ITCA nurtures STEM Education

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7 August, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand

Today, Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Executive Director declared open ITCA Colloquium – Astronomy for STEM Education at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G in Bangkok, Thailand. ITCA or International Training Centre in Astronomy under the auspices of UNESCO is the newly established centre hosted by National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand as the first ever Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO in the field of Astronomy. Other guests of honour included H.E. Satu Sukkari Kleven, Finnish Ambassador to Thailand and Mr. Permsuk Sutchaphiwat, Assistant Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand.

 

The first ever ITCA Colloquium under the theme of “Astronomy for Stem Education”, stretching from 7 to 11 August, 2017, aims to galvanise science educators/teachers across the globe to maximize the capacity of knowledge transfer, and ultimately inspire global youth of the significance of astronomy education towards STEM Education with increasing STEM Workforce through relevant lectures by prominent figures in astronomy and related fields e.g. IAU President, Prof. Sylvia Torres-Peimbert, Kevin Govender from OAD, Dr. Stacey Habergahm from Liverpool John Moores University, just to name a few. A fieldtrip to the Regional Observatory for the Public in Chachoengsao Province and constructive workshop on promoting science education conducted by Prof. Edward Prather, Director of CAE, University of Arizona and Matipon Tangmatitham from Michigan Technological University are also included.

 

 

“At ITCA, we realize 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” remarked Dr. Saran Poshyachinda. 

 

 

He also added that Astronomy is 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.

Stay tuned for more news on ITCA Colloquium – Astronomy for STEM Education as the colloquium continues.