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Learning science brings answers to students at Prem

Maejo University welcomes international visitors

Teachers nationwide will begin morality courses

Learning Thai in Chiang Mai

Learning science brings answers to students at Prem

Students at Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS) studying science are provided with many unique opportunities. In addition to an already rich variety of learning experiences available to the students in the Senior School, the Science programme offers students an exceptional opportunity to extend their knowledge on a global level. Science in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme gives students a truly international perspective - looking at topical issues such as eugenics, the history of biology, inter-cultural impacts of science, information technology in science, conservation, ethical considerations such as abortion and cloning and many others. PTIS is in the process of adopting the latest syllabuses from the IB which promise to not only provide students with all of the traditional skills and knowledge but also with a more holistic view of science in general.

Students at Prem analyzing their results during science class.

Whilst students at PTIS look at the many aspects of the sciences from an international perspective, there is also a focus on local resources. PTIS is in a unique position geographically with its 90 acre campus and varied ecosystems available both on-campus and on the land surrounding PTIS. The campus easily lends itself to fieldwork on ecosystems, water toxicology and botanical surveys. There are more than 127 species of birds on campus alone. Surrounding environments include working rice paddies and broadleaf forests. Students in Grade 11 use the local environment when they work on a project which is unique to the IB called the Group 4 project. At Prem this translates to the whole of Grade 11 being broken down into groups of 4-5 students working together across the three science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The project consists of a full day’s experiment, a formal write-up and then a presentation to parents, friends and guests at the school’s Middle Years Program information evening. The experiments are developed by the students themselves and are a perfect example of the IB’s emphasis on encouraging students to become independent learners.

The science faculty at PTIS boasts four newly upgraded laboratories with ample facilities to explore the practical uses and applications of Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Students can be seen testing water with specially designed electronic probes seeking to determine nitrate levels and logging these onto their graphic calculators or laptop computers.

There are also links with the Bangkok based Chao Praya Magic Eyes Barge Program where students have the opportunity to live on board a converted rice barge and study intensively the areas of ecology and conservation. The school has developed links with the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) based on Doi Suthep and Chiang Mai University’s science faculty in order to broaden students’ learning.

Maejo University welcomes international visitors

Associate Professor Dr. Thep Pongpanitch, President of Maejo University, accompanied by his management team is on hand to welcome international students from La Trobe, Australia and Yunnan, China. Their visit to Maejo University was to attend a three way teaching project.

Teachers nationwide will begin morality courses

Education Minister Wichit Srisa-arn says the teaching of moral education will definitely be applied after this school break and concrete results will be achieved.

Prof. Dr. Wichit stated that during the school break, the Ministry of Education is training about 20,000 teachers on the teachings of moral education. Thus, teachers can determine various activities that foster goodness in their students. With the support from the Ministry of Culture and the Office of the Prime Minister, 10,000 Buddhist monks will educate students about moral standards.

Prof. Dr. Wichit says youth development camps have been set up every year and they have drawn about one million children annually. In addition, he also has a plan to set up a committee responsible for improving educational level at the learning institutes. He says the committee will use moral education standards to educate children about the dangers of narcotics and courses on sex education to encourage abstinence amongst teenagers.

The Education Minister says this strategy will strengthen links with the family, religious institutions as well as other agencies such as the Royal Thai Police. (TNA)

Learning Thai in Chiang Mai

CMT Chiang Mai Thai Language Center

Private tutoring and Small group classes 131 Ratchadamnern Road, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Tel. 053-277-810 Email: [email protected]

The AUA Thai Language Course

AUA Language Center, Chiang Mai Phone: 053-278407, 053-277951, 053-211377 Fax: 66 53-211973 E-mail: [email protected]

Australian Centre

Soi 5, Thanon Suthep, Chiang Mai. tel: (053) 810-552. Located 2 km west of the old city, in a traditional Thai house adjacent to Chiang Mai University, this organization offers a 30 hour course in "survival Thai."

Baan Pasa (NES) Institute of Languages

Chayaphum Road, opposite Sompet Market, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053 233-050 There are four branches of this school in Chiang Mai, two of which are located here, just across the moat near the northwest corner of the old city.

TFL Center

Opposite the Royals College at 86/2 Kaew Nawarat offers Thai lessons for foreigners. Tel: 053-266-295-6

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