ISRO ATL Space Challenge 2021 for school students online applications open

Looking for the online registration form to submit entries to participate in the NITI Aayog ISRO ATL Space team challenge 2021? This article provides complete information on how school students can submit a team entry for the ISRO-ATL-CBSE space challenge competition. Details of what are the themes, eligibility criteria, the video format requirements for the entry, where to submit entries online, etc have been provided.


In collaboration with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation which is the country's national space agency) and with the CBSE, a unique competition has been launched by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) for school students in India called the ATL Space Challenge 2021.

ISRO CBSE ATL Space Challenge 2021 Notification Banner
[Image source: official AIM website]

The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a Central Govt. program of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) that encourages innovation, and under this mission, thousands of schools across India benefitted from the setting up of Atal Tinkering Labs. These labs provide students of Class 6 to Class 12 hands-on access to state-of-the-art devices, equipment, and software, including DIY kits, 3D printers, etc. Let's check out this innovative competition...

ATL Space Challenge 2021 Eligibility requirements

The ATL Space Challenge 2021 is open only to Indian students of any school in India, and not just of ATL schools. Since this is a challenge for teams, each team must have students who are studying in Class 6 to 12, and one teacher or ATL in charge. There should be a maximum of three students only, otherwise, the team's entry will be disqualified. The team members can also include students from another school and students from the community. However, an individual member entry should not be submitted as this will not be accepted.

In the case of an entry submitted by a non-ATL school, every member of the team is required to submit a valid school ID card that mentions the name of the student, the name of the school, and the class in which he/she is studying. Team members of the teams who reach the Finals of the competition may also be instructed to submit some type of proof in the form of a photo of the school ID card or any other form as may be conveyed by the competition officials.

A team is welcome to submit an entry to different Challenge Themes, but in such a case, a separate application form should be filled up for each theme. However, the same innovation or solution cannot be submitted for the different themes, otherwise, all the entries will be disqualified.

ATL Space Challenge 2021 Themes

Select one problem which falls under any one of the below-mentioned Space Challenge themes, and come up with a feasible idea to that problem in a way that it can be effectively implemented to solve the problem-
  1. Explore Space

  2. Reach Space

  3. Inhabit Space

  4. Leverage Space

Check out the official website to get an idea of the possible problems that can arise under the above themes to kick-start your innovative solution. The final innovation can be of any form, physical or digital, that is developed using any of the ATL Module/Platforms or any Open-Source/Free platform. Everyone can also avail of free access to the ATL Space Module, which provides a basic understanding in a simplistic manner of technologies that are typically used in space. This may just give you a "Eureka!" moment to inspire you to come up with a winning entry to the challenge!

How to apply for ATL Space Challenge 2021

Applications must be submitted online at ATL Space Challenge 2021 portal. The application requires submission of two things- a document, and submission of a video.

Document format: The document should concisely describe in not more than 300 words the innovation/solution. It should mention why the particular theme was selected, the idea behind the solution, which technique or technology has been used, the technical components, etc.

Video format: A link to the video has to be submitted. The link should be such that it can be played right away on clicking the link and has audio-visual clarity. If the link is not accessible or the video does not play, the entry will be disqualified. The video should contain an introductory element that provides a general idea of the working prototype/solution (a 360-degree view), then moves on to mention- (i) the technology used; (ii) the functionalities and significant features; (iii) an insight into the on-ground testing and implementation; and (iv) what was the role of each of the team's members.

Important dates

Check out the timeline of the challenge in the image below, including the weekly days of the virtual mentoring sessions-
ISRO CBSE ATL Space Challenge 2021 Timeline
[Image source: officieal ATL Space Challenge website]

Closing date of ATL Space Challenge 2021: 30th September 2021.

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