Moving Lab

Published on June 11, 2014 um 15:22

Summary of your idea

Promoting STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) in Indonesia, where the vast land limits the outreach of education to the rural areas. Rural schools, away from modern Indonesia, is the main victim of lack of budgets as many urban cities received more entitlements and attentions. The rural schools, therefore, may have to compensate by opting out for expensive facilities over overhead within the limited budget. The school is forced to create a syllabus or offer subjects based on the availability of the facilities. This not only spell a less adept students from the schools as compared to the fortunate urban school students, but also the inevitable inadequateness for their seek for employment in the future. Moving Lab was conceived to address such issues. A specially designed vehicle will be dispatched to different rural schools, with specific laboratory classroom inside. The aim of the Moving Laboratory Programme is to supplement teachers with the A&E Apparatuses and Equipments required to complement their lessons, of which may be unavailable due to the budget constraint. This in turn will improve the teaching quality of that particular school. A part of a subject, a module or a supplementary course could be conducted in the room. The programme will cover Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Computer related subjects. Moving Lab will provide supplementary training to educators in order to improve their competency as well as boosting their confidence on the proficiency on using the A&E. This is the beauty of the Moving Lab which is to render the equipments that bound to collect dust obsolete, which will allow the precious budget to be chanelled to recruit talents.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Indonesias score on STEM internationally does not reflect the nation whose GDP is tenth largest in the world. The social impact is numerous. Moving Lab will strengthen the principle subjects that make up STEM, with the high hope of raising the standard. Rural schools will and should have equally qualified teachers as any other urban schools in theory, and with the introduction of the programme, the gap that divide the urban and rural schools in terms of their facilities could now be narrowed. Rural areas will not suffer from brain drain of which talented individuals move to the more developed areas in search of better education. Students benefited from the programme should see the increase in their score in STEM related subjects improved out of the better concept learnt through practical lessons. In addition, in the current digital world, the ability to use computer has become a prerequisite if not necessity for any career. Introducing computer lesson and finally programming skills will put Indonesia to be among the first to have coding introduced in the basic subjects. Indonesia, therefore, will produce more bright students that have the potential to be the future leaders. One need not to mention the social mobility stimulated by producing intelligent individuals for the republic.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The Moving Lab will be customized according to different programmes offered to the schools. The area of influence will initially be limited to a regency.The First rural schools will be accessed on their availability on the A&E and a recommended program will then be issued to the school. Upon acceptance and agreed schedule, the Moving Lab will arrive a day before the actual use of the mobile for preparation. Waves of students will use the amenities provided as long as their lessons ensues. After the particular chapter of the syllabus which requires the A&E is completed, Moving Lab will head on to the next school with the same programme. The main obstacle to this project would be the need for huge initial investment in terms of the purchasing and costumisation of the vehicle, preferably with the state of the art technology. The programme is also meant to support Indonesias noble objective to improve its education. With this alignment, it is hopeful to tap into the $37.2 billion allocated budget for education (as of 2014) by the means of School Operational Aid. Moving Lab is designed to function under the wing of governmental body as Public Benefit Organisation. Should that alternative does not work, the sale of lab packages to schools shall be the main stream of income. Head of the government administration will need to lend its full support and cooperation, as well as of the residents, will be vital to the success to the programme. Various channels of support will be forged to gain support of this national programme from educational institutions, socially responsible corporation and Teaching and Science Association.

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Last year in November, Elizabeth, Eric and Hardi were brought together by a common dream of improving Indonesias education. As cliche as it sounds, we have then since called ourselves the Dream Team. With 23 years of age, all of us have international exposure of education abroad, of which we dream Indonesia to have one day. Elizabeth is a young professional research marketer with a dream of a better education opportunities for Indonesians. Despite having a settled professional career, her dream has always been to one day go back to Indonesia and open up schools for the unprivileged. She believes that a country can be changed through education one child at a time. Eric is a process-driven marketer with complete passion in Online business area. He believes that education is the key in preparing competitive future professionals. And together with young-generation, it creates a vicious cycle which will improve nations living standard. Hardi has always been wanting to be a great Aerospace engineer, but the failure to prepare during his childhood, it is his greatest wish that no other child should go through that. Three of us hope to be the inspiring force for the young generation of Indonesia to come.

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July 7, 2014 16:15

Love the idea, wish you best of luck, you`ve got my vote.

Cheers

July 5, 2014 09:32

Great idea. And achievable. I just cast my vote and hope you keep doing what you know best in indonesia.

July 2, 2014 06:44
June 18, 2014 16:37

Interesting idea ! Every development is based on education.
I don't have any specific idea right now, but I think u don't have to concentrate on only equipment. It could be applied to other things too.
All the best!!

June 18, 2014 09:28

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 18, 2014 09:27

All the best ...hope u win this competition ....
with such a good deed of spreading education to all

June 15, 2014 00:24

It's great. I'm glad that a Laboratory is mobile in your area.

June 14, 2014 03:56

This idea is amazing. Wow.

June 13, 2014 08:34

Great idea Hardi, We going mobile -thats innovation right there. All the best!!!

June 12, 2014 18:17

hey isabella, thank you for your comment.

my definition of rural school will be anything that is outside the greater city area. to be exact, any school that do not enjoy the benefit of facilities are categorised as our target. since most of them are from rural, it is safe to say rural areas.

the purpose of the moving lab is to bring the laboratory classroom to the school who do not already own one. special arrangement has to be made for students who wants to have an extra lesson, which is very much encouraged. obviously this will be done under the lab supervisor supervision.

anything that encompasses STEM can be classified as our tools of teaching laboratory. as it has been mentioned the variety of laboratory lesson will be available to the schools, depending on the syllabus they chose. it is sad to say indonesia's national syllabus is still developing, and no definite syllabus is adopted for the entire education system.
the chemical hazards will be transported according to the safety procedure, as how it was delivered to the moving lab.

the condition of the road, i must say, will be something beyond our control. knowing the speed of how the government handle domestic affairs, it is wise to say that, waiting for the best infrastructure for moving lab truck to travel on will be a long affair. But this defnitely has not been overlooked, and the design of the vehicle itself will be made to be able to handle the terrain.

thank you isabella for your feedback. i hope i have answer your questions satisfactorily.

cheers,
hardi njo

June 12, 2014 16:02

great idead!!!
but, imho... still raw.
may be u could specify, how rural is the zchool?
the purpose of the lab? whether only to practice, or to do some research.
how many student in the school? so we can how long they need the lab.
what kind of lab? cause if it's chemical lab, we must considering the danger of bringing the chemical and how fragile is the equipment.
and how is thw condition and the distance of the road between the schools? cause we must calculating the money we spent for operational: car lab service, driver, gas,possibility of damage on the lab, etc, for x years, compare if we just provide each school thwir own lab.

imho...

June 12, 2014 09:33

thats the spirit man, every drop of my blood believes it will, if its given a chance

June 12, 2014 06:34

If its possible than we have to try it,