Creation of a Mobile Lab that Provides an Interactive Environment for Schools
Some scientific bodies such as the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences, in which Arab and Egyptian scientists participate in cooperation with German scientists, are trying to comply with the objectives of the Ministry of Education in integrating information and communication technology in the educational process. It funded the first mobile laboratory which has many advantages, including reducing the learning time spent by the student in the traditional laboratory.
Ahmed Khalil, a professor of Science and Technology at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, told “Cairo 24” that the mobile laboratory for science, engineering and technology has been completed, which contains various levels of experiments covering the scientific basics of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology. The nature of the laboratory is a “Wet Lab”, whereby some experiments require water while others do not, such as experiments with 3D printing and solar cells.
Khalil indicated that the project was supported by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, as it financed the project with one million pounds to buy cars, equipment and access to three schools in Fayoum.
Khalil explained that the aim of this project is to reach public schools located in villages and hamlets, for both the preparatory and secondary stages, which suffer from a lack of facilities and the absence of valid laboratories that cater to the scientific courses in these schools.
He explained that a full day will be set up as a science camp, with about 50 students divided into groups, and each group includes a number of students to practically perform each experiment on an hourly basis, whether through the mobile laboratory or the tents surrounding it. The targeted schools have been identified and implementation will begin on the 28th of November.
He pointed out that there is an assisting team consisting of a group of research students who are working on MA and PhD theses, who will take over the task of supervising and aiding students in implementing experiments.
He continued, “We need support to visit more schools and approach NGOs and educational institutions to adopt more mobile laboratories and enrich the idea”.
He said that the initiative was from the “Education First” foundation, which contacted them in cooperation with the Academy of Scientific Research, to make visits to experimental schools such as STEM and university students, but the priority now is for public school students.
He explained that it aims to progress in levels by coordinating the training content with the level of the students. Additionally, the number of campus days can be increased according to the types of experiments.