QASMT Physics teacher, Dr Kirsten Hogg, is on a two week teacher exchange at Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS) in Thailand. Dr Hogg will spend two weeks at KVIS collaborating with the Physics department. KVIS is a new school in Thailand and based on the exchange with Dr Adis Khetubol to QASMT in 2017, Dr Hogg was invited to KVIS to share her extensive Physics pedagogical and curriculum knowledge. This week Dr Hogg taught the Year 10 KVIS students about tensile strength and maximum load using lolly snakes.
The Japan Super Science Fair at Ritsumeikan High School in Japan was a wonderful event. Young scientists from all over the globe met together to collaborate, cement friendships, take part in exciting workshops and present their work to one another.
As well as wonderful Science Zone workshops, students presented their work to each other through the Presentations and Poster displays. They also enjoyed a rich cultural experience, trying kimonos, calligraphy and a variety of traditional Japanese games.
The students loved their experience, with students from all over the world giving sharing their thoughts at the end of the event. “The Japan Super Science Fair has been life-changing for me. I have made new friends that I know I will keep for life, and learned such a lot. Thank you Ritsumeikan for an incredible stay in Japan!” said Asia King, from the UK.
Some of the research that was presented at the event can be seen here.
National Junior College, Singapore have been involved in a series of successful collaborations and exchanges this year. Find out more about what they have been doing by visiting their page here.
Students and staff from KSA of KAIST visit Kamnoetvidya Science Academy on an annual exchange program
Dr. Hyunwoo Jung and Ms. Hyemi Yoon led a group of eight students from KSA of KAIST to visit Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS) from 30 July – 6 August 2017 at the Wangchan Valley in Rayong, Thailand. The team had an opportunity to explore KVIS teaching and learning activities by observing classes with their KVIS buddies. They also got opportunities to join extracurricular programs, namely, learning Thai language, dressing in Thai costumes, and practicing Thai boxing (Muay Thai).
The Korean visiting team joined several scientific excursions at PTT’s knowledge centers. The excursions focused on learning about the research and business development at PTT group of companies, the principal supporter of KVIS. The teachers and students visited PTTGC Science and Innovation Center, PTT Oil Business Academy, Amazon Inspiring Center, Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) and the PTT Forest Project. From these visits, the visitors witnessed new perspectives in research and innovation on science, technology, and business being done by the PTT group.
Apart from the academic activities, the team visited various sites of cultural and historical interest, such as the Floating Market, Khao Laem Ya–Mu at Ko Samet National Park, Nong Nooch Garden, and the former capital Ayudhya.
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy are gearing up for an amazing ISSF in 2018.
Take a look at the 2018 ISSF website for the latest news and information.
“Our school, Kamnoetvidya Science Academy School (KVIS), is located in the Rayong province of Thailand. KVIS was established in 2013 and began the first academic year in 2015. In this upcoming semester (May 2017), we will have our first Year 12 students and a total of 216 students. KVIS is a full boarding school providing education with special emphasis on mathematics, science and technology. KVIS is currently teaching three subjects: physics, chemistry and biology entirely in English. All other subjects except Thai Language classes mainly use English. In the three years of the program, the students must attend English intensive courses and pass a standard test in the final year as one of the requirements for the graduation. In a few years, we are hoping to become a science school with all subjects taught in English (again except Thai Language classes). We also have a school wide focus in developing the students’ research skills. As one requirement, all the students must complete at least one scientific project either in a group or individually before the end of the third year.
I began my career as a physics teacher at KVIS in January 2016. After years studying and living in Europe where I attained a M.Sc. (physics, Sweden) and a D.Sc. (chemistry, Belgium) I returned to my home country. I did not expect at first to become a teacher as my past experience was in specialized research.
KVIS is a new school and most of the academic staff do not have extensive experience in teaching. In addition, we attempt to optimize our curriculum to fit a regular Thai curriculum and at the same time to be competitive with high-standard international programs. Therefore, we have sent our staff and students all over the world to the USA, Netherlands, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, to learn from other science schools and to establish international collaborations. This is the reason I was sent to QASMT- one of the most successful science schools in Australia.
It is my first experience in Australia and to work in an international environment. It is a friendlier and a warmer atmosphere compared to my past experiences in the European countries. I was introduced to the IB-programme which has very interesting characteristics, “Growing from the standard to advance”, and, “High conceptual strength”. Thanks to a very kind welcome and support from the physics team, Kirsten Hogg, Paul Hunter and Helen Bebbington, I have opportunities to attend many classes at different year levels and participate in all important academic activities with the students including lectures, demonstrations, laboratory experiments, exams and even teaching in the class by myself. These are not only very useful experiences, but it is also gives me a great direction and motivation to improve my teaching as well as strengthening my confidence to continue in this career.
Besides the academic part, I also had wonderful experiences during the holiday period in Brisbane. Nice food, nice scenery as well as very cute koalas and kangaroos. Great memories that I will be able to share with others in Thailand, including my students. I also really appreciate Kirsten and her lovely family for the very nice Anzac day trip to Nudgee beach, Mount Coot-tha and Paddington for a tasty lunch.”
Dr. Adis Khetubol
In February, five students from Camborne Science and International Academy took part in a fantastic academic exchange to National Junior College Singapore. The students worked on projects with NJC students that they had all begun work on in the UK in November. One group worked on the biodiversity of the Singapore butterfly population and how the grounds of NJC can be used to support biodiversity. The other group used a TimPix Radiation detector to look at the background radiation in the UK and Singapore. They used the detector to map the background radiation across NJC.
The students and staff also took part in a wonderful array of cultural experiences, including, on their last night in Singapore, visiting the ‘SuperTrees’ at the beautiful Marina Bay.
It’s been a busy morning for the students from CSIA, Mrs. Dower and Dr. Foster who are accompanying them on the exchange visit. After an early start, we gathered in the National Junior College Atrium for assembly. Two thousand students and staff from NJC were gathered below in Parade Square. The students stood to sing the National Anthem and the NJC School song as the Singapore and school flags were raised.
We were then ushered to the podium, and introduced to the school. Kathryn gave a very eloquent short speech about how much we valued the hospitality of the school, thanking the host families and looking forward to working on the collaboration with the NJC students.
We than had a tour of this wonderful school given by Fei Ding, one of the student leaders who is participating in the NJC collaboration. The picture above shows the students with their buddies from NJC in the NJC Library.
The students are now hard at work in the Sigma Research lab, continuing the collaborative projects on moths and butterflies and background radiation.
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