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ITCA Colloquium

“Astronomy for STEM Education”

Date: 7 – 11 August 2017

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

Participants: 100 Science Teachers / Educators worldwide

 

        The International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO or ITCA, hosted by the National Astronomical Research of Thailand (NARIT) is proud to offer the first of its kind colloquium: “Astronomy for STEM Education” – the one that truly reflects the needs for the right mechanism in developing the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education worldwide, especially those in less privileged areas of the world. 

        ITCA’s “Astronomy for STEM Education” realises that Astronomy is one of the most effective catalysts that inspires young children to look upon the skies and marvel at the bounty of this celestial sphere has on offer. At the very young age, especially during their primary and secondary schools, children are more easily exposed to science and technology than other later stages in life and that is when their innovative mindsets and scientific capacities should be incubated.  Astronomy does just that as an impetus to pave the way for the children to pursue their careers not only in the field of astronomy but also in other related sciences from engineering to biology or even space technology, adding more manpower into STEM workforce in the future. 

        Given the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, the impact Astronomy and STEM Education can contribute to the goals is enormous, form creating opportunities for men and women to have fair access to education, to better improvement of innovation and infrastructure with the use of cleaner technology, and even creating better jobs and decent economic growth of one’s nation through improved STEM Education and STEM Workforce. There is no denial that science and technology are the key differentiators between countries with their capabilities to tackle poverty. In doing so, the empowered STEM Education and STEM Workforce can be unarguably attributed to the achievement of most of the UN SDGs. 

        Cognizant that STEM Education and STEM Workforce are the main drivers to the development of each country’s competitiveness in the world arena, science teachers and science educators are the key components that contribute greatly to such development. Therefore, ITCA’s “Astronomy for STEM Education” colloquium is poised to be a stage for astronomy and science teachers/educators to voice their views on STEM Education especially best practices in different countries from different regions of the world. The colloquium shall revolve around invited talks from world renowned astronomers, scientists and educators. Trends and latest updates of STEM Education and STEM Workforce shall be reported and discussed thoroughly during your stay in Bangkok and a province nearby.  A 2-day workshop is dedicated to the best practices of the use of Astronomy as an effective tool for STEM Education. This is where teachers can put their knowledge and experience in place and share their best practices with others. 

        ITCA’s “Astronomy for STEM Education” colloquium is, therefore, set to be flagship platform for all those who thrive for the better knowledge-based society where science, technology and innovation plays a vital role, especially those in the fields of STEM Education and STEM Workforce. If you are one of them, please join us!

 

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