Under the influence of the "Belt & Road" initiative, the exchanges between China and Southeast Asian countries are increasingly closed. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the signing of the inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in science and technology between China and Thailand. Looking into the future, China-Thailand scientific and technological cooperation enjoys great advantages, great potential and broad prospects.
Entrusted by the Royal Thai Embassy at Beijing, Beijing International Exchange Association of China hosted the "Science Classroom Development Meeting and Visiting Program" in Beijing from April 8th to 11th, 2019. The program, led by Ms. Pasupha Chinvarasopak, Minister Counselor (Science and Technology) of Royal Thai Embassy, and composed of representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand and universities, aims to share and strengthen the theoretical and practical experiences of STEM education and implement the people-to-people exchange under the "Belt & Road" cooperation.
On April 8th, Thai representatives arrived at the National Institute of Education Sciences. As an innovative school in the digital era, National Institute of Education Sciences promotes the comprehensive reform of learning space, curriculum system, learning modal, educational informatization and school organization through the in-depth practice of "Internet +" education. Following the China Future School lab has proposed three practical programs, namely "Future Learning Center", "STEAM Innovation Center" and "Art Creativity Center", which represent the highest level of education informatization in China. Representatives discussed and communicated with teachers on three aspects of STEM Development in China, Information Technology to Education, and Introducing about China Future School Lab. During the meeting, the two sides reached a further cooperation intention to deep understanding and cooperation on the exploration of innovative education.
(Fuyun Luo, Deputy Director of China Future School Lab, National Institute of Education Sciences)
(Pasit LORTERAPONG, Science and Technology Counselor, Ministry of Science and Technology)
(Ground Visiting of China Future School Lab, National Institute of Education Sciences)
In the afternoon, the representatives visited the Beijing No. 57 Middle School and had a discussion with principal, Mrs. Xiaochang Liu and other STEAM teachers. Beijing No. 57 Middle School is a high school with a history of 60 years and equipped with first-class physical and chemical laboratories and professional classrooms: the most advanced campus observatory and celestial hall in China, 3D innovation laboratory, simulation flight room and robot laboratory. All laboratories and professional classrooms provide strong supports for school education and teaching, become the experimental operation base and interest activity place for teachers and students, which become the early development and cultivation base of students' innovation ability. In May 2012, the No. 57 and the civil aviation administration of China Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) set up cooperation in grading "early pilot training high school classes," which is the only one in Beijing for training pilot experimental classes. Until now, 20 students have been guaranteed the flying licenses, becoming the youngest pilots in the country. After the meeting, the representatives of Thailand and the Beijing No. 57 Middle School reached a preliminary agreement to organize the students from the SCiUS program of Thailand to exchange and study in the Beijing No. 57 Middle School.
(School Visiting at Beijing No. 57 High School)
(School Visiting at High school affiliated to BIT)
In the following days, the representatives visited High school affiliated to BIT and Capital Normal University, exchanged views on talent education and training modal, and STEAM education experiences. At the same time, they also visited Beijing Science Center, China Science & Technology Museum and other comprehensive science and technology museums to learn their successful experience in science popularization. Furthermore, representatives of the Thai side also paid the visit on Growlib, a domestic high-tech enterprise specializing in the application of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) in K12 education.
(Experiences of VR lessons in Growlib)
This project aims to promote STEAM education innovation and management cooperation between China and Thailand by conducting activities such as lectures, thematic case analysis, visit and discussion, presenting and introducing the development experience of STEAM education in China from multiple perspectives. The Program achieved its purposes and will taking this as an opportunity to further strengthen the scientific and technological cooperation between China and Thailand.