Pornpun Waitayangkoon, President of the Institution for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), said in this technological world, knowledge in science and mathematics is fundamental to the country’s development.
She said although the Institution has been granting science and research scholarships, the number of Thai scientists remains low. She expected that by 2017, there will be 15 scientists per 10,000 populations. Now there are only 6.7 scientists per 10,000 people in Thailand.
The seminar, activities, and exhibitions are parts of the event, which is held at BITEC in Bangkok during May 2-4 to encourage children to think and learn from nature. Ms Pornpun indicated that science is linked to nature. She explained that curiosity is the learning fundamental; adding that children should collect data, think, and analyze with reasons and connect the reasons with the surrounding environment.