This week, four high school students selected by Science, Math, and Technology Education Center to participate in the North Carolina International Science Competition (NCISC) are traveling to Beijing, China to present their research, meet students from other countries, and experience Chinese culture. This blog highlights the journey of these future science rockstars of North Carolina! Today, we hear from Edward Zhao of Cary. See more pictures and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Yesterday, we presented our posters to the judges and also to some other people. We had a total of three judges. All of them actually spoke English, so that made presentations much easier for us. However, I’m not sure if my first judge actually understood what I was saying. He didn’t ask any questions afterwards except for things like, “How long have you been in America” and things like that.
I decided to present to my second judge in Chinese. It was a challenge, but at least I could be sure that he understood what I was saying! There was supposed to be a fourth “International Judge,” but I don’t think he got around to hearing the U.S. students.
After presentations, we attended the opening ceremony. They showed us a few short videos that were really well made. Several leaders also gave speeches. At that point, I started to get sick, so I wasn’t able to attend the banquet for dinner.
Right now, we are back at the exhibition center and presenting to the public. I slept for over 12 hours last night, and had a good breakfast this morning. Luckily, I don’t feel sick anymore, because I’ll be standing by my poster for the next 11 hours!