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Bringing innovators together: The 37th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

This trip begins each year with an invitation from Mr. Fulin Zeng, the deputy director of the international affairs department of the Beijing Association for Science and Technology (BAST).

INVITATION

Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition (BYSCC) is an annual event held in Beijing which attracts students and teachers home and abroad to exchange innovative ideas on science and technology. The BYSCC is organized and operated by Beijing Association for Science and Technology, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, Beijing Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau and the People’s Government of the District where it’s held. Since its start up in 1981, the BYSCC has been gaining popularity among teenagers with an increasing number of participants. The 37th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition (BYSCC) will be held in Huairou District, Beijing from March 23 to 26, 2017.

Herein, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are honored to invite a delegation to attend the 37th BYSCC 2017.

It’s firmly believed that your participation will enhance our mutual work in public science.

It it an invitation to visit and learn, to exchange ideas and research, to collaborate and innovate. Together.

The delegations from around the world include Andover Public Schools, Scitech, Shenton College, Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies (CSVTS), Astra/Young Scientist Denmark, HAKFOR HAYAROK, Malaysian Invention & Design Society (MINDS), Moscow State University in Russia, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, South African agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity, the A.V. Palladin Institute of Biochemistry in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and two Chinese teams.

All dressed up, our students set up their projects and answered questions from the judges in the gymnasium on the other side of the campus. Dory helped translate when needed.

We attended the Science and Education Innovation Forum of Chinese and Foreign Educators. Dr. Mike Mullen presented at the forum, representing N.C. State and North Carolina on the world stage. “N.C. State,” he said, “has always valued students creative ability and entrepreneurship.” He challenged educators to change the lives of their students creating opportunities for them to become lifelong learners.

This afternoon, as the students continued to defend their research, we visited Beijing’s Science Park to learn more about Huairou Science City, which is scheduled for completion in 2030.

Design of the city includes “sychrotron light source of high energy, experimental facility of comprehensive extreme conditions, numerical modeling device of earth system, multi-moding and cross-scale biomedical imaging facility as well as simulation device of atmosphere environment.”

Our next stop was the OriginWater Membrane Technology Innovation Industrial Park to think about water treatment now and in the future.

All of us are looking forward to a good night sleep, anxious and excited for tomorrow when the public is invited to review the students’ research. All of the students from the delegations stay in a building just next door to ours (B in the photo below), but we are able to eat together and catch up on the events of the day.

Dr. Mullen said something really important today. He said, “Building successful students requires us to move beyond retention and graduation rates.” To build innovative students he challenged us to build innovative educational environments and systems. Together — at home and abroad.

 

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.