Jeepneed's Lab in a Box

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Jeepneed's Lab in a Box: Let Little Scientists Loose

Capiz, PhilippinesManila, Philippines
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$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Jeepneed is building a lab-in-a-box to expand it's impact in rural schools in the Philippines. These kits use simple materials in fun activities, e.g. creating the right soap for a classroom sink, and teach skills like data collection & synthesis through with a fish ruler.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if young people could become field researchers while learning and playing?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Only 20% of Philippine public schools have science materials. But, is a lack of resources to blame for our low quality of education? We rank at the bottom 2 in international assessments(TIMMS) and lack concrete data to pin point problem areas. A closer look will show that materials are present and unused. A mismatch between materials, training and student needs, have led to a lack of engagement, and exploration in our classrooms and beyond.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Bridge the gap with Jeepneed's lab in a box. The lab in a box provides a model for a science lab that with hands on activities for the full school year and for all levels at $300 (a months minimum wage in the Philippines) This Lab is implemented with Jeepneed's Teacher Support Program that encourages teachers to try lessons then teaches them how to make their own modules in any subject This Lab: Uses simple resources Contains activities focused on community concerns (e.g. mapping health problems) allowing students to develop skills and learn content Contain easy to execute lesson plans linking activities to national standards Uses SMS for follow up and reporting to reach all schools
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A public school has purchased Jeepneed's lab in a box, without subsidy, for $300. Ms. Maryann, a grade 5 science teacher, is now armed with fun, hands on activities for the school year. She decides to use the fish ruler lesson plan in Anita's class. Anita learns why fish may be an unhealthy size when caught. She uses the colourful fish ruler to measure fish in the wet market. Her classroom reports a total of 160 fish, with only 25 at a healthy size. Ms. Maryann texts the Jeepneed Mainline the information. This is added to a public map that researchers use as an indicator. Anita's class are mostly children of fishermen, they decide to post the healthy size of fish at the tables of the town wet markets.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have implemented our programs in a total of 13 schools with 1850 students Our pilot has raised standardized test scores in science by an average of 20 points. Internal tests on retention show students retain 70% more information when using a hands on Jeepneed activity. 60% of teachers attending a current Jeepneed training will adopt lessons Our biggest behaviour management problem is making sure students do not stand on the chairs in excitement. Current costs: $250 with 60% of lessons mapped to national standards Future: Complete the lab and make it available for less than $300 Reach 80% public schools. Integrate modules created by teachers who graduated from our training program. Collect 800,000 data points. Expand to integrate other subjects like Math for financial literacy and English and the Arts to document local history

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Expand across countries by providing Lab in a Box modules with a guide on how to adopt the local context and education standards. Provide current kits with key partners in different locations as well as an assessment process to allow communities to determine the relevant needs schools can address. Refined Teacher Support Program creates a track for teachers to become module developers, and coaches for other local teachers. The maps created by different locations become a global map, researchers can use strateigically to work with local communities to address key issues.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Jeepneed sells the Lab-in-a-Box as a whole and in parts. Whole labs are purchased by private schools and individual lessons/kits are bought by young families, scientists and parents. Their purchase subsidizes the cost of a public school partner and allows us to provide our trainings and support sessions at minimal cost. We continue to be supported by grants and CSR but aim to use sales as an avenue to be completely self sustaining.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Kit's available in the market are for sale for 3-6 days minimum wage. They are not created locally, and usually provide materials for one person, single use. The most expensive kit in Jeepneed will cost 1 days minimum wage, and can be used and reused by a student or a small group of 5. Many low cost alternatives are usually available on line but are difficult for teachers to access and require a lot of after school work, and a mindset change that requires support from a team. Jeepneed provides the teacher support and continues to redesign with the student and teacher in mind.

Founding Story

I met a handful of inspiring students who were the first in their families to make it to college and their formula seemed to be: mentors + materials + engagement = passion to stay in school We thought that the best way to bring this formula to students was to put it in a cultural symbol on wheels, focusing on science first, as an intersection of creativity and critical thinking, academics and vocation. I found a partner, and we pitched our idea on kickstarter to raise seed funding. Students were excited about school, hanging out by the lab during lunch and the test scores followed. The next 2 years were about learning how to sustain that impact in a school after we've driven away. The lab in a box was born.


Our content team includes teachers working for keystone progressive schools, trained for Dep of Ed, written national standards, taught in the largest university for medicine. Project management has handled SMS-wallet accounts for a large telecom, and a finance officer who was assistant to the Commission in Audit. Advisory Board: Curtis Gabrielson who wrote and integrated low cost science materials in the national curriculum of East Timor
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Organization Country

, Manila

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Capiz

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Customers.


