CHIANG RAI – Chiang Rai’s Damrongrat Songkhroh school students were warmly welcomed home by teachers, schoolchildren and parents at Mae Fa Luang airport after winning two awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, the United States.
The Damrongrat Songkhroh school students won awards for rice seedlings coated with indigenous resin to prolong their life affected by drought. The resin which has won the special award from the United Sstates Agency for International Development, plus 3,000-dollar scholarships, was developed by Nampeung Panya, Pirachat Khachanil and Chetsada Sitthikhankaew at Mathayom 6 level.
Nampueng had been earlier denied visa to the U.S. twice due to her being notified as persons without nationality. Given the Thai nationality by the Department of Provincial Administration, the girl student was allowed to contest.
The other team of students have won the third runner-up award, plus 500-dollar scholarships, for hydrogel made from indigenous resin to eliminate snails in farms developed by Natthamon Sriphrom, Ramita Chuamuangpharn and Phan-anong Chuenchokchai at Mathayom 6 level. Suthiphong Chaikaew and Kriangsak Inrassadorn were consultant teachers for both teams.