Empowering STEM Education: Lab4U and Colegio Alberto Blest Gana (ABG) Elevate Science Learning
Lab4U, in collaboration with Colegio Alberto Blest Gana (ABG), has been at the forefront of revolutionizing classroom education for the past seven years. The ABG, with five participating teachers in physics, chemistry, and biology, boasts over 800 students ranging from 7th grade to IV year.
Since 2013, Lab4U has been reshaping classroom teaching with a technological proposal that transforms any smartphone or tablet into a portable laboratory. This innovative approach caters to students’ needs in an engaging and modern way, utilizing the built-in sensors of mobile devices to convert them into powerful scientific tools.
Komal Dadlani, Co-founder of Lab4U, emphasized the importance of promoting scientific education in meeting future professional demands. According to the UN’s estimation, by 2050, 75% of jobs will be related to STEM fields. However, current figures indicate that only 20% of students choose STEM careers, with a mere 7% of undergraduate STEM students being women in Chile. Dadlani highlighted the urgency to bridge this gap to meet industry demand, avoid gender disparities, and keep pace with more developed countries in the field.
Dadlani emphasized the need to expand the reach of programs like the one conducted with Colegio Alberto Blest Gana to include more institutions. “Experimentation is key to acquiring deep and lasting knowledge in sciences. This partnership aligned from the start with the educational objectives of ABG, working as partners to revolutionize teaching and learning. We’ve seen excellent results. The aim is to make STEM careers accessible to all,” she stated.
As part of a comprehensive solution, Lab4U provides a portal where teachers can access experimental content aligned with the educational curriculum, focusing on industry and workforce needs for the coming decades. They are actively developing new pedagogical resources, including assessments, exercises, and skill-building for scientific research through Artificial Intelligence to enhance the development of students participating in their programs across Chile and Latin America.