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StanLab 3D Virtual Laboratory

A 3D Virtual Laboratory That Enables Teachers To Remotely Provide Practical STEM Education To Students

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StanLab is a 3D interactive, virtual laboratory to help students learn and practice science practicals even without access to a physical laboratory. Our virtual lab will be integrated with a web app for teachers to be able to manage a list of students, assign lab practicals to these students and assess the students performance from the submitted lab worksheet. Our virtual laboratory will provide the same quality learning experience with equity of access to students as they would have had in a physical laboratory but without the hazards of using a physical laboratory.

What is the need are you focusing on?

According to the latest UNESCO figures, some 1.3 billion learners across the world were not able to attend school or university as of March 23, 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of the shutting down of schools, there has been an enormous burden on teachers, and schools, as well as parents to continue to provide quality education to students and practical STEM education has suffered the most as having laboratories in homes is not only a menacing hazard, the cost of setting up one at home is so high that it makes it not feasible but students need to continue to learn STEM. While many tools like Zoom, and Microsoft Teams help with live remote classes, there is a lack of digital tools that would help students actively practice lessons especially in STEM subjects and not just be passive learners and allow teachers to guide their learning.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Our solution is being pivoted to address the challenges of continuity in STEM learning for students in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The specific digital product that we are designing and developing to adapt StanLab, our interactive, 3D virtual laboratory to enable remote teaching and learning of STEM practicals are: 1. A teacher's app suite: A web app for teachers to be able to manage a list of students, assign lab practicals to these students and assess the students performances, record grades from the submitted lab worksheet and share with students, parents and concerned stakeholders. 2. Parent's Dashboard: Parents get their wards' assignment notifications and real-time assessment report of their wards in their own dashboard. We have built a demo of our proposed 3D virtual laboratory ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwVDrphlzl8 ) and need fund to adapt it now for remote teaching/learning.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

In terms of impact. our solution will help provide practical STEM education to millions of learners globally, especially for those without access to traditional laboratories as a result of Covid-19 pandemic or other factors. Our solution will equip millions of learners with the necessary technical skills and critical thinking skills that they need to become great doctors, scientists, engineers who will go on develop solutions that we need to fight pandemic like Covid-19 and solutions to make our world sustainable, healthy and prosperous. Overall, our solution drives the achievement of SDG 4 Goal - Quality Education For for all students no matter their background, through innovative use of technology and pedagogical techniques to improve the learning of STEM Our solution offers cost advantage to schools as it provides quality STEM practicals learning. It cost around $45,000 to set up a secondary school laboratory. Our virtual laboratory cost around $200 annually.

What is the name of your business or organization?

StanLab LTD

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

StanLab Limited is a technology company that builds learning solutions especially software products in the areas of emerging technology especially extended reality (virtual, mixed and augmented reality). Our product, StanLab, is a 3D interactive, virtual laboratory designed and developed to help students learn and practice science practicals even without access to traditional laboratories. Our solution offers a cost advantage to schools, parents and students as it provides quality STEM learning experience at a significantly lower fraction of the costs of setting up and maintenance. We were one of the two winners of #IdeasChangeLives Global Competition organized by British Council for the SDGs. https://www.stanlabvr.com

What is your profession?

I am a technology entrepreneur with over seven years of experience in education.

Where are you located (country)?

Nigeria

Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Education

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We are looking to partner with organizations like Royal Society of Chemistry, Pearson and Cambridge International Assessment for some content development in our virtual laboratory. In the same vein we will be looking to partner with organizations like IDEO, Nesta, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Vodafone and the education department of various government for business development and distribution.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

1. Distribution challenges and access to devices for students: There are students who don't have access to laptops or even smart mobile phones to use our solution. We have thought about solutions such as crowdfunding for device donation for these students in need but also leveraging on existing distribution partnerships such as Microsoft-Vodafone-T Mobile offer for free mobile broadband to rural school districts. 2. Access and cost of Internet for students: This is the reason we are looking to partner with telecom companies t reduce the cost of internet for students. Also, our software is designed to be minimal in download size and consume low bandwidth.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

We have seen an increase in demand for our virtual lab from many parents and teachers who are looking for tools to keep students learning and engaged in this period. But the willingness to pay has been low mostly because of the economic conditions of many schools and parents right now. We are also learning that because of cost of internet in many parts of the world, teachers and parents wants edtech solutions that are small in download size and simple to use as many homes do not have computing infrastructures like that of schools.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Yes, I participated in the #TheGlobalHack hack the crisis hackathon.

Website URL

https://www.stanlabvr.com

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This seems like a great pivot to help secondary educators keep their students on track. Wonderful that you have already anticipated making the program available for use at home - I think that this solution will be widely embraced in the education community.

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Hi Michelle Florian  your comment is giving us some good energy, thank you so much, we appreciate bit of it. As you have said, we earnestly look forward to the embrace of our solution by the education community and we promise to carry you along.