Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology: Launching the first research project using a mobile lab with international standards to discover and support innovators from school students.
Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, announced the University’s launch of the first research project to train preparatory and secondary school students, develop their skills and provide them with scientific knowledge in modern technological specialties in solar energy and biotechnology and conduct scientific experiments in generating electricity and measuring water quality as well as other applications using the latest technological devices available in the mobile lab.
Prof. El-Gohary added that the University seeks to make the best use out of the Japanese model of “active learning based on experimentation and innovation”, which depends on scientific research, practical application, and methodology for solving problems, with the aim of serving and developing the Egyptian society in line with the vision of sustainable development. Also, he added that the University aims from the research project of the mobile laboratory to travel to schools in villages and hamlets to train students to use technology in modern disciplines, discover innovators among scientifically successful students and support them. In addition, it aims to provide opportunities for them to participate in research projects at the University to refine their experiences and develop their skills, as Egypt has an unparalleled wealth among the world represented in the minds of young people.
Additionally, Dr. Ahmed Saad Khalil, director of the research project and associate professor at the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, said that the mobile laboratory project is funded by the Arab German Academy of Sciences with a budget of one million pounds, and that the University seeks through this project to conduct practical training for students in distant schools that lack laboratory equipment with the aim of serving students’ science courses. He explained that the first visit to the laboratory, which includes the latest technological equipment, was to the Gordo preparatory school in the village of Gordo in Fayoum. The mobile lab remained in the school for 6 hours, where a team of 8 researchers trained 30 students to conduct 5 experiments in measuring water purity and quality, using solar cells to generate electricity, using circuit components, training on a 3D printer, and conducting experiments on analyzing blood and its components using a light microscope.
Dr. Khalil added that during the practical exercises, 5 genius students were discovered in the school in the specializations of chemistry, physics and electronics.