About LAB IN A BOX

Lab in a Box (LiB), developed by scientists and science communicators from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, is a pioneering pedagogical project, designed to develop students’ fascination with their environment, their critical thinking skills and their scientific curiosity. Focusing on experimental science and the scientific method, it aims to foster the creation of a community of future “citizen scientists” in different PALOP (African Countries of Portuguese Official Language or Portuguese-speaking countries).

With this objective, LiB develops, produces and implements in school communities of different Portuguese-speaking countries, an educational kit of scientific experiments – the “Lab in a Box” kit – that is portable and modular, with simple, appealing and curriculum-integrated experimental protocols, made with low cost materials of everyday use. The project also develops impact studies, and provides accredited teacher training, classroom follow-up and online resources for teachers.

Additionally, the LiB team pays special attention to the local context of the regions where the project is implemented, valuing their natural, social, historical and scientific capital, and including, whenever possible, local teachers and students in co-creation.

See how we got here, going through the most remarkable moments of “Lab in a Box” (LiB).

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  • 1st LiB pilot kit produced by IGC and IST volunteers

    1st LiB pilot kit produced by IGC and IST volunteers

  • 1st LiB Training – Biology – in the City of Praia (CV)

    1st LiB Training – Biology – in the City of Praia (CV)

  • 50 Kits distributed in Cape Verde

    50 Kits distributed in Cape Verde

  • 1st LiB Training – Physics – in the City of Praia (CV)

    1st LiB Training – Physics – in the City of Praia (CV)

  • Merck Family Foundation funds LiB – PALOP

    Merck Family Foundation funds LiB – PALOP

  • Oeiras City Council finances LiB – Oeiras

    Oeiras City Council finances LiB – Oeiras

  • New team hired to develop LiB project

    New team hired to develop LiB project

  • Production of new LiB Manual – Physics Experiments

    Production of new LiB Manual – Physics Experiments

  • 2nd LiB Training – Physics – in the City of Mindelo (CV)

    2nd LiB Training – Physics – in the City of Mindelo (CV)

  • LiB establishes partnership with Katyavala Bwila University, Angola

    LiB establishes partnership with Katyavala Bwila University, Angola

  • The “Lab in a Box” Website is launched

    The “Lab in a Box” Website is launched

  • Development of new LiB activities for primary and middle schools

    Development of new LiB activities for primary and middle schools

  • New LiB box presented to the public

    Foto Kit LiB

  • 1st LiB – Oeiras Teacher Training (Primary and Middle Schools)

    1st LiB – Oeiras Teacher Training (Primary and Middle Schools)

  • New LiB kits distributed in Oeiras schools

    New LiB kits distributed in Oeiras schools

  • LiB starts Online Teacher Training due to Covid-19

    LiB starts Online Teacher Training due to Covid-19