During the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, the Kaiwen Academy (KWA) Team went to Hangzhou to participate in the 2018 “Future City” Summer Competition National Finals. The team won first prize and the “Most Innovative Infrastructure” award in the competition. This was the best result that KWA has achieved in the “Future City” Competition after it won second and third prizes in the competition last year. The result was the best Dragon Boat Festival gift from the participating students.
Congratulations to these excellent students and teachers!
Students: Guo Zihan from Grade 6; Wang Ziije, Zhu Zhaoyu, Wang Ji, Lian Yikai, Deng Yitong, Han Siyu, Zhang Gege, and Zhang Di from Grade 7.
Leading teachers: Shen Liang and Bao Xiaodong.
Instructors: Sun Chao and Zhu Xiaoming.
The “Future City” Competition is a global competition for junior high school and primary school students. As a team, the students are required to envision, study, design, and build future cities by way of project-based learning. The competition emphasizes engineering design methods and project management, and the students need to answer the core issues of today’s world—how to make the world better.
KWA offered the Future City course as a co-curricular course last semester. In just a few months, the course has become one of the most popular courses among the dozens of co-curricular courses that the school has offered. At the end of last semester, two KWA secondary school teams—Valley Town and Made—participated in the 2017-2018 “Future City” Competition China Finals held in Beijing, and won second and third prizes, which was a great encouragement to the students.
Oriented to the summer competition’s theme, KWA’s Future City classes in this semester have focused on exploring how to design and build a “sponge city.” With teacher Shen Liang’s help, the students designed and built a city model, completed a thesis, wrote a project plan, and designed a virtual city. For over a month, KWA Science Group teachers witnessed the process in which the city was built from scratch and the students constantly improved their ideas.
“Through the project, the children have not only familiarized themselves with the knowledge of sponge cities, improved their ability to discover problems and solve problems, but also displayed their excellent cooperation and communication skills,” said teacher Shen.
Science and technology education is one of the three major features of education at KWA. The Future City course, as a co-curricular course in science and technology, is an important part of the school’s science curriculum system. In the future, KWA will offer more Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math (STEAM) courses to cultivate and improve students’ comprehensive scientific literacy, with “problem solving, logical thinking, critical thinking, and creativity” at the core.
Let’s review the exciting highlights of the competition.