Seeds from the Space Back to Schools, Waiting to Be Planted
On the morning of September 10, 2016, the seeds carried by China’s SJ-10 recoverable satellite were handed over by Qian Yonggang, the son of Qian Xuesen, to student representatives from over ten elementary and middle schools of the whole country in Beijing. The seeds were picked out from the self-designed carrying package of students in elementary and middle schools last year. Later, these students will carry out scientific experimental activities to cultivate the seeds.
At the beginning of the activity “Tiny Seeds Bearing Big Astronautics Dreams, Inheriting Spirit of Qian Xuesen & Astronautic Science Education,” the No.12 Academy of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the CSE and Education Commission of Dongcheng District respectively, aiming to make “Experimental Class of Qian Xuesen” available across China with a common pursuit of “Patriotism, Dedication, Truth-seeking, and Innovation.”
Yang Nianlu, Secretary General of CSE, pointed out that this agreement would not only promote the education mode reform to a new stage, but also guide children in exploring the celestial bodies, the universe, and the unknown, and adopting serious attitudes towards science, which would better raise their key competencies.
Dongcheng District Youth Science and Technology Museum and 27 elementary and middle schools in Beijing supported by the CSE and No.12 Academy of CASC, are carrying out educational activities of astronautic science on space mutation breeding and space carrying. Nearly 10,000 students have taken part in these activities in the past three years.
With the agreement signed, the No.12 Academy of CASC will fully leverage human resources and technological advantages to provide opportunities of face-to-face communication for children in Dongcheng District with such senior scientists as academicians. Children will also have access to such advanced technology sites as Space Base and China Aerospace Centre through winter and summer camps, where they can participate in some research projects within their capabilities to further unveil the mysteries of aerospace.