Mechai Vi­ra­vaidya Opens the Learn­ing Com­mons at NIST

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On Oc­to­ber 8 NIST In­ter­na­tional School cel­e­brated the open­ing of The Mechai Learn­ing Com­mons, an ed­u­ca­tional space cre­ated to sup­port in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, on­line learn­ing, tu­tor­ing, ex­plo­ration, con­tent cre­ation, read­ing and study. The fa­cil­ity, made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous fund­ing of Khun Mechai Vi­ra­vaidya and fam­ily, builds upon the more tra­di­tional li­brary model. In ad­di­tion to stan­dard read­ing ma­te­ri­als, it also in­cludes a com­mu­nity café, mini- am­phithe­atres and read­ing nooks— all de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate shared learn­ing.

Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, Head of School James Macdonald rec­og­nized not only Khun Mechai’s gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions to NIST aca­dem­i­cally and fi­nan­cially over the years, but also to the growth of NIST’S com­mu­nity dur­ing its for­ma­tive years.

“Three key words that are taken from our phi­los­o­phy state­ment are pro­voke, ex­tend and en­rich. We feel that th­ese words can truly be at­trib­ut­able to Khun Mechai, as when teach­ing and hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with our el­e­men­tary stu­dents, he al­ways pro­vokes in­quiry from the stu­dents and helps ex­tend their think­ing, and even­tu­ally our stu­dents go on to en­rich other peo­ple’s lives,” said Brett Penny, Head of El­e­men­tary at NIST.

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