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20 August 2018, QSNCC:- Ministry of Science and Technology by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) has organized an international conference "The 15th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness 2018: APCG2018" with the objective to increase public awareness, generate enthusiasm among stakeholders in the government, academia, and private/non-government sector, which hopefully will lead to the development of future knowledge in this field as well as suitable policy and strategy for the education of gifted and talented students. It will bring leaders in gifted education from around the globe to share their knowledge, expertise, and practices.

 

 

Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, Vice Minister for Science and Technology in the opening ceremony said the Thai government recognizes education as a key pillar to driving the future of the Thai economy and thus, has allocated approximately 20 percent of the annual budget towards education. And to strengthen young bright minds, this year the Ministry of Science and Technology has obtained an extra budget of 30 million US dollars to promote STEM education.  We have organized Science fairs in different parts of Thailand.  Two hundred thousand embedded artificial intelligence system boards for learning programing are being distributed to over 1,000 schools.  Fabrication labs are being installed in 150 schools with the collaboration from 10 network universities who would provide mentorship.  And a science competition which would lead to the Prime Minister award is also underway.

 


Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President of NSTDA said APCG2018 is organized into two main components, which are the Conference which is held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center during 20-23 August 2018 and the Youth Camp which is held at the Sirindhorn Science Home and Thailand Science Park Convention Center, Pathum Thani during 20-24 August 2018. The conference has brought together leading academic researchers, teachers, educators, and policy makers in the domain of gifted education in the Asia-Pacific region.  It was organized with  the  main theme “Inspiration, Motivation, and Creativity: Leading the Way to Giftedness”, and  8 sub-themes which are:  1) Policy and Management for Gifted Education 2) Identification, Assessment and Evaluation of Giftedness 3) Curriculum Development for Gifted Education & Teacher Training 4) Programming for Various Groups of Gifted Children 5) Neuroscience, Psychology and Counseling for the Giftedness 6) Technology for Gifted Education 7) Gifted Education Trend in the 21st Century  and 8) Parenting and Families of Gifted Students.


19 professionals from 9 economies have been invited to be keynote, plenary, and invited speakers, and to organize the symposiums, and workshops. 107 abstracts are accepted for oral and poster presentation. In addition, the parent workshop, conducted in Thai, will be organized in parallel to the conference sessions.  All together, more than 500 participants from 27 economies have registered to the Conference. The other component of APCG2018 which is of equal importance to the Conference is the Youth Camp, held at the Sirindhorn Science Home, aims to team-up gifted and talented children from different interests from Grade 5 to Grade 12 in various camp activities.  255 gifted and talented students from 13 economies will join the APCG2018 Youth Camp in 4 and a half day of activities conducted by the professionals in various fields.  The camp are designed to encourage the children to express their curiosity and creativity through a range of interdisciplinary activities, covering mathematics, science, language, art, and dance.  They will be motivated to present and share their talents, while fostering friendship and cross-cultural communication.

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8 June 2018 Thammasat Convention, Thammasat University, Rangsit: The minister of science and technology presided the inauguration of Coding at School project. This project aims to develop innovator skills of Thai children and youth. He also visited the exhibition displaying creative works of students from different schools through embedded system board KidBright as well as equipment examples from Fabrication Lab project in order to enhance skills on innovation of Thai children and youth towards Makers Nation according to Thailand 4.0 policy. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, director of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the executives of NSTDA were there to welcome him.   

Dr. Suvit Maesincee, minister of science and technology, stated that the ministry pursues the government policy to stress importance in conducting economic structure reform driving to “Thailand 4.0” that puts emphasis on value-based economy and innovation-driven economy. Preparing manpower to 21st century driving to Thailand 4.0 will reduce social inequality and increase Thailand’s competitiveness. In the same time, the government encourages Thais to think scientifically or foster scientific culture using science, technology and innovation (STI). An indispensable factor to build this mechanism is provided in human resource development that needs support and cooperation from public and private sectors as well as educational and family institutions. The objective is to provide Thai youth with skills, knowledge and competence and the capacity to keep up with the current world, especially the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills with a view to meet the market’s and the investors’ needs, and pursue economic development of the country with STI in fast-growing digital society.

