“Transforming Science, Mathematics and Technology Education for 21st Century”

General Press Releases Thursday January 17, 2013 15:54
Bangkok--17 Jan--Four Hundred

“Transforming Science, Mathematics and Technology Education for 21st Century”21st CSMT and ISMTEC 2013 Attract Teachers from across the country to Exchange the Experience and Witness the Academic Work from Five Continents

The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) is hosting the annual Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology in School alongside ISMTEC 2013 under the title of “Transforming Science, Mathematics and Technology Education” from January 17 to 20, 2013, at BITEC Bangna, with Mr. Sermsak Pongpanich, Deputy Minister of Education, presiding over the opening ceremony. The event will open the new dimension in science, mathematics and technology education for the 21st century and prepare Thailand for ASEAN Community. It will also improve the quality of Thai teachers and encourage them to apply ICT in their instruction and evaluation.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Montri Chulavatnatol, Chairman of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), referred to the key mission of IPST – to improve the quality of math, science and technology education and teachers. The institute, joining forces with higher education institutes and other agencies, has organized the Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology (CSMT) in School since 1990. It works as a platform for teachers or educators to share experiences and exchange ideas about their teaching, research findings and innovation.

In 2013, several agencies stay alert as Thailand is stepping toward joining the ASEAN Community in 2015. IPST, in collaboration with SMTAT, is hosting the 21st Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology in School (21st CSMT) under the topic of “Transforming Science, Mathematics and Technology Education”, with the first international touch. This aims to encourage teachers to share their experiences and ideas about how to effectively improve science, mathematics and technology education among pre-school to grade-12 children. It will also improve the quality of teachers and encourage the creative ICT application in teaching. Teachers can evaluate the students and their learning skills. The teachers must be able to conduct the research in the classroom and use that outcome to enhance their teaching skills and spread the knowledge among peers in the region.

“I believe that the exchange of experience among fellow educators in this conference will inspire all participants and enhance their knowledge as well as reminding us all of the ultimate goal in our profession, that is to prepare the children for the future, in work and personal life, by helping them use the knowledge and skills of science, mathematics and technology in new dimensions to create the better tomorrow,” IPST Chairman stressed.

Dr. Pornpun Waitayangkoon, the President of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), said, “In this event, highly qualified guest speakers who are nationally and globally recognized for their work will offer several special lectures, research presentations and workshops, such as seminar to enhance the STEM collaboration in ASEAN, the science, mathematics and technology education for the next century, and how to stimulate the brain for better child development. Many more interesting workshops includes species detective, simulating test to solve the problems of physics learning, teaching children in primary schools science and mathematics through the music, and how to use the tablets as a part of learning process.

Throughout these years, the conference has encouraged the participation of teachers or educators. It will broadcast many major academic activities live on the internet this year to maximize access by teachers and interested public. In some programs, participants from abroad will give presentation via VDO conference.

Mrs. Duangsamorn Klongsara, President of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Teachers Association of Thailand (SMTAT), revealed that this conference offers teachers and students opportunities not only to present their academic work, research and innovation, but also to exchange ideas with peers from other countries, leading to further network, collaboration and career development in the future. Furthermore, benchmarking with best practices from other countries will prompt Thai teachers to be aware of the international standard in this issue.

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