In Thailand, winners of the ‘DOW-CST Award’, a contest which promotes implementation of small-scale chemistry laboratory techniques among teachers and students, have received scholarships and royal plaques.
Dow Thailand Group, the main sponsor of the Dow Chemistry Classroom project, joined hands with partners to host the DOW-CST Award 2020-2021. The contest promotes implementation of small-scale chemistry laboratory techniques among teachers and students under the theme “Safe and Sustainable Science Experiments”.
Winners received scholarships and H.R.H Princess Chulabhorn Krom Phra Srisavangavadhana’s royal plaques of honour. The DOW-CST award has been hosted for seven consecutive years by the Dow Chemistry Classroom project, which is now in its ninth year.
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The initiative is a collaboration among Dow Thailand Group, the Chemical Society of Thailand, the National Science Museum, the Bureau of Academic Affairs and Educational Standards, and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education.
Teachers and students across the country were offered opportunities to submit their small-scale chemistry laboratory projects which promote the application of local materials in their experimental kits.
Prizes for winning teams
The contest was held at The Street Ratchada under strict COVID-19 preventive measures. Twenty-seven teams had been selected for the second-round online competition before the committee shortlisted eleven finalists for the onsite competition – five teams from junior high school and six teams from high school.
The winning teams received 40,000-baht scholarships and royal trophies, while the 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up received honour plaques as well as 20,000-baht and 10,000-baht scholarships, respectively.
PACCON 2022 for teachers
In addition, the supervising teachers of the twenty-seven teams will be appointed the project’s role-model teachers and be eligible to participate in the train-the-trainer programs at the Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference (PACCON 2022).
The winning teams’ teachers will receive a royal plaque of honour from H.R.H Princess Chulabhorn Krom Phra Srisavangavadhana at the same conference on June 30th – July 1st at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.
Science skills in Thai children
Prof. Dr. Supa Hannongbua, President, Chemical Society of Thailand, said, “The year 2022 is recognised as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development in alignment with our project to promote science skills among Thai children.
“We encourage students to be inspired by science and apply their knowledge and experiences gained from the classroom in developing safe science projects for sustainability, using small-scale chemistry laboratory techniques. The scientific knowledge and capabilities are leveraged to produce value for Thai society, the environment, and the economy.”
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