I’ve been to a good number of College Fairs while in America. In elementary school, middle school, high school. College fairs are a way for schools to give kids something to look foward to. A way to say, “When you finish your time here, you can actually have some fun learning.”
Today I saw that American students are missing out, bigg time. Songklah Research University in Southern Thailand had a science fair today, and compared to the ice cream and cotton candy and mini snickers offered at most fairs, I was in pure shock.
Of course there were the obligatory presentations and information boards, but there was more. After walking a couple of blocks away from the central building, I found the pot of gold.
Outside, several blocks were closed off where vendors had set up shop. There were billions of food vendors, clothes vendors, jewelry shops and to my amazement, animal shops. Go to a school fair and come home with a bird or bunny for 150bhts (approx. 5USD), or better yet, a puppy for 500bht (approx 16USD). Jackpot. Any kid would be in heaven. And frankly, I kind was :)
I know I didn’t learn a thing about science today. But this was definitely the best science fair I have ever been to in my life.