26 Schools Launch “Dow Chemistry Class”

Students in Thailand are being exposed to big ideas using small-scale experiments through the “Dow Chemistry Class” program.

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Working with the Chemical Society of Thailand and the country’s education service areas, Dow has helped develop and deliver a program that allows students to do experiments and observations using quantities of chemicals that are safe and can be acquired by virtually any school. The program began in 2013 with 21 schools in Rayong province and was expanded this year to 26 schools in Chonburi and Chachoengsao provinces. Since its launch, “Dow Chemistry Class” has been introduced to more than 1,600 students.

“We foresee that the small-scale chemistry laboratory technique can be expanded and sustained through proper training and competence of science teachers who are committed in enhancing Thailand’s science education,” said Poranee Kongamornpinyo, Public Affairs manager of Dow Thailand.

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In addition to providing training to teachers, a key component of the program is measuring the success of experiments and adjusting the activities to increase their impact. In November, participating schools are conducting a chemistry laboratory contest.

“Now we get to see the performance of the trained teachers in 26 schools and observe students’ participation in the classroom, which can help us evaluate the effectiveness of the small-scale chemistry laboratory technique later on,” said Associate Professor Dr. Supawan Tantayanon, director of the program and immediate past president of the Chemical Society of Thailand.

For a video showing the program in action, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI-8GJKRtLE