On this occasion, Mongkolnimit Auacherdkul (5th from left), director and public and government affairs manager of Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited, presented a 200,000-baht fund to Dr.Prachakom Chantarachit (5th from right), deputy secretary-general of the Vocational Education Commission, to support the “2017 Science Projects Contest by Science Society-Vocational Education-Esso” with an aim to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among vocational students.
Mongkolnimit mentioned “Esso strives to continuously drive STEM Education in Thailand. This Contest is where vocational students can put their knowledge into practice which may result in new findings or innovative products for the society.”
The contest had been held nationwide at various levels ranging from institutional, provincial, regional and national rounds. This year, up to 452 teams of vocational students have submitted their projects that apply science to find solutions for problems in their communities. The national winning team at high vocational level is from Luang Pratanrajnikorn Industrial and Community Education College in Songkla, on the project of making instant noodles from Chlorella and food-grade seasoning packet from tapioca starch. Another national winning team at vocational level is from Surat Thani Vocational Education College on the project of making clay from durian and mangosteen shells for composing miniature Thai traditional boats as the village’s souvenir.
Esso has supported this program for more than 26 years. Some of the innovations have been developed into commercial scale and some have been recognized with awards at international contests.
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