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Offroad trucks that deploy into outdoor classrooms

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Nov 07, 2021
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Offroad army trucks converted into deployable classrooms. During nice weather, schools can hold classes outside while still providing all the comforts of a standard classroom.
Why?
  • Make education more fun. Give kids something to look forward to.
  • Kids spend a substantial percentage of their youth enclosed in classrooms. Spending more time outdoors improves cognitive function, brain activity, blood pressure, mental health, physical activity, and sleep.
  • Easily carry everything kids and teachers need for the day.
How it works
Such offroad classrooms would only be used during nice weather. When fully deployed the classroom would have no walls.
Benches for 30 people would be integrated into the walls and floor of the truck. At the press of a button, the walls would pop down to make all benches level and spaced apart just like in a regular classroom.
A telescopic arm awning would be deployed from each side of the truck to provide shade for the open classroom.
The truck would have a toilet and a small kitchen carrying food for the kids.
The classroom can be deployed anywhere. When the truck leaves, there are no traces left behnid.
Safety While driving, the kids would be strapped in like soldiers. . The teacher sits facing the kids, so s/he can teach while the truck is moving.
Offroad kindergarten
Same general idea, differently furnished deployable area.

[1]Jimenez, Marcia P et al. “Associations between Nature Exposure and Health: A Review of the Evidence.” International journal of environmental research and public health vol. 18,9 4790. 30 Apr. 2021, doi:10.3390/ijerph18094790

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Door step school

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Nov 08, 2021
We have something called the "door step school". Their purpose is different from yours but the execution part seems similar. The door step school is for those who cannot afford education - for people working at the construction sites. They face language problems and hence, cannot attend the local schools that provide free education. These kids and the workers travel from construction site to construction site and that is another reason why the kids cannot attend school. Traveling from the construction site to the school is another issue. These kids learn their parents' craft and acquire the necessary skills to work at the construction sites. When they attain the legal age, they start working. Door step schools teach such kids. They do not indulge in the regular subjects that are taught at the regular schools but teach the necessary stuff like numbers, vocabulary, basic literacy, and social skills, etc.
The door step school is conducted in buses that are equipped with all classroom supplies including a computer, TV, DVD player, and educational audio-visual learning material. They travel throughout the city and spend a couple of hours a day with the children at one construction site.
They may provide some insights like the problems they face regarding the vehicle they use that could be helpful here.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Wow. That's a worthy problem to solve in better ways - closer to the root of the problem.
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Desk in a backpack / fold up desk

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Nov 17, 2021
This could probably be a standalone idea, but it was completely inspired by this and ultimately, I believe, it serves much of the same purpose.
Apart from getting qualified teachers to children in need of education in remote areas (I'm thinking of Africa specifically, but this must be true around the globe), one of the biggest problems is getting the necessary infrastructure to allow these children to learn in an environment that is conducive to their education and comfortable. Many classes literally consist of children sitting on the ground, beneath a tree, with an entire class sharing a single book.
So, when I saw your idea, I thought that might be a great way to reach some of these communities that do not have access to schools. Such a mobile option may be unnecessary though, because these children, and the next generations of children, will continue to need education, so instead of building a mobile option the funds might be better utilized creating permanent infrastructure.
However, that made me think, what if everything children would need could be put into a single backpack, meaning an entire "school" could be stored in a single storage container, which might be more feasible than building permanent structures in small, poor communities.
The idea would be to have a collapsible desk, that has things like a tablet and a solar panel attached to it. This way, teachers could upload all the necessary learning material on the tablets beforehand, meaning every child would have access to the material, which could be powered by a powerbank that stores solar energy. I say tablet, but it wouldn't have to be anything fancy, there is no wifi coverage in these areas, and the hardware wouldn't need to be able to do anything other than access the learning material.
All of this should be made to fit in something as small as a camping chair bag, effectively creating a mobile desk and chair containing everything a pupil would need.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic21 days ago
Google search for "$100 laptop" returns quite a few that are even priced as low as $60. Judging by the specs they can handle anything the kids need for their education. A mobile phone could extend the WiFi so that all the classroom devices can connect to the internet via its data plan.
Then there are backpacks like these that could be used to carry the laptop:

And a folding table:

If solar is too cumbersome to carry or slow to charge, kids could pedal-charge the laptops for a while before using them. Something like this could be carried in the backpack.
This might be too much gear to carry by a child. A new product that incorporates all of the above (as you said) should be designed.
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off-road classroom

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Marco Agudelo Nov 18, 2021
We could keep in mind the possibility of having a dedicated off site class. This is the possibility to have a truck deployable into an observatory, in which for example last year's students could travel into deserts and have an observatory session of heaven, or having a biology/chemics class right into the wild, in which students may take samples and put them into deplayable laboratories.
It could implement “smart furnitures” to handle facilities' detailed needs of equipment. This would complement those architectural deployable options for interior design and space distribution like the ones shown on the first post. The vehicle could be like those double decker buses, and I guess the main reason to select a proper type of vehicle would be based on a designed indicator of mounted power capacity.
For general space distribution the first floor would be mainly the deployable dedicated laboratory and the second floor would be fully equipped safety bus-alike for classmates transportation. Once on site the second floor will smartly transform into what needs to be done and the first floor will fully deploy into the classroom needs.
If it is worth delving deeper into the idea, one could next work the team profile needed to brainstormed.
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