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Phayao province is renowned and ranked first in Thailand for its organic rice cultivation. Today, organic rice cultivation in the province is experiencing problems due to the use of pesticides to eliminate freshwater snails in rice paddy fields.These chemicals have leaked into natural water sources.The Faculty of Science at Phayao University therefore visited affected areas to seek ways to protect and improve the quality of organic rice. We found that freshwater snails were one of the main causes of the destruction of farmers’ organic rice, contributing to widespread damage in rice paddy fields,economic losses for farmers, and chemical contamination in natural water sources.

The Faculty of Science conducted research on how to inhibit the growth of freshwater snails in rice paddy fields. The field research techniques carried out by our students at Chun district, Phayao province, are now being introduced to the Thailand Children’s University Project by Phayao University,with primary and secondary school students being provided with the opportunity to study the lifecycle of freshwater snails and measure the size of snails living in rice paddy fields and natural water sources. Students who participated in the work were able to apply their mathematical skills to measure the snails’ size and volume, in order to conduct further research to determine the amount of natural organic chemicals that should be used to inhibit the movement of snails of different sizes in each rice paddy field. This is one example of how experiments in this project are not confined to laboratories, but actually present opportunities for participants to apply their STEM skills to solve local problems. The project is driven by the cooperation of students from the undergraduate, graduate,post-graduate, primary and secondary school levels.I believe Thailand Children’s University has greatly benefited children and inspired them to be passionate about learning science, math, and other STEM subjects. They will also be able to apply their STEM knowledge to solve problems in their daily lives and local communities.

 Terrelle Pryor Sr. Jersey


December 8, 2017