In India, Mobile Science Labs Bring the Classroom to the Students
Ingersoll Rand, in conjunction with the Agastya International Foundation, has recently opened a “mobile science lab” in Ghaziabad, India. The goal of this initiative is to utilize creative and interactive scientific applications to engage economically underprivileged children in scientific education.
With a broader goal of increasing science education in the areas in which it works, Ingersoll Rand has been involved in spreading scientific knowledge across many rural Indian areas. There are other “mobile science labs” based in Naroda, Channai, Mumbai, Bidadi, and Sahibabad, as well as the Science Center at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Jacobpura. These mobile labs travel to remote schools, providing over 100 hands-on scientific models that engage students in topics such as physics, chemistry, and biology.
Geetanjali Bhatia, Leader of Corporate Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for Ingersoll Rand India, hopes that this project will foster excitement about science within the students at these remote schools.
With our long term successful partnership with the Agastya Foundation, we are taking steps to provide quality education to the economically disadvantaged in remote areas and further science literacy in the bright minds of this country,” says Bhatia.
Bhatia explains that the purpose of the initiative is “to challenge rote-based classroom learning and spark curiosity, creativity and build leadership among these children.”
Ingersoll Rand is a global industrial company dedicated to creating comfortable and efficient environments, while the Agastya International Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to make hands-on science education accessible for students throughout India. Together, they are hoping to bring science to even more rural Indian students by conducting science fairs and summer camps in addition to the mobile labs, “demonstrating to children that learning can be fun, useful and accessible.”