“Dow Chemistry Classroom” Expanded to Elementary School Level, Inspiring the Love of Science among Thai Youth
Rayong - June 30, 2017 - Since 2013, “Dow Chemistry Classroom” project has successfully trained science teachers from secondary schools in Rayong and been expanded nationwide. This year, Dow Thailand Group, Chemical Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak and National Science Museum (NSM) continue the project by setting the small-scale chemistry laboratory training for elementary school teachers for the first time. A total of 123 teachers from 65 schools in Rayong attended the training session.
Poranee Kongamornpinyo, Public Affairs Director, Dow Thailand Group, said “Dow initiates projects under the ‘Building the Workforce of Tomorrow’ theme to highlight the importance of STEM education, which consists of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The company also acknowledges teachers as the key driver in developing the education system, urging students to gain first-hand experience through a real-life experiment in the classroom, and igniting inspiration in learning science in Thailand. That’s why Dow focuses on ‘Educator Empowerment’ which is a practical-orientated educational approach for teachers in the science field. If we could instill students the love of science since young age, as a result, they will be more likely to study science in the future and become the main force in the work market.”
Prof. Dr. Supawan Tantayanon, Director of “Dow Chemistry Classroom”, said “In this training session, three generations of role-model science teachers from the project join together to share their insights and knowledge of using small-scale chemistry laboratory technique as well as how to safely operate chemical substances that can be adapted with the elementary school level’s curriculum. The objective is to arm elementary school teachers with innovative experimental techniques so they can incorporate into their course structure and classroom materials, making chemistry class safer, more interesting, and more relatable.”
The training was held at Soi Phet 1 room, Golden City Hotel in Rayong province with Suphan Harntujitr, Deputy Director of Rayong Elementary Educational Area District Office 1 presided over the event. “I really admire people behind ‘Dow Chemistry Classroom’ as they help equip elementary school teachers with the opportunity to learn about small-scale chemistry laboratory technique for their science classes, allowing the youth to have first-hand experience on experimenting, creating inspiration for the students to advance their science education.” Suphan added.
For the past four years, “Dow Chemistry Classroom” has extended the knowledge of small-scale chemistry laboratory technique throughout numerous activities, such as expanding the network of science teachers under “Dow Chemistry Classroom Mobile Unit”, “Dow-NSM Science Caravan” partnered with National Science Museum (NSM), scientific project showcases at the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON) which is an international conference for sharing knowledge regarding the advancement in chemistry, and Dow-CST Award for science experiment projects that utilize the small-scale chemistry techniques where the winner of the competition receives the royal trophy from Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak. Since the establishment of “Dow Chemistry Classroom”, more than 560 professors from 288 schools have joined the campaign, making an impact on a total of 35,000 students nationwide.
About Dow Chemistry Classroom Project
Dow Thailand Group is determined to bolster science knowledge among the youth by collaborating with Chemical Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Prof. Dr. H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn Walailak. “Dow Chemistry Classroom” project was initiated with the intention to support chemistry class at schools through the use of a small-scale chemistry laboratory technique which is an effective and safe experiment method that simplifies chemical experiment while reducing chemical wastes. Students can obtain a hands-on experience from conducting the experiments themselves not just listening from the lectures. “Dow Chemistry Classroom” project aims to enhance teachers and students’ capability through science study, particularly chemistry, with a small-scale chemistry laboratory technique. The method is recognized by UNESCO and practiced internationally in chemistry classes around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Cambodia. This is considered to be the first time that the private sector has concretely adopted a small-scale chemistry laboratory method for Thai educational system.
About Dow Thailand Group
Consisting of 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 collaboration and networks to bring about sustainability for its business as well as society.