Patcharin Jongjai 2019/08/26 , ( 190 views)
Technological skills have become essential toward peoples’ basic knowledge to live an easier and more comfortable life during the 21st century. These skills can be applied to peoples’ daily lives through their careers, businesses, and education. UBU recognizes the importance of technology and how it can help students achieve success in their academic studies. With this, UBU has a strong will to uphold the government policy for the Thailand 4.0 model.
Therefore, the Faculty of Science at UBU organized a workshop on promoting technological skills for high school students at Benchama Maharat School, Ubon Ratchathani Province. The workshop was held on 26 August 2019 atBenchama Maharat School. There were 600 grade-8 students who attended the workshop. They can improve their multi intelligence skills in which students can apply them to their daily lives especially during the Thailand 4.0 period. Asst. Prof. Dr. Nadh Ditcharoen, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Science together with Dr. Sompong Valuvanathorn, lecturer at the Faculty of Science and 3 graduate students were keynote speakers during the workshop.
Though the focus of the workshop was on technological skills, the workshop also provided students with important life skills via a big group activity and special lectures. The first lecture titled “Life Skill Development Using Participatory Approach” was given by Mr. Chatree Tangmitpracha, Manager of Home Hub Company Ltd.The second lecture titled “Life Skills and Future Challenge/The Window of Goodness under Thailand 4.0” was delivered by Dr. Piansak Saewong, MD (Pediatrician) at Sunpasithiprasong Hospital.
Moreover, during the technological session, the students were exposed to Augmented Reality or AR 3D. While learning about AR 3D, students also got to play English vocabulary games and learn more about the periodic table identifying element names, endangered insect species, virtual reality or VR, innovation in 5G communication technology, and the internet of things or IoT. The IoT, for example, can be used to produce tools that promote the quality of life such as tracking devices for kids, elderly people, pets, cars and properties, water level notification devices, smart water meters, smart electricity meters, smart farming, termite detection devices, safety helmets with a heart rate monitor, automatic parking reservation, and cattle estrus checking devices.
Asst.Prof.Dr.Nadh Ditcharoen stated that the organization of this workshop is part of the faculty’s missions which aim to strengthen academic proficiency of UBU’s partner schools located around the campus. UBU continuously organizes academic projects to create knowledge and innovations that promote the quality of peoples’ lives in the communities especially in the Northeast of Thailand and the Mekong regions. Moreover, the faculty aims to provide academic service activities where people in the communities can be involved.
UBU thanks the Grade-8 students, the parent network, and Benchama Maharat School for seeing the importance of technology and allowing UBU to organize the activity at the school. This newfound knowledge can help students find their own personal interest and passion in the field of technology and beyond. They can further apply the gained knowledge to set up their individual study plan that will set them up for success and happiness on their chosen path.
Written by: Jarinda Boonjan
Original (Thai) version by: Tippawan Valuvanathorn
English revised by: Thaviny Shaipitisiri
Photos by: Tippawan Valuvanathorn