In 2009, Her Royal Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn had observed a project called Little Scientist House in Germany, and had given her advice to the NSM executive board to initiate a pioneer project likewise in Thailand. The NSM executive board, then requested a permission from Haus der kleinen Forscher Foundation to conduct a trial project of Little Scientist House in Thailand.
In addition, The origin of the project in Thailand came from an evaluation of PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). PISA found that level of knowledge and skills on science of Thai students has been under average effected to insufficient numbers of scientist and engineers to drive country development. There was a research also confirmed that cultivating positive attitude in scientific learning skills and scientific process to children since primary level (age 3-6 years old) will help to increase learning capability and recognizing. The Little House Scientist Project, therefore, has been received high response and support from both public and private organizations in Thailand due to paving and increasing scientific learning and teaching in primary students.
The project is currently divided into 3 parts as follows:
Part 1: Schooling
1. Training of kindergarten teachers how to teach science properly and playful to the age of kindergarten level 1. The training program is categorized according to the Local Network or LN. Each LN will host 30-150 schools to join in the workshops. Each LN also selects 2-4 teachers to be trained as Local Trainers or LT to receive teaching techniques, teaching media and teaching handbooks of the program.
2. Local Trainers or LT transfer their teaching techniques to kindergarten teachers in schools.
3. Kindergarten teachers then conduct their science teaching weekly to students.
4. Kindergarten students are expected to get experience in scientific experiments and activities organized in their classrooms in every week.
The training program for teacher has stipulated some conditions to participate and channels of contact at………………………………………
2. Quality teaching handbooks with equipments in a “Little Scientist Box”
“Little Scientist Box” is a media of scientific teaching and learning using in each semester. It is divided into:
a. weekly activity sheet for scientific experiments to be used in classroom,
b. teacher handbooks to introduce easy teaching techniques of scientific principles and theories,
c. a log book of little Scientist House to record activities learned in school.
3. Scientist or Engineer Mentors
The participant schools will have close advices and contributions from scientist or engineer mentors in conducting various activities, for example, meeting with students at school, study tour at science lab, advices on teaching tips, etc.
4. Website for teachers and students
Website of the project is available at www.littlescientisthouse.com. This resource will
o conclude resources related to teaching, worksheets, activity sheets in Little Scientist House Project.
o be an interactive media to respond questions and answers to visitors by a project teamwork. Teachers visiting the website will also have a chance to give their sharing opinions to other schools.
5. The schools participating in the Little Scientist House have a special opportunity in arranging a study tour to visit National Science Museum (NSM), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (OPST), and can learn more advanced science informally with interactive and approach.
6. The participating schools passing an evaluation will receive a Royal Little Scientist House Thailand Hallmark to announce their prestige.
Part 2: Family
1. Parents have their roles in cultivating a scientific knowledge base to their children through an easy approach of learning from a book entitled “Little Scientist House” written by Joachim Hecker.
1. Parents may conduct an experiment using easy preparation and equipment.
2. Children will get both scientific knowledge and fun through a bedtime story telling by parents.
The Little Scientist House Festival to be held in the National Science Fair open opportunity parents, teachers and students join in with free admission. This stage will be:
- A stage where children may join and perform their scientific capability.
- A stage promote primary students to join the contest from provincial level to national level.
- Teachers and students can join in various challenged experiments.
- Many various fun and playful science games are offered in the fair.
2. Parents are able to get more details at www.littlescientisthouse.com. This resource concludes opinions which parents and teachers can apply to set up activities for children. The website gives an interactive service to respond questions and answers related to teaching and experiment by a project teamwork. Parents may also share their opinions in this area.
Part 3: Massmedia
Parents and children will have an opportunity to watch a TV program of Little Scientist House broadcasting on a TV channel, TPBS on every Sunday during 6.35 a.m.-6.45 a.m. The first episode was shown on July 3, 2011, and based on the Little Scientist House book written by Joachim Hecker. Audience are able to watch the show at Youtube : Most Science Channel
The program has been managed by Her Royal Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation
Address: 20th Princess Maha Chakri Siridorn Anthropology Center (Public Organization) Boromaratchachonnani Rd., Taling Chan District, 10170
and Nanmee Book Ltd., Soi Sukumwit 31 (Sawatdee), North Klongtoe, Watana District, Bangkok 10110.
Secretary of the project is Khun Kim Junstitwatana, Tel: 08-9841-5308
For more details, please contact:
Office of Little Scientist House Project
Tel: 0 2662 3000 ext 1956