HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has chaired the opening of the seminar “10 Years of the Little Scientists House of Thailand, Education for Sustainable Development”
BANGKOK (NNT) - Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, has chaired the opening of the seminar “10 Years of the Little Scientists House of Thailand, Education for Sustainable Development”.
On March 10, 2021 at 8:56am, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, went to the Royal Library of Sra Pathum Palace to chair the seminar .
The President of the Little Scientists House Project, Assoc. Prof. Khunying Sumonta Phromboon, invited HRH to introduce the project’s eight partners and receive a memorandum of agreement. The eight are the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, the Office of the Basic Education Commission, the National Science Museum, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Srinakharinwirot University, Nanmee Book Co. Ltd. and B. Grimm Group. The memorandum was the third iteration of its kind and was drawn up between the eight and the Little Scientist House Foundation of Germany.
The seminar was fully online in recognition of the COVID-19 situation with Srinakharinwirot University, serving as the hub of the transmission. Over 3,500 local leaders of the project representing 238 network members nationwide, took part.
HRH spoke at the opening of the seminar and gave a special lecture on “the Little Scientists House and Education for Sustainability”.
Later, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn viewed online lectures by Managing Director of the Little Scientists House Foundation of Germany Dr. Michael Fritz, and Director of the Little Scientists House Project in Australia Sibylle Seidler.
Then HRH proceeded to view online exhibitions including a video on 10 years of the Little Scientist House project in Thailand, and three showcases by project participants; primary school teacher activities adapted to the local context of 13 schools; activities connecting nine scientific topics from the first nine years of the project to the concept of sustainable development, and a collection of six projects by exemplary primary school students of participating schools.
The Little Scientist House project was initiated in Thailand in 2010 by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to instill a love of science and scientific skills in primary school students. It began with only 221 participating institutions and has grown to 29,129, overseen by 238 local leaders. Over its 10 years, the project has expanded nationwide and added to its bank of knowledge. It has extended to family units and resulted in the television program “Little Scientist House”, providing animated scientific knowledge to primary school children with experiments they can perform with their parents. The program airs every Sunday on Thai PBS and has helped inspire an appreciation of science. Little Scientist House festivals also take place regularly across the country.
The project works with network members in Germany and Australia to foster in adults, a positive view of science and scientific methods, as well as desirable personal characteristics such as honesty, social responsibility, teamwork and a sense of sufficiency. The project has been adapted to the Thai curriculum, to develop an interest in science for further study after primary school, building a foundation for science and technology development in Thailand.
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