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The Electric Playground Project

Updated: Aug 6, 2022

Source: STEAM4Innovator

The Electric Playground Project - Awaken the Power of Mind, Turn on the Light of Ideas, and Transform Waste into Value/Energy

This project aims to develop innovation potential for Thai youth on the problem of creating innovations related to waste management and transforming waste into energy. It is funded by the Power Development Fund under the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and operated by the National Innovation Agency (NIA)’s STEAM4Innovator Program, implemented in Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Phuket regions.

This project is a part of the Clean Energy for Life campaign, with a field learning approach to inspire innovations and learn about renewable energy through multi-stakeholders cooperation including government agencies, the private sector, schools, and universities. The project targets more than 10,000 secondary school students in 50 schools together with teachers, parents, innovators, and technical experts in related network organizations. It adopts the STEAM4INNOVATOR, a transdisciplinary approach, to provide knowledge & skills training on a) understanding the program, b) creating an idea, c) developing a business plan, and d) executing a solution. Relevant partners and experts are invited to share their knowledge and experience with the trainee.

This project provides a platform for high school students to learn knowledge, exchange ideas, and contest innovative ideas on clean energy and waste management. It stimulates students to create innovations that will transform Thailand's waste management and clean energy production.

The Electric Playground Project aims to raise awareness about waste to energy and stimulate innovation among Thailand youth. 250 creative ideas came from more than 10,000 youth who participated in the program. 25 of them have been put to practice. Among them, five have been further developed into prototypes and are ready for scaling up. This project has demonstrated the power of innovation in creating change toward a more sustainable society. The project covers 3 regions (Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Phuket) where Waste to Energy Plants are operating.

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