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Science classes at village offices

Jung Shick Kim   Sogang University

Duckhwan Lee   Korea Science Foundation

It was found that the district/village offices are found to be excellent public facilities to be utilized for providing science classes for local residents, especially for poor and underdeveloped regions. The science classes at village offices were first started, as a part of voluntary personal for improving science literacy, by one of the authors (J. S. K) in September of 2003 in Seoul. Low cost science activities usually found in science fairs are actively utilized in the classes. The program is now grown to be a central part of the Science Korea Initiative being carried out by the Korea Science Foundation. It is now implemented at 344 districts/villages throughout the nation. The key element of the success of this program is thought to be low cost of the classes. The active involvement of local district/village governments is also important for the success of the program by providing both kids and scientists from the local area.

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