Wheels on the tech bus go round and round to schools

Wheels on the tech bus go round and round to schools
Geylang Methodist School (Primary) pupils get busy in the Lab on Wheels, where they can try their hand at simple programming language for creating games and learn about 3D printing. The government project aims to make technology fun for the young.

SINGAPORE - A mobile classroom will soon make its way to schools in January.

Taking the form of a 40-seat retrofitted bus, it will expose pupils to the world of technology through games and activities such as robotics.

They will try their hand at simple programming language designed for creating games, and also learn about 3D printing.

The Lab on Wheels initiative launched yesterday by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore aims to make technology fun for the young.

The bus will go to 80 primary schools and reach out to 16,000 pupils in the next two years.

Pilot sessions with four schools - Qifa Primary, Yu Neng Primary, Cedar Primary and Geylang Methodist School (Primary) - have been conducted.

Several industry players have contributed to the project.

For instance, Dell has provided laptops and StarHub has supplied 4G mobile broadband connectivity.

Tech company Silicon Straits will bring in innovative toys and learning kits that contain electrical parts such as dimmers, motors and pressure sensors for pupils to tinker with.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who was at the launch of the lab yesterday at VivoCity, said: "We hope it will give young, budding entrepreneurs a head start in creating cool, fun and useful gadgets."

It will also inspire them to consider a career in the technology sector in the long run, he added.

ateng@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on November 9, 2014.
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