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IDA makes learning fun for Singapore students

Anuradha Shukla | May 13, 2016
Mobile tech lab ply on the roads with new buses.

Learning technology is now fun for Singapore's students and the community as IDA's mobile tech lab are plying on the road.

New buses are equipped with fabrication labs for secondary school students aiming to ignite their passion for tech via engaging and experiential activities such as coding games, robotics and 3D technologies.

The Lab on Wheels programme started in November 2014 and more than 25,000 students attended tech workshops onboard the IDA Lab on Wheels bus programme since launch.

The initiative began with a single bus and will now be extended with the addition of three new buses. One bus will supplement the current Primary school programme, and two will meet the learning needs of Secondary school students.

"The IDA Lab on Wheels programme supports the government's vision to nurture a culture of experimentation and innovation through encouraging our young to explore and tinker with technology," said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, minister for Communications and Information. "By encouraging a maker mindset, we can empower our young generations to solve real world problems with technology, and contribute meaningful projects that will improve our lives and benefit our communities."

Fabrication labs

With help from industry partners, the new Secondary School Lab on Wheels buses have been outfitted as fabrication labs, featuring 3D printers and scanners and laser cutters.

Cutting edge technologies give students access to the development of advanced technical skills needed for the Smart Nation journey.

More than 30 secondary schools are interested in hosting IDA Lab on Wheels, including Bishan Park Secondary, Bukit View Secondary and Singapore Chinese Girls School.

One of the Secondary School buses is wheelchair accessible and outfitted with assistive tech gadgets to cater for the special needs community.

"A key focus of IDA's work is to encourage and enable young people with some of the skills for needed for the future. As almost everything now is built with - runs on- technology, we want to play our part in making this knowledge easy for young people to gain," said Steve Leonard,  executive deputy chairman of IDA. "From pre-schoolers with Playmaker, students and adults with IDA Labs and Lab on Wheels, to seniors with our IDA Lab @ National Library, our goal is to make it fun and easy for people of all ages to be Builders."

 

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