani we went to the airport to catch our return flight.
We spent our time in the flight talking about the amazing experience we had and about a day well spent .