Asia Pacific Energy Inquiry (APEI) is a program of learning and teaching based on the Island Energy InquiryTM (IEI) workshops and curriculum. APEI uses hands-on inquiry learning to help students discover the sciences of renewable energies and connect with energy advances in the Asia Pacific region. APEI teachers take part in workshop training where they build energy models and produce laboratory experiments. All teachers use written and online curriculum guides, and energy equipment libraries, to introduce inquiry learning in their classes and share results among teachers. The APEI program has been sponsored by the United States Department of State and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) through a partnership of Thailand’s Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) Women in Technology Project. Island Energy InquiryTM was developed by MEDB. Since its launch in 2009, IEI has trained over 250 teachers and more than 45,000 students of Hawaii.
In 2013 IEI was recruited by the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Naval Research to implement the curriculum to a recipient group of educators from Thailand and Laos. A key partnership with the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, located in Bangkok, Thailand, was a major result of this pilot project. IEI has now expanded with a new program branch known as Asia Pacific Energy Inquiry (APEI).
Students learn “the way scientists learn”
Schools from Thailand, Laos, and Hawaii (USA) participate in APEI, a pilot project launched in 2013 that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) inquiry learning to prepare the future workforce for clean energy development. Beyond learning about renewable energy resources and design, participating schools also engage in cultural exchange, resulting in educational collaboration and global friendship.
- Princess Chulabhorn’s College Chon Buri;
- Lampang Kanlayanee ;
- Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni);
- School for Gifted Students, Dongdok Campus, Vientiane, Lao PDR;
- Kihei Public Charter;
- Innovations Public Charter.