On Thursday 23 July 2015 from 10:00 to 13:00 Mrs. Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, led a delegation from the Royal Thai Embassy to visit the MILSET Expo-Sciences International (ESI) in Brussels, which was held from 19 to 25 July 2015.
The ESI has the aim of promoting and encouraging scientific projects created by children and young people from many different countries through an exhibition in a multi-cultural environment, while also allowing the participation of institutions which work on assisting young people in their research. The ESI allows participants to take part in a variety of activities: cultural and scientific visits, leisure activities, workshops, animation, conferences, and the exhibition of projects.
Showing their work at the Expo were 32 Thai students from different schools all Northeastern Thailand, ranging from some as young as 14 years old to 19 years old. They were given the opportunity to install and showcase their scientific researches and technological innovations, representing their schools at an international level and encouraging them to share their experiences with students from all over the world.
Among the highlights of the scientific inventions thought up by the Thai students is the ‘Energy Saving Bamboo Steamer’, which was created by the students from Piyamaharachalai School in Nakhon Phanom. This new innovative bamboo steamer is used to ensure that sticky rice, the staple food of many Thai households, especially in the Northeast, is cooked more efficiently and with much less energy by putting in an inner tube which increases the surface area of the steamer. In addition to this, students from another school were able to use chicken egg protein mixed with water to make a liquid to help reduce the quantity of H2S in waste water, therefore improving its quality.
The Royal Thai Embassy also invited the 47 students and teachers to meet with Ambassador Nopadol Gunavibool in the evening of 22 July 2015. During the exchange of views between the students and teachers and the Ambassador, the Embassy that it would help promote their activities in the future and would assign the office of Science and Technology of the Embassy to propose to the Ministry of Science and Technology in Bangkok to give support to this project. The students and teachers also enjoyed Thai cuisine hosted by the Ambassador at the Residence.