The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

From Earth to Space: Efforts to Foster Environmental Awareness and Sustainability through Education and Technology in Thailand

Settapong Malisuwan, Excellence Center of Space Technology and Research, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Thailand)

Abstract

The Excellence Center of Space Technology and Research (ECSTAR) at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand, is making significant efforts to bridge the gap between environmental stewardship, space technology, community engagement, and education. By raising awareness about air quality and addressing the limitations of traditional air monitoring technologies, the sensors aim to increase community engagement and promote environmental awareness and sustainability. The first project was established at Wiang Pa Pao Technical College, Chiang Rai province, where young people learn about space technologies from academics and industry specialists and become fully aware of the impacts of climate change. These educational activities are an integral part of ECSTAR's efforts to stimulate interest in sustainable development and promote environmental stewardship.ECSTAR is also working on an Earth Observation Platform that leverages state-of-the-art IoT devices, wireless mobile networks, and advanced GPS tracking systems to collect and analyze critical environmental data with unprecedented accuracy and speed. The platform is designed to serve a wide range of applications in both government and private sectors, with the potential to revolutionize the way we collect, analyze, and utilize environmental data. By integrating the platform with Low Earth Orbit satellite technology, ECSTAR can gather real-time data from a wider geographical area, including remote and inaccessible locations. In addition to its technological advancements, ECSTAR is actively engaged in creating educational activities about space affairs and sustainable development to stimulate interest in young people. The ECSTAR project is intended to become part of Thai national policy, including the United Nations on Climate Change, and has the potential to empower communities to address environmental challenges through space technologies and education. This research paper presents a case study of the ECSTAR’s project, which aims to foster environmental awareness and sustainability through education and technology. The project is exceptional in its efforts to engage directly with the community in rural areas, particularly through educational activities that aim to stimulate interest in sustainable development and promote environmental stewardship. By presenting this case study, this research paper aims to demonstrate the potential of ECSTAR's initiatives to empower communities to take action to address environmental challenges and promote sustainable development.

Keywords: Air quality monitoring, Earth Observation, Community engagement, Sustainability, Education.

References

[1]  Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals (EO4SDG) Strategic
Implementation Plan 2020–2024. Available at. http://eo4sdg.org/wp-content/
uploads/2019/09/EO4SDG-Strategic-Impl.-Plan-2020-2024.pdf

[2] Jonathan C. McDowell. The Low Earth Orbit Satellite Population and Impacts of the SpaceX Starlink Constellation. ApJL, 892(2):L36, April 2020.

 

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