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Apichai Supakornkosai, or Ice, was one of the many children who joined the recent Thailand Children’s University activity organized by Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Science. He was eager to join the event because of his keen interest in science, which his mother fully supports.

Although he had never attended a TCU event before, he had a blast participating in all the activities. Specifically, he relished the fact that the activities strengthened his knowledge and understanding of the elements of the scientific learning process, such as making observations, asking questions, finding solutions and communicating with others. All these skills are among the critical 21st century skills that students need to develop to succeed in the next era.

“I love science because it allows me to do experiments using laboratory equipment in order to solve problems. When I saw the experiment results, I always recorded them and tried to figure out why that result happened,” said Ice. “I shared some of my results with my mom and my friends. I’m happy that my friends also enjoyed them.

“I liked all the activities from the event, many of which were new to me. For example, the ‘Milk and Eggs’ activity was really fun, and I learned that if my friend accidentally swallows some bathroom cleaner, I should give him high-protein food like milk or egg whites, to reduce toxins. The laboratory experiments were also awesome and I had the chance to use the same equipment as real scientists do. The instructors simply explained why we should do these experiments, what we will get from them and how we can apply the knowledge in everyday life.”

The activities offered hands-on science lessons, which were exciting and enabled students to observe, experiment, and share ideas with their peers. The activities also served to inspire children to pursue STEM careers in the future. Apart from gaining science knowledge through experiments and exercising their skills, children have the chance to make new friends who share common interests. This is another way to expand interest in STEM education in Thailand.


December 7, 2017