Overview

Chevron’s Enjoy Science Project is a US $30 million, 5-year, public private partnership to strengthen Thailand’s competitiveness and innovation by improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) across the country. It will accomplish this through the development of STEM teachers and the roll out of STEM and Technical Vocational Education Hubs nation-wide, in order to build 21st century workforce skills for people in STEM-related industries such as automotive, energy, and agriculture. Partnering with a range of partners in civil society, academia, the private sector, and the government, Enjoy Science will directly benefit over 500,000 students, teachers, principals, government education officials, community members, and workers, providing increased career opportunities and higher wages. STEM and TVET in support of workforce development are significant to the country’s development, especially because of Thailand’s participation in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

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  • What is STEM Education?

    STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but STEM education is more than just those individual disciplines. STEM education is a comprehensive, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach that integrates the four STEM disciplines into a cohesive learning platform based on real-life applications. STEM education focuses not only on educating students, but also on transforming that knowledge into applicable, real-world skills. 

  • Why is STEM important for Thailand?

    STEM education is particularly important for Thailand, especially as the country enters the newly formed ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While STEM-related fields throughout the country are projected to see a large increase in the number of skilled workers required over the coming decades, there is currently a growing shortage of such skilled workers. These new STEM-related jobs will be higher-paying and have better prospects for long-term career growth. improving STEM education is critical to increasing the number of students interested in STEM-related subjects who can then become skilled and innovative contributors to Thailand’s economy. 

  • What is inquiry-Based Learning?

    inquiry-based learning educates students by challenging them with questions, problems,
or scenarios, rather than just presenting established facts. Such learning requires students
to develop their research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, instead of simply memorizing answers to pre-established questions. inquiry-based learning has been proven as a highly effective teaching method, especially for STEM-related subjects, helping students mature into life-long learners who pursue their curiosities. Through projects such as Chevron iNCREASE, Kenan institute Asia and Chevron have been instrumental in implementing effective and innovative inquiry-based learning concepts throughout Thailand, benefiting thousands of students. 

  • What is TVET?

    TVET stands for Technical and Vocational Education and Training and it is comprised of formal, non-formal, and informal leaning that focuses on providing students with immediately applicable, industry-related knowledge and skills. TVET benefits greatly from private sector involvement, allowing students to participate in highly-relevant internships and mentorships, and preparing them for improved job opportunities. 

  • Why is TVET important for Thailand?

    TVET is an essential and powerful education method that prepares current students for innovation-driven careers and works to upgrade Thailand’s current workforce skills. TVET benefits students, as well as individuals with limited formal education who are seeking
to improve their job opportunities by enhancing their technical knowledge and skills. Additionally, TVET helps to lay the foundation for a strong and skilled workforce that will help drive Thailand’s future innovation and growth. 

  • “Over a year ago, I began participating in Chevron’s Enjoy Science’s professional development workshops, and, as a result, I have become a more impactful teacher – a fact that is best demonstrated through my students’ rising test scores and genuine interest in science. At workshops, education experts from Kenan Institute Asia and Teachers College at Columbia University introduced me to the latest pedagogical practices, which enable math and science teachers to enhance classroom learning and spark student curiosity. Today, my classes are very much student led and feature kids conducting hands-on experiments, working together to tackle challenging problems, and asking questions. Furthermore, I am constantly collecting data and evaluating student comprehension to refine and improve my teaching.

    Although I have been implementing these techniques in my classroom for only a short time, the early data looks promising. For example, of my 23 students, 57% now say that they enjoy studying science and 30% received qualifying test scores to attend the provincial school’s science branch, a significant achievement for the extended opportunity school in Udon Thani.

    I believe it is my duty to ensure that science students are developing their knowledge and critical thinking capabilities every time they enter the classroom. Providing students with opportunities to develop hypotheses, design experiments, and articulate their ideas are essential to building critical thinking skills. Students trained using inquisitive learning methods, rather than traditional rote learning, will acquire the skills that ultimately lead to the creation of bold, innovative, and transformative ideas.” 
     
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