The May 29-30 workshop at the Pattaya Sports Center on Thepprasit Soi 7 featured four speakers from the Radio-Controlled Airplane Modeler Sport Association. Lessons covered physics, airplane models, infrastructure and tools.
Students are having a great time trying to fly their self-designed and built radio controlled models.
On the second day, the kids tried their hands at building small planes and attempted to put them in the air under director of association advisory board President Dumrongyuth Nanthapramod.
The 59 junior high students who participated were chosen from all 11 Pattaya public schools.
“I had an amazing time in this training, I learned a lot about airplanes and science. More than that, I got to try controlling airplanes and want to encourage youths who haven’t chosen a sport yet to try this because, apart from learning science, this focuses your attention and is a very challenging sport as you need to use senses and command your body to control the airplane as you want,” said Kritnapong Munkhongdee, a Mathayom 2 student from Pattaya School No. 11.
Surapan Suwansak, a School No. 2 teacher, said the training was not only fun for students but taught them about science, inventing and electronics. It also honed their attention span and showed them the importance of cooperation.
“The beauty of this sport is that children can invent their own airplanes and tools, learn to economize, as the tools required are cheap, and easy to find,” Dumrongyuth said. “I am very happy that the children were genuinely interested and enthusiastic to learn because this sport is not very popular in Thailand.”