On Nov. 15, PAS Lome conducted a trial run of its new mobile learning center, called ‘Mo-Lab.” The objective of the project is to encourage learning in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields, especially among poor, rural youth in Togo.
The vehicle was completely renovated, painted, and equipped with wi-fi, computers, a 3-D printer, solar panels, and a variety of educational games and activities. The unveiling of the vehicle took place at Lycee Scientifique school in Kara, in the north of the country. Approximately 75 students participated in the Mo-Lab ribbon cutting, and then spent several hours conducting chemistry, biology, and engineering experiments with the materials stored inside the vehicle. In honor of International Education Week, students also used the solar-powered, wi-fi hotspot inside Mo-Lab to conduct research on the U.S. education system, guided by the Embassy’s EducationUSA advisor. All the Mo-Lab materials and the renovation of the vehicle were done by 20-something Togolese inventors, funded by a grant from PAS and money from a local American Company, Contour Global. In the coming months, additional refinements will be made to the vehicle and to the activities contained inside, and PAS will develop a country-wide schedule of programming that will bring Mo-Lab to each region of Togo.