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The TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab Promoting Popular Science

Date 2018-09-21 4951 Clicks

Over the last several years, the TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab – a truck fitted with extensive laboratory equipment – has traveled around Taiwan, visiting schools in remote areas with the objective of promoting science education and making science fun for students.

On Sept 12, 2018, the Mobile Lab arrived at Dawu Junior High School, Taitung County, where local students took part in a range of interesting, hands-on experiments. Shang-hsun Chang, from the Taitung Education Department, attended the event and observed the students as they participated in the unique learning experience.

To reach Dawu Junior High, the Mobile Lab had to cover approximately 500km, starting from the northwest of Taiwan and heading south past the Central Mountain Range, to eventually arrive in Taitung County. Instrumental in organizing the event were two people in particular: Yu Hsiong-wu, a TKU alumnus and the chairman of Integrated Service Technology (IST), who has for a long time been working to improve education along Taiwan's remote east coast; and Dr. Ho Chii-Dong, the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs and an alumnus of Dawu Junior High.

This recent mobile learning event was centered on three main topics: energy, food safety, and cooking materials. For each of these themes a practical experiment was organized, allowing children to truly get involved and experience the fun side of science.

Over the past seven years, the Mobile Chemistry Lab has delivered science education to remote schools around the island, holding over 400 learning sessions along the way. Due to its massive success, the body responsible for the Lab, the TKU Center for Science Education, has received approbation from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, and the chemistry industry as a whole.