Thai student inventors make a splash at world event
Thai whiz kids made a big impact at the International Exhibition for Young Inventors (IEYI 2017) in Nagoya, Japan, bagging 11 awards.
The young Thai inventors return home with three gold medals, a silver, a bronze, and six special awards. The exhibition, which began on July 25 and concluded on Sunday, attracted 125 entries from 14 nations.
The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) described the performance of the Thai youths at the exhibition as a big success.
“Apart from the many medals, the Thai delegation also achieved the highest score among the participating teams,” Obec secretary-general Karoon Sakulpradit said on Sunday.
He said Obec had selected nine inventions by 16 primary and secondary students for participation in the IEYI 2017.
The most outstanding invention is “alternative construction material made of used coffee grounds, blood cockle shells and rubber” by Chatpong Chotewatcharin, a Mathayom-5 student of the Princess Chulabhorn Science School Phetchaburi. Not only did this invention win a gold medal but was also chosen for a special award from hosts Japan.
The other two gold-medal winning Thai inventions were: a thorn remover by two Mathayom-2 students from the Benjamarachuthit Ratchaburi School, and an eco-friendly pot by two Mathayom-4 students from the Chiang Rai-based Doi Ngam Witthayakom School.
Four Thai primary students also won special honours. A “smoke-free oven” by Monporn Leelakachornchit and Punyapa Jaroonjirasathien, both Pathom-6 students from a Chon Buri-based school, received a special award from Macau and China. A special award from Hong Kong went to “traditional Thai pattern creation set”, invented by Weeradee Yuthong and Anyamaneewala na Thalang, both Pathom-6 students from Phetchaburi province.