Vikash Sharma

Atal Innovation Mission and NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have launched the ATL Space Challenge 2021 for school students across the country.

The challenge has been launched to ensure that students discover and come to terms with the digital age space technology at young age and become innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The challenge is for Indian students currently enrolled in schools (Class VI to Class XII) both from ATL and non-ATL schools.

Instructions for students:

Students (from ATL and Non-ATL schools) can submit their entries in the Challenge. The solution/ innovations by the student teams must be aligned to one of the Challenge Themes under which the problems can be identified.

Create a solution that can be implemented and adopted leveraging technologies such as:

1. Explore Space:

-Gaming Technology

– Develop Games that inform about space/ planets.

-App Development – Create an App to raise awareness about space and the outer world.

- Robotics – Development of robotic system technologies to improve space exploration missions.

2. Reach Space: 3D Technology

– Create a 3D model (virtual or physical) for equipment’s, vehicles etc. that can be used to reach space

-AI/ ML in Space – Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities in various areas of space operations and spacecraft maintenance

- Space Apps – Develop Mobile Apps to make living in space better/ easier (eg: communication or navigation centric, etc.)

3. Inhabit Space: -3D Technology

– Solving space exploration problems and developing 3D model designs for 3D printed habitats that can be used in space.

- Healthcare – Development of life support systems that enable extended human presence in space

- AI/ ML Technologies – Create a virtual environment using AI/ ML to simulate the space to prepare humans.

4. Leverage Space: - Geospatial Technology

– Solutions in disaster management and disaster risk reduction by utilizing geospatial data resources and products (eg: Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) for analysis, modelling, simulations and visualization).

-Drone Technology – Design solutions for remotely monitoring and enabling smart and connected rural and urban settlements.

-The application for the Space Challenge to be submitted on the AIM online portal. Each team based on their interest and understanding, must select one problem which falls under any one of the Space Challenge themes.

- Each unique solution must be submitted under one theme only. Submitting the same solution/ innovation under multiple themes will result in immediate disqualification.

-The online application form submission will include- document submission (description of the innovation/ solution) and video submission (capturing a 360-degree view of the working prototype/ solution)

-School Teachers, ATL In-Charges and mentors may support the student teams. Each Team shall consist of maximum 3 students (class 6th to 12th) and one School Teacher/ ATL in-charge. -Individual member entry is not allowed. Also if the team size exceeds 3 members limit, the entry/ submission will be immediately disqualified.