January 12, 2017 | Written by: Ronald Gordon
The IBM Thai Teachers TryScience Project
“I’ve realized that my science lessons must be student-centered, rather than teacher-centered,” said Mr. Watchara Dachoponchai, shortly after finishing a master teacher workshop held by Kenan Institute Asia in early November as part of the IBM Thai Teachers TryScience project. A science teacher at Matthayompuranawas School in Bangkok, Mr. Dachoponchai has just completed a two-day workshop that equipped him with four hands-on science lessons and a new understanding of how to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts.
Using IBM Teachers TryScience to help close the STEM skills gap in Thailand
The IBM Thai Teachers TryScience project is a five-month, pilot project that is introducing IBM’s STEM-related, technology-based education resources to the Thai education system. With Thai education ranked 8th among the 10 ASEAN group members by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, the country may be at a significant disadvantage once the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) integrates, allowing for a freer flow of skilled labor within ASEAN.
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