Teaching school children in Thailand

Members of the Milne Centre have just returned from a week of teaching astronomy and python to school children in Thailand. Now in its second year, the ThaiPASS program sees members of the Centre spend a week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, introducing children from disadvantaged backgrounds to programming in python and astronomy in the hope of encouraging them to further study in STEM subjects at University. The week was divided into a series of lectures and practical coding sessions, where the students could put their newly-acquired knowledge to the test. This year’s team consisted of Claire Cashmore, James Keegans, Mikkel Kristensen, Richard Stancliffe and Iraj Vaezzadeh, and former Milne Centre staff member Siri Chongchitnan. Topics covered included: introductory python, how to write a forward Euler integrator, stellar nucleosynthesis, supernovae and dark matter. [More details about the ThaiPASS program]