A spark of curiosity – Youngsters start a science magazine
Science is unpopular in Myanmar. In schools, when students study science subjects, most of them rely heavily on rote learning rather than trying to understand concepts. The number of science books in bookshops in the country is very low.
Still, there are some people who are very enthusiastic about science. Among them are the founder and writers of the online “Curiosity Science Magazine.” They are young; in their early twenties. It is said that the future lies in the hands of young people. So there is still hope for this unpopular school curriculum subject.
Meet a science fan.
“In my social circle, nobody wants to listen to topics about science. In tea shops and beer bars, we can talk about football matches and computer games. I want to talk about science in a similar way,” Thar Htet Aung, 22, the founder of the Curiosity Science Magazine, told Mizzima Weekly.
Speaking about how they launched the e-magazine, Thar Htet Aung, who’s keen on astrophysics, engineering, entrepreneurship, and science and computer programming, said: “In the 2014 BarCamp, I talked about science. My topic was the ‘Origin of the Universe’. Initially I thought that the topic would be unfamiliar to people in Myanmar, so I wondered whether there would be any people who wanted to listen to the topic. But when I talked, the room was full of listeners. They were enthusiastic about the topic and offered questions. I was very happy. I was not alone. Then I persuaded three like-minded friends to launch an online science magazine. We are students, so we don’t have money to invest. But we have time. Then we invited other people to send us science articles for our magazine, via online. A friend created graphic design for our magazine. And because of all this, we could launch the online Curiosity Science Magazine in June 2014.”