Co founders, Shaina Tantuico and Erika Pineda have received DevEx 40 under 40 International Development Leaders
Shaina is a Global Changemaker, a youth Chapter of the World Economic Forum in Manila

Primary Target Age Group

6 - 12.

Your role in Education

Administrator, Teacher.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based).

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Professional Development, Community, Products or Services.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Actively Designing Space & Culture as Essential Elements for Learning: Creating cost-effective methods to infuse a school with habits, language, and materials needed for learning through play.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Trapped Between Competing Pressures: Educators face a lack of capacity to re-imagine and restructure educational settings.


Suggestions on ways to refine/model the SMS data aggregation system.


Jeepneed can offer feedback or assistance in creating learning modules for students in similar settings to our own.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Increase student engagement in lessons, develop thinking and communication skills which will lead to stronger retention of concepts and improved test scores.

School and curricular engagement in relevant community issues.

Qualitatively collect student action taken beyond the lessons especially focused on health and environment.

Reduce the barriers to adoption: Decrease Teacher load (lesson prep and research) and provide support for using and developing new lessons.

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

a. The Jeepneed Education Model has 3 parts:
1. Distributing the Lab-in-a-Box
2. Implementing the Teacher Support Program – A training program to teach the lab in a box, creating their own modules and coaching others
Supported via SMS to follow up with teachers, detect problems
3. The Mobile Lab – A cycle of visits that supplement lab classes by teaching documentation skills
b. Where: Capiz, Philippines
c. How often:
Lab in a Box deployment - once per quarter
Trainings - once a month
Mobile lab visits - once a month
d. For how many hours
training - 8 hours once a month
lab visit - 1 hour per class
e. Who delivers the services
training: jeepneed trainors
mobile lab visit: hired facilitator
implement lab in a box: teachers teach the lessons in class

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

1. Design thinking in school curriculum, emphasis on skills over content - Design for Change in Riverside school, d.schools educators toolkit, what better way to put students at the center of their learning
2. The quality of education in the low cost private school movement
Brac schools ability to train mothers with teaching techniques Americas charter schools still struggle with - the BOP understands these priorities and will invest in the change
3. Engineering concepts in low cost kits - Experifun
Materials are being designed to be open, and allow students to discover

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

Play is a friendly experiment. You face discovery with a friendly smile which allows you to test more new things, receive feedback with openness, work with others, direct outcomes, and practice in a safe environment. At an age where we need to create more than we consume, where future jobs are uncertain, and futures bring new problems to solve, play becomes the only way to learn.

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

for June 2013 - June 2014
Grant 55%
Individual Donors 5%
Profit from Sales of lab in a box modules 40%

It takes us 4500 USD to develop a kit, from content development to first 100 pcs of materials
We need 40,000 USD to fully develop the SMS and mapping system

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

The hybrid model allows us to receive grants to develop content, test and pilot programs in order to guarantee the educational value

Being a for profit also makes sure we focus on creating a product our customers will but because they see the value in it, not simply because a donor or a non profit trend has identified this value.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

Develop and test an assessment model using the SMS system. 12000USD
This should allow us to guarantee the existing kits and improve them, as well as reach and follow up with more teachers in our training program.

Invest excess in inventory for unmet orders

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

The Mind Museum - largest customer and as a well known science institution, they also provide their stamp of approval
Pilot Schools and Teachers - have helped us determine key focus areas, and given us valuable feedback to refine content
Content Developers - we receive input from experts, scientists, university professors on the soundness of our science

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

The Mitrataa Foundation is on to developing a very interesting game to suggest community issues, matched to students "choose your own adventure" choices. I would love to carry this in our mobile lab and see potential for collaboration there.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Students expand their projects to address issues they have discovered locally.
Teachers are creating their own modules and sharing it with other teachers or distributing it through jeepneed's lab in a box.
Integrated other subjects into our modules.
Allow other countries to localize our education content.
Extremely low cost activities are adopted and recommended by the Department of Education

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

Number of student-centered modules contributed by teacher trainees
Number of schools replenishing consumable materials with local counterpart
Students who took action after module based on what they learned

Secondary: Standardized test scores
number of schools reached

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IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

1,001 to 10,000

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

Other (please specify)

Other (please specify)

we have been searching for interested partners and appreciate a recommendation

Number of Employees:

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers:

Fewer than 10

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts).

Other (please specify)
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