Students vie for
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.
www1.science.cmu.ac.th/library/tcho9/index.html. (Photo courtesy of CMU)
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
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
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
“We should have made more worm boxes and sold them for more money,” some
“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
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.