H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Thai Astronomy Olympiad in Chiang Mai
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn views
the exhibits at the 11th Thai Astronomy Olympiad held at CMU Convention
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The 11th Thai Astronomy Olympiad was held at the Chiang Mai University
Convention Center on April 24, 2014 and H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony. The event was
held by the Promotion of Academic Olympiads and Development of Science
Education Foundation (POSN), under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H.
Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra in
cooperation with the Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University.
The 11th Thai Astronomy Olympiad was held from April 24-29, 2014 at the
Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University. The Olympiad promotes
astronomy in Thailand and Thai astronomers but was also held to coincide
with the 50th year anniversary celebrations of the founding of Chiang
Mai University and the 36th anniversary of Sirindhorn Observatory at
Faculty of Science, CMU.
Prem Students exhibit on
their Visions for Sustainability
By Joy Huss
Grade 5 students at Prem Tinsulanonda International School have
had an exciting two months in the lead up to their PYP exhibition.
Whilst studying the theme of “Sharing the Planet”, students have taken
meaningful actions in order to improve the world that they live in.
These actions range from formulating their own recipe for dog shampoo
for homeless dogs, designing video games to inform the public about what
products affect endangered species, and organising a paper recycling
programme for the Junior School.
Throughout their Junior School career (up to seven years), students have
been working towards their Grade 5 Exhibition, combining the skills that
they have learned in all subjects across their schooling, to put
together their exhibition.
In groups of two or three, students chose problems they believed were
significant to Sharing Our Planet, organised field trips and interviews
in order to learn more about them, and finally worked out ways in which
they could take action to help solve these problems.
Rather than working as a class, learning about and solving a singular
issue, students had more ownership over what they were studying. At this
year’s Prem Grade 5 exhibition, there will be twelve different groups
sharing their knowledge and the actions they have taken on issues, such
as endangered species, pollution, child labour, animal rights,
discrimination, energy use, deforestation, use of media and health.
Their innovations will be on show on Thursday 16 May, 5.30-7.30 pm or
during the school day of Friday 17 May, 10.15 am-3.00 pm. For more
information contact: Prem Tinsulanonda International School on +66 (0)
53 301 500 or email to [email protected]
Junior research astronomers exhibit in Japan
Students from schools in Chachoengsao, Phayao,
Nan and Ubon Ratchathani visited Japan to present their astronomical
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Junior astronomy researchers visited Japan with the National
Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), Ministry of Science and
Technology to show their work on the international stage in a trip to Japan.
This is the second such group that NARIT has to exhibit in Japan. NARIT
wants to develop the potential of Thai students doing research at the school
level, train advisers to enhance education, improve skills and experience of
astronomical research and prepare to reform astronomy learning and teaching
Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Deputy Director took 7 junior researchers together
with4 advisers from Benchama Raja Rangsarit School in Chachoengsao, Pua
School in Nan, Chiang Kham Witthayakham School in Phayao and
Hoksibpunsawitthayakom School in Ubon Ratchathani to present astronomical
research in the Junior Session of the Astronomical Society of Japan 2014 at
the International Christian University, Japan. They also presented their
schools astronomical activities in Astro-High School Forum 2014 at the famed
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Saran Poshyachinda noted that this is the second time that NARIT has brought
junior researchers of Advanced Teacher Training on the Astronomy Project to
present their work in the Junior Session of the Astronomy Society of Japan
2014. This gives students advantages in kick starting their education and
training in doing research and enables them to learn the process of
systematic data collection and data analysis as well as public presentation.
The seven projects that were selected for presentation were the results of
research projects done by the students with teacher advice; the advanced
projects used complex instruments and equipment. The students used the trip
to study Japanese techniques as well as exchange knowledge and ideas with
Japanese students giving the students inspiration for new projects.
Regina Coeli students to hold all female Khon performance
Sister Pensri Horae is joined by teachers and
students for the announcement of the school’s first all-female Khon
Regina Coeli College, the only all-girl school in Chiang Mai, plans to hold
their first all-female Khon performance in June. Sister Pensri Horae said
that there will be two episodes performed by 116 students and teachers.
Khon Prommas and Khon Yok Rob are the two episodes of the Ramakien that will
be performed for the general public on Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m. Khon is a
classical Thai masked show that interprets the Ramayana. Students have spent
three months practicing for this elaborate presentation.
A students only performance will be held at the school at 1 p.m. and tickets
for both performances are 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 baht. Tickets will go
on sale at the school in the middle of May.
The performance of this important cultural dance is being held to give
students a better understanding of their cultural history, to improve their
artistic ability and to honor H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The funds raised
will go towards promoting Thai cultural arts and musical and dancing skills
for students as well as other important school projects. Call 053-282935
during school hours for more information.