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 Forrest Ashworth of Cary. See more pictures and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This morning we ate a quick breakfast and then it was off to the school for a full day of exhibition. During the morning session of exhibition we saw a lot of school groups that had come from all around Beijing to see the presentations. Seemingly because I was the only white person representing America, tons of Chinese students wanted to get pictures with me by the American flag.
We ate lunch at the school cafeteria and then headed back to presenting for the afternoon session. More school groups came through and I took more pictures. Some groups were really young kids, like elementary school age. It was interesting to me that they are getting introduced to research and poster sessions so early on in their schooling.
We ate dinner again at the school cafeteria and then went to the evening party and special awards that was hosted in the school’s auditorium. There were performances interspersed with special awards for the Chinese students that were mainly cash prizes. When this finished it, was late and it had been a long day so we headed back to the hotel and quickly went to sleep.