Celebrating 10 years
Little Scientists Thailand celebrated its tenth anniversary this week and our Project Director Sibylle Seidler was honoured to give a keynote speech at the event that saw 3,500 STEM enthusiasts gather for the seminar “10 Years of the Little Scientists House of Thailand, Education for Sustainable Development”.
COVID-19 precautions meant that the event had to be mostly virtual but it was obvious that all groups involved had put great effort into making this event special despite the circumstances. Although Sibylle’s speech was pre-recorded, during the event she was able to have a virtual conversation with Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. “Her Royal Highness was very enthusiastic about our work here in Australia and after my speech she told me that she felt inspired by our work,” said Sibylle. She added that this acknowledgement was very important to her and made her entire team feel proud.
The respect for others’ efforts in early childhood education was what sparked the idea of Little Scientists Thailand in the first place. Originating at Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher, a German not-for-profit organisation, the Little Scientists approach truly has international appeal. Her Royal Highness first encountered our educational concept when visiting the German organisation that was also the model for Little Scientists Australia. Her Royal Highness left Germany convinced that early STEM education would also be hugely beneficial for children in Thailand, especially in conjunction with exploration and discovery, which are key elements of the Little Scientists approach.
We congratulate Little Scientists Thailand for reaching this important milestone and wish the organisation all the best for the future. May we all continue to spread the joy of STEM learning.