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XII No.9 - Sunday May 5 - Saturday May 18, 2013

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Students vie for Chemistry Olympiad

Students take part in exams and experiments at the CMU Faculty of Science to qualify for the International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Moscow in July.

Qualifiers for the Ninth Thailand Chemistry Olympiad, under the sponsorship of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, were held at the Chiang Mai University Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science from April 29 – May 3, 2013.
High school students from Matthayom 4-6 took part in the contest which included exams on chemistry and experiments. The top scorers will be sent to a camp to prepare for the International Chemistry Olympiad which will be held in July in Moscow in Russia. The top 96 students from around Thailand will attend the Olympiad. The Faculty of Science’s Department of Chemistry was one of the first departments established at CMU, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

Entrepreneurship and sustainability go hand in hand

Grade 4 students learn about entrepreneurship and sustainability.

By Joy Huss
Economics can be a very abstract concept for most children, especially those who live a privileged lifestyle and rarely need to worry about how their wants and needs will be met. The best way to understand money is to go try to make some of your own. That is just what Prem Grade 4 students did as they inquired into the world of economics. They gained a much clearer understanding of where money comes from, how to make it and how to spend it. And they had fun doing it!
They rst looked at the economics around them. How did people make a living using available resources? They visited local industries and artisans - a man who makes musical instruments out of wood and coconut shells, a clay pot factory, a rice mill, a man who makes woven bamboo baskets and a team of ladies who make products from hemp yarn. The students gathered ideas of what was possible and of the laws and uncertainties of economics. They witnessed how prots were mainly dependent on the availability of resources and the public demand for the product. The law of supply and demand presented itself and was clearly understood by the students.
The next task for the fourth graders was to try generating a successful business themselves. The organic farm on campus offered the greatest potential for having the knowledge and resources needed to make marketable products. The students split up into product teams: one team made organic hard soaps, a second made kafr lime shampoo and dish soaps and a third constructed vermicomposting (worms that make compost) units for small homes. The students had to make the products, design and create packaging, then advertise and sell their product at the Traidhos Community Market.
The excitement and engagement of all the children while working on this enterprise task were near electric.
They came up with a company name (Natural Farm Products), and created catchy product names such as “Strawberry Shortcake Dish Soap”, “Hulk Shampoo”, “Worm Canteen” and “Rainbow Lavender Soap”. They made decorative labels, information brochures and saa paper gift bags. The students calculated an attractive yet protable price for their items. They created “commercials” and performed them before a live audience at a school assembly, and worked together on making big, eye-catching banners to attract buyers to their products at the market. Finally, they reviewed several charities and voted on which one would be the recipient of any prots. With their products made and packaged, advertisements delivered and a charity chosen, all the students needed to do was to put their sales pitches and kid charisma to work and sell, sell, sell!
The much-anticipated market day nally came, and the students were excited to show off their work and make some sales. Some children discovered their inner salesperson: promoting and explaining their products to market goers, making one sale after the next. As the level of money rose in the cash box so did their joy and excitement. “Look at how much money we’ve made!” one student exclaimed, his eyes wide in splendid surprise.
Few shoppers could resist the young students’ imploring eyes and cute sales pitches. Everyone was duly impressed by the ambition, creativity and abilities of this group of young entrepreneurs. By the end of the market, almost all items were sold. The students added up the day’s sales and went home with glowing satisfaction etched on their faces.
However, after the high of the sale came the low of balancing the books. With a long list of expenses in hand, the students set to calculate how much prot their little business brought in and how much money they would be able to donate to their chosen charity. This was where some great learning happened.
“We should have made more worm boxes and sold them for more money,” some noted.
“The liquid soap made more money than the hard soap,” added another.
“We made a lot of money!” chirped in one.
“Yeah, but we were working for free,” a voice of reason remarked.
With little guidance, the children reected on prot margins, supply and demand, labour costs, material expenses and product enhancements. So much learning happened in such a short period of time. Such understanding would have been hard to achieve in a conventional classroom setting. Real life is indeed the best teacher.
Finally, to bring their business endeavour to a rewarding close, the students travelled to Love Animal House to present their THB 3,500 gift and see, with their own eyes, what “good business” really means.
You can’t put a price on that!

Zonta International sponsors 11 students

Members of Zonta International offered scholarships to 11 area students who have had their families affected by HIV at a ceremony held at the Red Cross offices.

By Nopniwat Krailerg
Members of Zonta International Chiang Mai club handed out their annual scholarships for 11 students whose families have been hit by HIV.
Zonta President Raya Luelai, Tiraka Intaraprasart Project Administrator, Suwannee Roncorone Club secretary, Suvimol Limlenglert, President elect, Ratchaya Boribanbureephan, Club Consultant Mrs. Amy El Tobgy and many other women joined in the donation ceremony. Additionally a Rod Nam Dam Hua ceremony to honor senior club members and activities were held for the children. Dr. Palarp Singhaseni, Zonta Area Director was honored to participate in this event.

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Students vie for Chemistry Olympiad

Entrepreneurship and sustainability go hand in hand

Zonta International sponsors 11 students



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