Free access to exhibition spaces astronomy room and science room at Walailak University

Free access to exhibition spaces astronomy room and science room at Walailak University

Walailak Botanical Park (WBP) is not only a nature study area but also an area for learning source outside the classroom, aimed to provide free academic services. The Science and Wisdom Learning Center under WBP provides free learning spaces about science, technology, and wisdom for students, youth, and the public through an exhibition that promotes fun learning; there are activities such as science activities, science experiment (Lab) activities, astronomy activities, botanical activities, the short-term science camp, natural science camp, etc.

Moreover, the Science and Wisdom Learning Center has spaces for an astronomy and science exhibition for free access to students and the public, with staff to provide services and activities according to the program. Moreover, all visitors can visit the exhibition of wisdom room related to the forest from the Pak Phanang Basin. There are also stuffed animals’ rooms such as reptiles, squirrels, shrews, birds, green turtles, butterflies, and a giant whale skeleton. There is another room for showing the organs of the human body as visual learning materials and an astronomy room to study the stars, which are suitable for learning for people of all genders and ages. Besides, the area near the building is also a collection space of more than 100 banana species. The collected bananas consist of ornamental bananas: Bua Som bananas and Dara Rasamee bananas with beautiful banana blossoms; freshly eaten bananas that can be eaten ripe: cultivated bananas, Kluai Sao Kratueb Ho bananas, lady finger bananas, and Gros Michel bananas. The signs in the garden indicate each type of banana to be the learning material, and all visitors can scan QR codes to study in-depth details.

In 2021, the Science and Wisdom Learning Center of Botanical Park Walailak University provided academic services for schools such as Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Demonstration School, Ban Song Phaek Mitthaphap 92 School, Anuban Nakhon Si Thammarat “Na Nakhon Utit” School, and Ban Kun Talae School. From March to April 2021, 13 schools were accessing academic services with 1,555 students.

Additionally, WBP also invited students and the public who are interested in academic service activities, promoting knowledge under the concept of Lifelong Learning through various activities and projects such as the project “Magic Night, invite each other to see the stars,” that those interested can watch via Stream Live, adjusting the activity format following the Covid-19 situation. On November 2, 2021, WBP held a training on techniques for preparing and storing marine animal specimens through Zoom Meeting; it was well received by students, the public, educational institutions, and local government organizations to apply the knowledge gained to use in teaching and learning operations and sample storage.

On November 22, 2021, WBP organized a workshop project on taxidermy, participated by children to display at the Natural History Museum Walailak University because the WBP is a collection center of biodiversity of plants and animals for reference using, academic service and exhibitions to disseminate knowledge to students and interested people. Taxidermy is another mission of WBP to preserve specimens and exhibits at the Natural History Museum Walailak in the future because taxidermy is used for educational benefits; the benefits are to see the shape, size, and color of the creatures and make people aware of the biological and ecological characteristics, causing students, and people to be aware, love, and cherish resources and lead to sustainable conservation

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