Starfish Maker is a program that aims to disseminate knowledge and to develop capacity for educators and learners through a system known as Makerspace. This is achieved by providing academic services, creating an online learning community, providing professional development for educators and consultation services, and opening spaces for children, schools, communities, and families to use free of charge. Starfish Maker's goal is to provide the opportunity for all children in Thailand to have access to quality education.
We also recognize the need for today’s parents and educators to have better and more consistent access to the tools they need to build their own capacity. With that in mind, Starfish Labz was created as Thailand's first online learning platform for teachers and parents. It is designed as a digital community for teachers and parents to learn, connect and share innovative resources that provide children with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Content includes online courses, assessment tools and video resources that have been created and tested by institutions, organizations, educators and parents. Simply put, Starfish Labz uses education technology to elevate learning for children in Thailand.
A Professional Learning Platform for Teachers
The BloomLabz platform is designed to be localized and customized as required for different learning contexts and curricula. This is a sharing platform for educators to showcase best practices, collaborate and build a professional learning community in Thailand and eventually Southeast Asia. Starfish Labz is the customized version of the platform for the Starfish Maker project.
The platform will be open to the public; not only will teachers in the target schools benefit from it, but also interested people from all sectors.
We also support a Thai registered foundation, Starfish Country Home School Foundation (SCHSF), which implements the following programs -
STARFISH COUNTRY HOME SCHOOL
Registered as a private school with the Thailand Ministry of Education at the kindergarten (anuban)and primary (pratom) levels, the Country Home School serves students and families from ethnic minority backgrounds, as well as the local Thai community near Mae Taeng. The curriculum is delivered through a Project Based Learning Approach in both Thai and English.
STARFISH MAKER DEMONSTRATION SITES
Providing children with the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and innovative ideas through project-based learning to promote science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. A collaboration with educators, institutions and communities with resources and opportunities to create engaging, inclusive and innovative learning experiences.
LIFEPREP LEARNING CENTER
Early childhood education activities for the children of migrant workers and local Thais in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. The project aims to equip children with literacy and life skills.
EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Building capacity for local educators and communities via professional development focusing on literacy, Project Based Learning and Makerspace.
Assisting children and families in need through various support programs.