Dow Thailand Announces Winners of DOW-CST AWARD In Support of Thai Government’s Education Policy to Develop Creative Innovators among Thai Teachers and Students
Bangkok - January 08, 2019 - Dow Thailand Group together with the Chemical Society of Thailand (CST) under the patronage of Professor Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn and the National Science Museum recently announced the winners of the 2018 DOW-CST AWARD, a small-scale chemistry laboratory contest under Dow Chemistry Classroom. Winning teachers and students this year were awarded prizes worth over THB 200,000 in total; while first prize winners will also receive a royal trophy from Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn at the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON 2019) which will be held in February at BITEC Bangna.
Dow Thailand has supported “Dow Chemistry Classroom” for six consecutive years, in response to the government’s desire to encourage students and teachers to become better learners, initiators and innovators by giving them more learning experiences and insights through using Small-Scale Chemistry Laboratory techniques which are effective and safe means of doing chemistry experiments. The kits have helped to improve educational standards in Thailand, and push forward the frontiers of knowledge in science and technology, enabling teachers and students to become creative thinkers and innovators in the Thailand 4.0 era.
Professor Dr. Supa Hannongbua, President of the Chemical Society of Thailand said, “The Chemical Society of Thailand has contributed to the journey of the DOW-CST AWARD and Dow Chemistry Classroom for many years. We are aware that the classroom is a good foundation for learning and education including better understanding of science. Access to better science knowledge through the Small-Scale Chemistry Laboratory techniques will help reduce the gap between standards of science education in schools in Bangkok and those in remote areas of the country. Moreover, it allows children whose schools lack laboratories or budget for expensive chemicals and equipment to gain access to better chemistry education.”
Dr. Aphiya Hathayatham, Vice President of the National Science Museum said, “The National Science Museum’s objective is to encourage Thai society to recognize the importance of science for the country’s development. The DOW-CST AWARD and Dow Chemistry Classroom contribute greatly to students’ education in terms of science and technology. This is part of STEM Education which is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in the four pillars of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, enabling students to learn and integrate STEM knowledge via activities or projects reflecting real-life problem solving. We genuinely hope that Dow Chemistry Classroom will pave the way for advancements in science education in the nation and that students will apply their knowledge in a variety of professions in the future, helping to steer the country towards Thailand 4.0 and sustainable development”.
This year the DOW-CST AWARD under the Dow Chemistry Classroom Project has provided a great opportunity for over 153 role-model science teachers and chemistry students countrywide to participate in a total of 46 projects using the Small-Scale Chemistry Laboratory techniques creatively. The final round of the competition was held on January 08, 2019 on the 1st Floor, Chamchuri Square. The winners are as follows:
- Junior High School Level
- Winner: Kanyanisa Narksawat from Rayongwittayakhom School with the Heavy metal adsorption using banana peels project. The THB 40,000 prize was granted to the winning teacher and students. The teacher will also receive a royal trophy from Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak at Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2019 (PACCON 2019).
- 1st Runner-up: Reawadee Wicharee from Srinagarindra the Princess Mother School with The temperature of substances and reactions project. A THB 20,000 prize was granted to the teacher and students.
- 2nd Runner-up: Tatsanee Kwadchaiyaphum from Bangpakok Wittayakom School with the Mist in the glass project. A THB 10,000 prize was granted to the teacher and students.
- Senior High School Level
- Winner: Sarawut Taenjindarat from Mabtaputphanpittayakarn School with the Wastewater treatment by electrocoagulation project. The THB 40,000 prize was granted to the winning teacher and students. The teacher will also receive a royal trophy from Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak at Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference 2019 (PACCON 2019).
- 1st Runner-up: Potisak Potisen from Strisrinan School with the Mida Power project. A THB 20,000 prize was granted to the teacher and students.
- 2nd Runner-ups: Chayawin Chomngam from Prachinratsadorn Amroong School with the Buffer solution project, Chaiyaporn Mitpitak from Horwang School with the How to calculate gas constant project, Surangkana Srisawat from Strisrinan School with the Fit all in this tube project. A THB 10,000 prize was granted to the teacher and students.
Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, President of Dow Thailand Group said, “Dow Thailand has continued our support for the DOW-CST AWARD, a small-scale chemistry laboratory contest. We aim to help enhance Thai educational standards by focusing on teachers and students in our educational institutes. This year we are delighted to see an abundance of enthusiastic teachers and students across the country participate in the contest with strikingly creative projects. Dow Thailand hopes that the DOW-CST AWARD will act as an important catalyst, enabling teachers to transfer knowledge of science, notably chemistry to students with a more effective and interesting approach whereby students are inspired to be more creative and innovative.”
“Dow Chemistry Classroom” which has continued for six consecutive years since 2013 to promote small-scale chemistry laboratory techniques in classrooms. Several activities have been arranged throughout the year, such as workshops for science teachers in high schools and elementary school levels, train-the-trainer workshops for the project’s role-model teachers who will further hand on expertise and experiences to teachers across the country, follow up and assessment of safe school chemistry experiments and the DOW-CST Award contest. So far Dow Chemistry Classroom has trained more than 1,260 science teachers from 617 schools nationwide. Over 60,000 students have benefited from this innovative educational initiative.
About Dow Thailand Group
Consisting of the companies of Dow Chemical Thailand and the SCG-Dow Group, Dow Thailand Group, the leading science group of companies in Thailand, is the largest manufacturing base of Dow Chemical in the Asia-Pacific region and a leading importer of chemical products for diverse industries in Thailand, including those for agriculture and household pesticides. The group is committed to developing science-driven innovations and strives to form effective collaborations and networks to bring about sustainability for its business as well as society.
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