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IDA launches a mobile tech platform for primary school students

Zafirah Salim | Nov. 10, 2014
Called IDA Lab on Wheels, it is the first roving bus that houses engaging and experiential technology, travelling to schools islandwide.


Photo credits to IDA Singapore Facebook page

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has collaborated with the government and industry players to launch IDA Lab on Wheels - an initiative aimed to foster fun tech learning amongst primary school students.

The IDA Lab on Wheels is retrofitted from a 40-seater bus that will house different activities such as coding a game in an hour, programming a robot, tinkering with a gadget, and learning how electronics work.

According to IDA's media statement, this mobile platform has two primary goals: Firstly, it aims to ignite the passion for technology through an engaging and experiential learning experience. Secondly, it aims to encourage the youth to pursue technology as part of their school curriculum or career, which in turn helps to build local tech talent for Singapore in the long run.

IDA added that it hopes to reach out to 80 primary schools and 16,000 students over the next two years.

In addition to schools, IDA Lab on Wheels will also reach out to the community. This is to ensure that everyone including the community is part of the beneficiaries of this educational and experiential mobile platform.

Besides tech industry players such as Dell, Autodesk and Asus, students were also involved in the co-creation of the bus. In fact, the "skin" (exterior design layout) of the IDA Lab on Wheels was designed by a group of Singapore Management University students, who also emerged as the winning team of the design competition organised by IDA.

Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA said, "We are really proud of the efforts from different parties such as the government, industry players and especially students who have come together in the development of IDA Lab on Wheels. It is a good starting point to groom and grow Singapore talent for the future by seeding interest in tech at a young age. I encourage more industry players and people to come forward to visit and contribute to the development of the bus."

 

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