Young Deng Po Gu, the self governing district in Seoul that is the capital city of Korea and also the world city that is famous for the hosting of Olympic Games in 1988, ASEM Conference in 2000 and World Cup in 2002, is running a program called “The Practical Science Class”. Until September 2003 when a staff of “The Korean Science Culture Organization” volunteered to initiate and implement the science program, the concept of science was pretty much non existent in this part of Seoul. However, after receiving a remarkably favorable response from the district residents, this program was developed to an official science program aiming to educate the district residents and at present, the program has been spread to some 344 areas throughout the country. The success of this program is mainly owing to the district being able to predict precisely the demand of scientific needs in the area and facilitating what they called “The Residents’ Autonomous Centre” which enabled the district residents to access to the program easily by promoting the program consistently in their districts. In addition, the introduction of the idea how to lower the costs while maximizing the efficiency by using the practical materials as their scientific experiments have played a crucial role for the success of this program.

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The role of local autonomous entities in developing the science culture (the practical science class program)

Jong Yeon Choi  

Chung Chin  

Young Deng Po Gu, the self governing district in Seoul that is the capital city of Korea and also the world city that is famous for the hosting of Olympic Games in 1988, ASEM Conference in 2000 and World Cup in 2002, is running a program called “The Practical Science Class”. Until September 2003 when a staff of “The Korean Science Culture Organization” volunteered to initiate and implement the science program, the concept of science was pretty much non existent in this part of Seoul. However, after receiving a remarkably favorable response from the district residents, this program was developed to an official science program aiming to educate the district residents and at present, the program has been spread to some 344 areas throughout the country. The success of this program is mainly owing to the district being able to predict precisely the demand of scientific needs in the area and facilitating what they called “The Residents’ Autonomous Centre” which enabled the district residents to access to the program easily by promoting the program consistently in their districts. In addition, the introduction of the idea how to lower the costs while maximizing the efficiency by using the practical materials as their scientific experiments have played a crucial role for the success of this program.

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