A spark of cu­rios­ity – Young­sters start a sci­ence mag­a­zine

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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.”

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