IN-STEP with students in Pang-nga
Posted on September 18, 2011
MSD Thailand, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., developed the Inquiry-based Science and Technology Education Program (MSD IN-STEP) in 2005 as an effort to rebuild communities strongly affected by the 2004 Tsunami. The program developed extensive U.S.-Thai partnerships: the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE), Kenan Institute Asia (KIAsia), Thailand’s Ministry of Education (MOE) Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), and the MOE’s Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST).
Launched in 2006, the program combined train-the-trainer teacher skills and inquiry-based student curricula intended to be easily replicated in many communities. The program is rounded out with professional development and mentoring, resource management, provincial stakeholder engagement, and community science activities. On September 16, local leaders in Pang-nga joined with government officials and dignitaries for an official handover of the successful pilot program to community stakeholders.