 

To make human resource development successful, Ministry of science and technology therefore conducts a project to support and build economic strength in the country or Big Rock Project. This ambitious project will bring advantage to the society following “science makes human” idea. The ministry also appoints National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) the responsibility of those projects including Coding at School Powered by KidBright project and Fabrication laboratory project to develop innovation skills for Thai youth following the policy of the Prime Minister, H.E. Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha which support education and learning by undertaking substantial reform on education as follows: 1/ emphasizing on the importance of formal education and alternative education, 2/ providing support of learning and self-development to Thai youth in relation to their potential, 3/ developing and promoting the utilization of science, technology, research and development and innovation, 4/ developing individual to entrepreneurship in technology by promoting innovation on design and engineer. The policy follows Thailand-20-year national strategy that establishes the objective to develop and promote individual potential with the emphasis on the development of analytic and creative thinking, working skills and preparation for professional life. This will impact on the country’s economy and society, and as a result, drive Thailand 4.0 to become science society and build sustainable economic stability and prosperity.

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, director of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) stated that NSTDA aims to develop skills on innovation for Thai youth under “science makes human” policy of the Ministry of Science and Technology in order to lay the foundation and foster analytic thinking process of new generation young people, ensure equity and reduce disparity of the education by making knowledge accessible for all especially in rural and disadvantage schools. The solid foundation of technology and innovation will bring about the development of the country in line with Thailand 4.0 policy. This comprises of the following projects.

          1. Programming instruction media in school or “Coding at School” project with embedded AI board KidBright is under responsibility of National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). The goals of the project are to develop human capital capacity in computer program writing in schools, to increase Thai young people capacity towards regional and global excellence, to transmit knowledge of technology application in computer program writing to students from junior high schools especially those from rural and disadvantage schools, and to improve educational personnel expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Researchers from NECTEC and NSTDA has developed programming learning support board or KidBright, an embedded AI board that works with instruction set. The students can build instruction set with easy-to-use KidBright by simply drag and drop. With this method, the students rather concentrate on thinking process than program mistyping. The program therefore is an appropriate assistance tool for learning in junior high schools. NECTEC-NSTDA will build 200,000 KidBright boards and distribute them to 1,000 public schools throughout the country. This provide them the opportunity to learn and enhance skills also by organizing train-the-trainers program. Five hundred leaders will be trained to then expand the learning outcome to 1,000 schools as well as to organize a project contest promoting creativity in applying KidBright. The project expects at least 3,000 scientific projects from all regions of the country.

          2. Engineering prototype contest or Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) project in schools works towards the goal of enhancing skills on innovation to Thai youth in order to develop learning infrastructure about STEM in educational establishments including high schools, technology colleges and regional science squares. The project provides them with engineering infrastructure, digital and scientific measurement tools together with activities on creativity, engineering skills for students and teachers. They can then implement scientific, mathematic, technological knowledge learnt in class together with additional knowledge to design, test and invent. Students will be inspired and interested in engineering career in the future. Sirindhorn Science Home of NSTDA hosting the center for training teachers and students with the collaboration from 10 network universities facilitate in finding Fab Lab engineers and organizing activities for teachers and students at 150 schools and regions science squares with the goal to expand the project to all establishments in the country.

          These two projects are going to increase potential capacity in computer programming, creative analysis, and innovation ability. Students who participate in the projects can take advantage of their free time. As a result, this will increase the capacity of human resources in the country to attain regional and international excellence sustainably (science makes human). Moreover, the projects will increase equity and reduce education inequality by spreading knowledge, and make it accessible to high schools students in rural and disadvantage schools in line with “no one is left behind” idea. The projects will also develop expertise of trainers through STEM Education concretely. In addition, the support in applying extensively instruction media from Thai research will strengthen electronic board manufacture and supply chain in industrial sector of the country steadily and sustainably (science strengthens).

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