Remote Matter Labs by DiBSiP
Remote Matter Labs helps learners to access remotely to real life STEM labs in a distance learning context.
This is the last stretch of DigiEduHack 2020! We conducted a series of interviews to shine the light on the members of the 12 teams taking part in this final round of DigiEduHack and get to know their aspirations, motivations and hopes. Let's meet with DiBSiP team!
How does it feel to be among the finalists of DigiEduHack 2020?
We are very grateful and honored for this great opportunity.
Tell us more about the team: did you meet on the spot or did you know from before?
We knew each other before, we have worked together for several years.
How did you organize your team: each team member had a precise role or were you all hands-on the project?
It is a consolidated team, where each one has a well-defined role.
What was the team's epiphany moment? When did you realise "yes, we've got it"?
The epiphany moment was (in the context of virtual classes due to isolation due to the COVID 19 pandemic) when we realized the need to carry out laboratory practices, and the offer of virtual laboratories did not meet the needs neither STEM teachers nor students, thus inspired by the laboratories that are used on the planet Mars: We thought "Why not do it here on earth and for education?"
Do you think your solution could work worldwide? Can it be adapted to very different contexts?
Yes, it is a solution on a global scale, since the potential of the project will be seen when a neglected sector of society (third world) can remotely access high-tech laboratories with the same capabilities as a student from a developed economy . And it can be adapted to any context.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your solution?
The main strength is what was commented in the previous question, which adapts in different contexts both in the user (with any mobile or desktop device) and in the application to an infinite range of different educational laboratories.
If you're one of the three global winners, what are your next steps going to be?
The next steps will be to develop the laboratories with the educational centers that require it, and take STEM education to the ends of our planet, without the costly means of mobility that this required (with the reduction of GEI)
Do you already have an idea on how to make your solution become real?
Yes, we have defined the steps to follow, and the experimental tests that the application of the project entails, both from the laboratory side and from the future users.
What would you tell potential voters to make them cast their vote for your solution?
That our solution will solve the eternal problem of STEM education, the chronic lack of adequate laboratories to do the internships, not only in poor countries, but also in prestigious universities and institutes that cannot have all the equipment that exist worldwide at your disposal (for costs and physical space)
Could you give us a quote or a quick take-away?
As the great educator Domingo F. Sarmiento said "Education has to prepare nations en masse for the use of rights that today no longer belong to this or that kind of society, but simply to the condition of being human." "Remote Matter Labs has to prepare all nations and their inhabitants for the use of the right to a quality STEM education that today only belongs to a few, and that in the future will be simply a right due to being human, betting on a fairer society.
Anything you'd like to add?
If we can do experiments millions of kilometers away (on Mars), why don't we dare to do it to a few thousand with our most precious asset for planet Earth, for our children?
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Now time to vote!
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You need a bit of additional guidance on the process?
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