The African Science Truck Experience
Who we are
We improve practical science education for students in Uganda using a mobile laboratory.
Find out more at our website.
What’s the problem?
- Science education in Uganda is very poor and in 2011 nearly 75% of students failed their chemistry and biology O-Levels
- Schools have very little science equipment, so many students do not even see a test tube before taking their practical exams.
- Science teaching is old-fashioned and relies on students learning lists of facts by heart… so they quickly lose interest.
- There is a vicious cycle of poor education because many teachers are themselves poorly educated.
- Without scientists, engineers or doctors, Uganda cannot hope to develop into a prosperous country.
What does TASTE do?
- We provide a mobile science lab which regularly visits schools across Lwengo District, Uganda, allowing thousands of students to carry out 9 experiments each year.
- We teach exciting, hands-on science lessons to illustrate theories, instruct students in practical skills, and inspire them to pursue careers in science, medicine or engineering.
- In all lessons there is an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and other transferable skills.
- We empower teachers to run practical lessons by holding training events at the start of each term.
- During school holidays we travel around Uganda and show teachers how to run practical lessons with minimal resources—indirectly widening our impact to thousands of students.