This summer a small party of staff and students went to Beijing to attend the first International Science Fair hosted by The High School Affiliated to Beihang University, one of our partner international schools. As this was their first ever fair, the school only invited a small number of their very closest partners. We therefore felt very honoured and flattered to be invited.
The fair involved listening to a number of special lectures given by distinguished scientists and educators; taking part in Science zone challenges; teaching episodes; competitions; research projects; poster exhibitions; visiting the laboratories of Beihang University and, most challenging of all, formal presentations to large numbers of students, teachers and educators.
The formal presentations were based on the scientific research projects each school’s students had undertaken during the weeks prior to the fair. CSIA gave two presentations, delivered by Amy Jolly and Hannah Rutter who are both now studying in our Sixth Form. The themes of these presentations were ‘Hydrology of Cornish Rivers’ and ‘The Impact of Cornwall’s Agricultural Heritage on Freshwater Invertebrates’. Amy and Hannah’s presentations were exceptional, delivered with confidence and panache. The audience was truly engaged with their research and many compliments were paid afterwards. Amy and Hannah, in their CSIA uniforms, were excellent ambassadors for their school, community and the United Kingdom.
The trip also involved taking part in cultural activities, trying the delights of Chinese cuisine and, of course, visiting the amazing historical centres of Beijing, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heavenly Peace, the Summer Palace and the highlight, a visit to the Great Wall of China.
This was a memorable visit for all concerned and The High School Affiliated to Beihang University deserves to be congratulated on being an excellent host and for putting on a highly successful Science Fair. Thank you HSABHU.