Dow Chemistry Classroom Project Expands to Elementary Level across Thailand
The program understands that teachers are the key drivers in developing the education system, encouraging students to learn through real-life experiments in the classroom, and igniting inspiration in learning science.
MIDLAND, Mich - July 11, 2017 -
Dow Thailand initiated a number of community education projects under the “Building the Workforce of Tomorrow” theme to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The program understands that teachers are the key drivers in developing the education system, encouraging students to learn through real-life experiments in the classroom, and igniting inspiration in learning science. That’s why the Dow Chemistry Classroom project includes best practices such as “Educator Empowerment” and “Classroom to Career.”
Recently, Dow Thailand Group, led by Nattapong Jirawattanaworakul, site public affairs manager of Dow Thailand Group, in collaboration with Chemical Society of Thailand, and National Science Museum (NSM) expanded the Small-Scale Chemistry Laboratory Training project for elementary school teachers for the first time in Rayong province. A total of 123 teachers from 65 schools attended the training session.
During the training, three generations of experienced teachers shared their insights and knowledge of using small-scale chemistry laboratory techniques – as well as how to safely operate chemical substances and adapt the program to elementary school curriculum. The objective is to equip elementary school teachers with innovative experimental techniques that can help make chemistry class safer, more interesting, and more relatable.
The Dow Chemistry Classroom project was initiated in 2013 to empower science educators to promote chemistry teaching through small-scale chemistry laboratory experiments with a highly safe chemical experimental approach recognized by UNESCO. Following the pilot workshop for science teachers from secondary schools in Rayong province, the project has been expanded nationwide. Since the program began, more than 600 teachers from over 300 schools have joined the campaign, making an impact on more than 35,000 students nationwide.
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