2nd Foundation

AMMACHI Labs has created the 2nd Foundation, a new education initiative for teaching 21st century skills to school children and young adults in rural India. If the first foundation of education is provided by the school and community in the basic literacies and values, the 2nd Foundation fortifies these with 21st century skills. We put equal emphasis on teaching essential life & social problem-solving skills alongside advanced technical skills like programming, robotics & hardware prototyping. This unique mix ensures that the youth build up resilience to face all eventualities that an unpredictable future brings.

The 2nd Foundation workshops reimagine education holistically and combine high technology with social and emotional learning. The workshops are taught in schools and rural areas across India and are delivered by young graduates who have been trained as trainers by AMMACHI Labs, fostering a peer-to-peer learning environment that is conducive to learning.


Developing the Tinkering Mindset in School Children (February 2018)

The students of Amrita Vidyalayam Thalassery have embarked on a series of workshops where they are building floating bicycles, boats made of waste plastic bottles, rockets propelled by water, and various other tinkering activities. These activities form part of the curriculum for the school and are imparted to the students through the Atal Tinkering Lab in the school.

The first in the series of workshops called ‘The 2nd Foundation Maker Workshop’ is being conducted by researchers from Ammachi labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham at the school. The 2nd Foundation workshops have been designed to prepare school children for the future, by teaching critical skills like computational thinking, robotics, maker skills, life skills and social problem-solving skills.

In the one-week Maker workshops, the students of Amrita Vidyalayam Thalassery have been taught various 21st century skills such as design thinking, 3D product design, electronic circuit design and hands-on tinkering. As part of the tinkering sessions, the 8th standard students have created plastic bottle boats and floating bicycles that they set afloat on a nearby water body to test its functionality.  “Tinkering activities such as these cultivate important cognitive skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity in students and have led to several innovations in our school”, said Bri. Sheela, Principal of Amrita Vidyalayam, Thalassery.

The Atal Tinkering Lab at Amrita Vidyalayam Thalassery is blossoming into a center for creativity and innovation among the students and has several bagged several achievements since its inception in 2017.  The school won the first prize at the national level in the challenge of the month event conducted by Atal Innovation Mission in May 2017. The school had conducted a Tinkering Marathon in October in which students developed a solution for Smart Mobility to prevent drunken driving and promote road safety.  The project was selected among the top 100 in over 10,000 innovations submitted by schools across India. This project was also invited by the Atal Innovation Mission to be exhibited at the Maker Faire in Bangalore. Another group of students carried out a water quality-testing project that was presented as a paper publication at the Global Humanitarian Technology International Conference in 2017 at San Jose, USA.

2nd Foundation with APSSDC (May/June 2016)
“Redesigning Educational Pathways Using Technology and Innovative Pedagogical Constructs for Scalable Quality Education and Lifelong Learning”

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham collaborated with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) and the Andhra Pradesh’s School Education Department to run a pilot project in selected state model school, called “Redesigning Educational Pathways using Technology and Innovative Pedagogical Constructs for Scalable Quality Education and Lifelong Learning”.The goal was to introduce innovative syllabus and new teaching methods in rural areas and to create enthusiasm among schoolchildren about science and technology by making it fun through digital learning. 50 workshops were held in the participating Andhra Pradesh schools, and around 50 members of faculty and staff from Amrita and AMMACHI Labs taught students about Robotics, Computational Thinking, Cybersecurity, Life Skills, Vulnerability mapping, and Google Cardboard.

Read the Article about this collaboration on Times of India:


Case Study: The Second Foundation Maker Space

Case Study: Skills in Schools