National Science Week
Children peer through telescopes and listen to
explanations on their use by NARIT staffers as part of an ongoing project to
stimulate interest in science among children.
Different booths were set up with scientific
and displays for National Science Week.
As part of National Science Week the
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) set up booths for
students to learn more about planets and astronomy at Chiang Mai University, Mae
Jo University and Mae Fa Luang University in Chiang Rai.
Students visited the exhibitions which
featured information on solar eclipses, planets outside the solar system, solar
storm, and asteroid collisions. Different types of telescopes were on display
with staff to explain their usage and to let students know how to find stars and
planets in the sky.. It also has different types of telescopes on display.
NARIT’s goal is to foster an environment and awareness of science and technology
using astronomy as a medium.
NARIT was established as a national
research and development center for ground-based astronomy, to draw up the
astronomy and astrophysics education and research programs and carry them
through and to work on collaborative international research. NARIT’s
headquarters are in Chiang Mai and they have an observatory on Doi Inthanon.
Summer Exchange Program information
The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will be holding two information
workshops for students wishing to travel to the United States as exchange
students as part of the Summer Work and Travel in the USA program.
The first seminar will be held at Chiang
Mai University Library, 5th floor from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on
Wednesday, August 31 and the second at Central Airport Plaza 2nd
floor Northern Village, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Staff from the Consulate will be on hand to
answer any questions and to help with understanding guidelines for application.
Kashiba Foundation Education fund
Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor Sunthorn Yamsiri presented
scholarships from the Kashiba Education Fund from the Japanese Kashiba
Foundation to Wat Tha Satoi School on Monday, August 22, 2011. Students
performed local Lanna dances for the visitors and funds were handed out by the
Municipality signs MOU with Mae Jo University
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn signed the
Memorandum of Understanding with Mae Jo University officials on Friday, August
19 to enact technical cooperation between the two organizations at the Municipal
Youthful artists amaze
Violinist and teacher at Santi Music School Mojin
Pichayaporn introduced one of his students, a 10 year old young man named Maxim
and a 19 year old pianist named Julia to the open mic night at Sangdee where
they wowed the audience. Young Maxim played the violin superbly while Julia Lee
performed her classical pieces from memory. She will be holding a formal concert
on August 27 at the CRK Recital Hall at Payap University’s Kaew Nawarat Campus
at 7 p.m.
Student workshops on fighting AIDS
Youth groups attended the workshops
held from August 9 to learn more about HIV/AIDS.
The Chiang Mai Municipality held workshops with health
professionals to teach Chiang Mai students about HIV/AIDS and the means to
prevent it. While Thailand has had great success in combating AIDS and has
implemented programs copied in other countries, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn
pointed out to the students that the disease is still prevalent and that
vigilance is required to keep it from spreading again.
HIV/AIDS was first reported in Thailand in 1984 and spread
rapidly. While early patients were IV drug users and gay men, by 2005 40% of all
infections were in women. In the 1990’s Thailand implemented a huge, well-funded
education programs as well as prevention program,s and Thailand has seen the new
infection rate drop. Antiretroviral medication was made widely available through
the medical care system has reduced the death rate.
However, young people have become a big risk group, most do
not remember the campaigns of the 1990’s and are unaware of the risks of unsafe
sexual behavior. It is believed that 85% of young people do not see HIV as
something to worry about, even though 70% of all STI cases in Thailand occur in
in the 15-24 year age group. Thailand launched a TV campaign in 2007, but it has
not been aggressively pursued and many young people continue to have unsafe sex.
The workshops were held on August 9 to help promote HIV/AIDS
awareness and prevention.
Japanese football club visits Chiang Mai
Members of the Urawa Red Diamonds
hand out souvenirs to students during their trip to Chiang Mai.
8 members and coaches of the hugely popular Japanese football
club out of Saitama, the Urawa Red Diamonds visited Chiang Mai students with the
support of the Japanese Consulate General on August 2 at schools in San Sai and
The team members and coaches led practices for the enthusiastic students and
gave souvenirs to the participants.
The Urawa Red Diamonds are members of the J-League and one of Japan’s top teams
having won their first league title in 2006, the Emperor’s Cup twice and the
Asian Champions League in 2007. They have sent players to the National Team for
the World Cup and have players overseas.
The camp was part of their “Heart-full Soccer in Chiang Mai and Bangkok” trip to
Thailand as a means to teach the value of unity through football to young people
around the world.
Nearly 100 children participated
in the soccer camps held at schools in Mae Rim and San Sai.
Thai students win at Shell Eco-marathon
Lampang Rajabhat students competed
in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Singapore in July.
The Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college
student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient
vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the winners are
the teams that go the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.
Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa emerged winner under the Prototype Category, despite
being newcomers to the competition. They set a new record of 2,213.4 kilometers
on a litre of fuel, enough to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Chang Mai in northern
This is even further than last year’s record - 1,521.9 km/l – which could take
them from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok.
Lampang Rajabhat students took fourth in the internal combustion engine field
for the prototype category.
Education center opens
Deputy Chiang Mai Mayor and
staff of the Wat Sri Ping School open the community and education center at
the school on July 30. Education development projects will be developed at
the school and use the school as a base in order to implement the projects
around the community and municipal schools. (Photos courtesy of Chiang Mai