Banpu presents “16th Power Green Camp”, an environmental science camp offering unlimited online learning experiences and enhancing new normal science projects
Banpu Public Company Limited, one of the main international suppliers of versatile energy, with the Faculty of Environmental and Resource Studies, Mahidol University organized the Power Green Camp 16 under the theme “ECO Living & Learning – Transforming into a green way of life in response to the new normal era”. From October 16 to November 21, 2021, 40 students out of 217 students from 40 high schools of any major in 31 provinces were selected to experience the first online camp in response to the new normal way of learning.
In Power Green Camp 16 this year, all 40 students took online classes and intensively learned theoretical and practical knowledge on weekends for two months. Activities included ”Transformative learning‘session which encouraged the soft skills of the participating students such as creativity, analytical thinking and problem solving, effective communication and teamwork. For the practical sessions, the camp delivered 3 sets of standardized experiments, which can be used in real households with a total value of 10,000 THB per person, at the student houses for free. The experiments included “Just block, we won’t wait“which concerned the invention of grease traps for domestic use, “Food waste processing“which revolved around converting food waste into organic fertilizers, and”Is it really there…?“which was a survey of the composition and properties of the soil in the house.
Mr. Rattapon Sukhunthee, Head of Corporate Communications at Banpu Public Company Limited, said “This year we are focusing on environmental issues related to the New Normal. For this we are focusing on designing activities where students will gain both knowledge and experiences through learning activities integrated: thinking, acting and being rational, knowing how to analyze using scientific processes, and seeing the importance and cherishing the environment and natural resources. We hope that young people will play a role of leaders and intermediaries in linking the acquired knowledge and developing it further, and that they will pass their knowledge on to families, close friends, schools, communities and society so that these youth groups also realize the importance of natural conservation and adapt to live in harmony with the environment in a sustainable way.
For this year’s special event, the 40 students also attended the “Eco-living Talk” activity, where Ms. Rannaphan Yungyuenpoonchai or Pat, a singer from Klear who has a hobby as an organic gardener, has shared with them how to live and act in an environmentally friendly way. Another speaker was Mr. Somphot Ruamsin, a Smart City expert from Banpu Next Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Banpu, who explained to attendees how to integrate technology into their eco-friendly lifestyles. The purpose of this special activity was to increase knowledge and encourage students to live harmoniously in a green way of life in response to the New Normal, both at the individual and community level.
After having followed theoretical and practical sessions, all the students reflected and crystallized what they had learned and participated in a group project in environmental sciences. The project was presented to the camp committee and the public through online channels. Each group was given a natural ingredient as the initial mystery ingredient to be solved and conceptualized. The first prize winner who received a scholarship worth 50,000 THB was presented to the “I can’t wait” project by Team EVIF who innovated cosmetic products from “bagasse” such as hair dye, face mask and lip balm. This project not only improved agricultural products, reduced the burning of sugar cane leaves which affected the environment, but also created added value for products containing natural ingredients and safe for consumers.
Pingping-Wachiraya Kongprad, 11e grader (Mathayom 5) at Satree Thung Song school, a representative of the winning team, after winning the environmental science group project grand prize and attending Power Green Camp, said: “I am very happy to have won the award. This project is not at all easy as it was an online group work. However, we all dedicated ourselves and worked very hard to get the most out of this project, having been to Power Green Camp my friends and I learned a lot, especially about the environment which is a subject that is close to us. realize how great the current environmental situations around us are and how we can be of great help for the conservation of the environment. We started on our own, and now we can spread the knowledge gained in the camp to those around us. We can be the voice and let others know how important the environment is in our daily lives. I can fully say that I am impressed with everything the Power Green Camp has offered ”.
1st The second prize, receiving a scholarship worth 30,000 THB, was awarded to TeamMiraculous rhizome as part of the “Rhizome HPL” project which replaced cassava rhizomes for wood to reduce deforestation. The twosd The second prize, with a scholarship worth 20,000 THB, was awarded to TeamBEVA within the framework of the project “Adiós plástico – Bye Bye Plastic” which produced crates for the transport of trees using cassava rhizomes, aiming to reduce the use of plastic which takes a long time to decompose. In addition, the “Popular vote” with a price of 10,000 THB went to SETZERO team as part of the “SETZERO-33” project which used rice husk silica to improve water quality. Finally, there were also 7 consolation prizes, with a price of 6,000 THB each.
“Banpu thinks that “Learning is the power of change and development”. We therefore focus on supporting young people who will be the main force in the future development of the country by making them learn from a variety of experiences that cannot be taught in the classroom and by cultivating the idea of conservation of the environment so that they take care of our planet for a sustainable future. All this has led to an environmental science project for young people in response to the New Normal and is in line with the ESG principles to which the Company has always given importance and adhered “, declaredMr. Rattapon.
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About Power Green Camp
The Power Green Camp was launched in 2006 and has operated continuously since then as part of a collaboration between Banpu Public Company Limited and the Faculty of Environmental and Resource Studies at Mahidol University. Through the concept of “Environmental sciences – Learning by doing”, which initially aims to enable students to learn more about the environment and natural resources, the camp aims to encourage them to love and cherish nature as well as to apply the scientific knowledge they have from the camp to solve systematically addressing environmental issues, while becoming leaders and creating a strong network to protect the environment in the future.
Banpu Public Company Limited is a leading integrated energy solutions company with 3 main business groups: energy resources, power generation and energy technology in 10 countries – Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Singapore, Japan , United States of America and Vietnam.