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.
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
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
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.
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
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)
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