Driving the Development of Rural Areas Through Portable STEM Labs



Proper education is listed on the top of the 17 UN sustainable development goals and resembles a core interest in the strategic plans for a better and more sustainable future worldwide. The AGYA Working Group Innovation in cooperation with the Fayoum University and the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, would like to increase education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for high school students in rural and geographically remote areas, through engaging children to a scientific environment and interactive experimental set-ups. Within this project, a mobile STEM laboratory facility will be designed, constructed and installed on a truck in order to freely translocate the laboratory facility to the desired areas. With this mobile STEM laboratory facility, members of the AGYA Working Group Innovation will visit, in a first phase, several schools in villages in rural areas in Fayoum (Egypt) inviting young high school students to conduct small chemical and physical experiments.
Additionally, teacher of selected schools will be invited to a one-week training to Fayoum University beforehand. The training will cover interaction-based educational strategies and will provide hands on the syllabus and familiarize the teachers with the mobile laboratory. We envision the selected teachers to become focal points and multipliers in their communities.

This project is a pilot project to assess the feasibility of the establishment of portable STEM labs. Based on the results, AGYA members will expand the project outside of Fayoum and in additional Arab countries. If you would like to contribute or register your school for a visit, please contact AGYA member Ahmed Khalil.

Members in Charge

Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Physics

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Nageh Allam

Engineering, Material Science
American University in Cairo, Physics Department

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Philipp Blechinger

Reiner Lemoine Institute, Off-Grid Systems

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Ahmed Saad Gomaa Khalil

Materials Science
Fayoum University and Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)

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Oliver Korn

Computer Sciences
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty Media and Information

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DATE and Venue of the project

28 April - 31 December 2020
Fayoum, Egypt

Funding Scheme

Working Group Meeting & Tandem Project

Countries Involved

Germany, Egypt

Disciplines Involved

Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics


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