NSTDA, in collaboration with the Office of The Royal Development Projects Board, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, hosted a study visit of teachers from the Orphanage Culture School (Km 67) of Vientiane, Lao

PDR from 4-8 February 2019. The study visit is part of the initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to provide assistance on science education to the school since 2016.

During the study visit, NSTDA shared its experience in implementing a number of programs and activities to promote science learning in Thailand.  These include a one-day camp at Sirindhron Science Home designed to inspire creativity and curiosity among young children; a plant biotechnology laboratory located at Sirindhorn Science Home where children and teachers can perform science experiments and carry out science projects; scientific workshops taught by NSTDA researchers; and a tour to Nano-Cosmeceuticals Laboratory of NANOTEC-NSTDA.

In addition, the teachers also visited one of Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools located in Pathum Thani Province and the Royally-Initiated Laem Phak Bia Environmental Research and Development Project in Phetchaburi Province. Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools focus on developing the talents of students in grades 7-12 in science, mathematics, technology, and environment. The Laem Phak Bia Environmental R&D Project aims to develop solutions to wastewater treatment and waste management, as well as restoring the mangrove forest. The project currently serves as a model for environmental improvement and conservation.