The future depends on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). STEAM education gives young people the knowledge and skills to understand the world around them and create innovative solutions to complex problems. Unfortunately, many schools in the developing world don’t have the resources to provide quality STEAM education.
This is the situation facing many students in Togo, a small nation in West Africa that is one of the world’s poorest countries. Many schools – especially in rural areas – lack even basic equipment like desks and blackboards, let alone computer labs or chemistry sets. It is hard for students at these schools to imagine becoming a doctor or a scientist one day when they have never handled a microscope or used a computer.
To solve this problem, in 2018 a group of young Togolese inventors and teachers created MoLab, a mobile STEAM center. MoLab is a bus equipped with science kits, chemistry sets, engineering games, puzzles and other activities that encourage STEAM learning and develop critical thinking. MoLab also has laptops and a WiFi hotspot, permitting students to access the internet, often for the first time, and learn to code. It even has a 3D printer made from recycled e-waste.
MoLab’s mission is to bring STEAM education to every school and every student in Togo. Since its creation in 2018, MoLab has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 Togolese students in every region of the country!
Please explore this website to find out more about the important work that MoLab is doing, and how you can get involved.