Science labs of PSFregularly travel to schools, colleges with little to no adequate science facilities to set up exhibitions in smaller districts.
The government consented to add up to 10 more trucks in the science caravan into the convoy of nine ‘Mobile Science Talent Farming Labs’ under Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).
Mahboob Khan, PSF Principal Scientific Officer said soon ten more mobile science labs will join the fleet that is aimed to offer educational facilities and opportunities to the students as much as they can. The old trucks were furnished to transform them into Mobile Science Talent Farming Labs’ that move to rural areas with no or fewer facilities at schools.
The newly added STFS lab contains the latest equipment, panel exhibits having photographs and write-ups, equipment, inflatable planetarium, documentaries, microscopes, computers, laser holograms and working models, reflecting various phenomena of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology.
A presentation facility is also provided to accommodate 15-20 students with solar power and air-conditioned.
He further explained that currently, 9 Science Caravan Units are operational, in each province 2and 1 in the capital. So, with the new addition of ten more labs, remote areas like Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) will be covered as attention will be given to neglected remote areas.
He added that the science labs in their regular visit arrange exhibitions to teach the curiosity and love for science among the children, especially, in far flung rural areas.
Most schools of rural areas lack an important part of science education that is labs in schools of the rural.
The most interesting part exhibition is Starlab Planetarium that briefed students about the solar system, galaxies, constellation, and astronomy. They also arrange planetarium shows to answer inculcate in the minds of students with the idea behind to encourage them in solving everyday problems by application of science and technology is crucial.
This PSF Mobile Science lab also has practical/experimental kits for SSC students as per their syllabus and Long Management System (LMS) for a better understanding of practical work for the students.
He pointed that this unit has so far covered an average 600 schools per annum benefiting thousands of students take benefits every year.
Currently, one unit individually is situated in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Sukkur, Tandojam, Quetta, Jaffarabad, Peshawar, and Karak.
Mahboob explained that the scheme has purpose to produce best scientists for future. Different science lectures are delivered on a different topic in different schools for educating students concerning various issues at the initial stage of education.