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Name:
Kelvin Paul Mahundi
Email:
veekev22@gmail.com
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Problem:
Practical understanding of the science subjects is crucial in crafting creative and innovative minds of students in secondary schools. However, achieving this milestone is the biggest challenge to most of the secondary schools in Tanzania. More than 2,000 secondary schools don't have science laboratories, and those who have it most of them provide insufficient knowledge for students to visualize and relate the theories taught in the classes with their actual applications in daily life. This means more than 1,000,000 students every year are studying without having any practical understanding on the theories from the textbooks which leads to incompetent science subjects’ graduates from secondary schools being a national wise challenge.
Innovation:
MITZ Innovations, we design, build and supply affordable and portable Science learning Tools to private and government secondary schools, technical training institutions and parents with secondary school level children in Tanzania. The model is designed to reflect the official secondary school curriculum as provided by the Tanzania’s ministry of Education and Vocational Training.
These products (science learning tools) introduce a new way of teaching and learning science subjects. A way that equips youths with practical understanding of different theories and technical issues they face in class consequently resulting in improved competency.
With an emphasis on girls, the end products of the project gives equal chance for experiential learning for both male and female students, eventually bringing down the gender imbalance in science subjects. By using Science Learning Tools, learning becomes interactive and interesting thus attracting more students to learn and understand science.
These ‘easy to use’ learning tools are intended for schools, students and Technical training institutions at an affordable price to make them accessible to everyone. The benefits realized from using the Science Learning Tools include:
Easy access and interaction with actual science components.
Improved performance in STEM subjects.
Increase number of science and technology professionals thereby enabling development.
With our innovative physics teaching aids we currently also provide the best interesting physics hands-on workshops and demonstrations to schools and at our lab office where parents pay a small amount for a time limited hands-on session for their kids.
Sustainability :
MITZ Innovations is a for profit enterprise focusing on generating revenue through selling MiTz Learning Tools (Physical teaching aids) at a price of 250$ per set which consists a full equipped learning aid for each topic accompanied by a compendium with useful explanations developed by competent and professional teachers.
We are currently targeting secondary schools in Tanzania, early adopters being privately owned schools.
In Tanzania, to date there are more than 4700 secondary schools where more than 3600 are government schools and more than 1100 are private secondary schools.
Averagely, private schools represent middle and high economic class students. They are passionate in attracting more students to their schools as it adds value to the way they deliver materials to students. This makes them ideal paying customers for our products.
Also we are targeting middle and high economic class parents who can purchase these learning aids for their secondary school children.
With our innovative physics teaching aids we currently also provide the best interesting physics hands-on workshops and demonstrations to schools and at our lab office where parents pay a small amount for a time limited hands-on session for their kids.
Starting with a physics subject the tools has so far benefited more than 1200 students through 20 workshops and 20 schools in Nyamagana and Ilemela districts of Mwanza region in Tanzania within 6 months. Our next milestone is to expand the production and recruit more workers in a company with a target of impacting 100 secondary schools (100 workshops) and 7,000 students in Mwanza region for the next year. We are envisioning adopting this approach to other science subjects of chemistry and biology through Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) technologies so as to touch more areas in STEM subjects and speed up the impact.
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