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Mzuzu University Launches MILAB App for Interactive Science Simulations

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  • February 16, 2023
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Mzuzu University’s ICT Department has launched an innovative app called MILAB, which provides interactive simulations of secondary school science experiments. The launch was attended by several dignitaries, including UNDP resident representative Shigeki Komatsubara, Director of the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovations (DSTI) Professor Chomora Mikeka, and Sectretary of Education Mrs Chikondano C. Mussa.

The MILAB app is a game-changer for secondary school science education in Malawi. It provides an interactive and engaging platform for students to learn science concepts and perform experiments virtually. This app is a great resource for teachers and students who do not have access to a laboratory or do not have the necessary resources to conduct experiments in person. It also helps to mitigate the shortage of science teachers and laboratory facilities in secondary schools.

The MILAB app covers various topics in physics, chemistry, and biology, and it allows students to simulate experiments and observe the results. The app also includes virtual lab equipment, such as beakers, thermometers, and microscopes, to enable students to practice lab skills and techniques. The simulations are designed to be realistic, and they provide students with an accurate representation of what would happen in a real laboratory.

During the launch, Professor Chomora Mikeka praised the app, saying, “This app is a game-changer in the teaching and learning of science. It will provide students with a hands-on experience of scientific concepts and techniques, which will improve their understanding and performance in science subjects.”

The UNDP resident representative Shigeki Komatsubara also highlighted the importance of the app in promoting access to quality education in Malawi. He said, “The MILAB app is a great example of how technology can be used to improve access to education and promote equitable opportunities for all students.”

The Sectretary of Education Mrs Chikondano C. Mussa emphasized the need to leverage technology to address the challenges facing science education in Malawi. She said, “Inadequate resources, such as laboratory facilities and equipment, have been a significant challenge in science education. The MILAB app provides a solution to these challenges and offers an opportunity to improve the quality of science education in Malawi.”

The launch of the MILAB app is a significant milestone for the Mzuzu University ICT Department and a major step towards improving science education in Malawi. The app has the potential to revolutionize the way science is taught and learned in secondary schools, and it provides a platform for students to excel in science subjects. The MILAB app is now available for download on Google Play Store, and it is free for all users.

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