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CAST partners with CCTV to enhance scientific quality of youth


The China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) has partnered with China Central Television (CCTV), China's predominant state television broadcaster, in a newly developed large-scale science communication project designed for teenagers of the country.

The China Youth Scientific Quality Conference, as the project is called, is actually a whole set of competition events that take place throughout the country from November 2016 to March 2017 with the aim to cultivate interest in science among young students and enhance their ability to engage in scientific exploration and creative activities, and thereby help bring up the next generation of scientific talent. The major events of the project will be broadcast on TV, which will demonstrate the spirit of the participating students: daring to question, eagerness to explore and determination to win.

The China Youth Scientific Quality Conference was officially inaugurated on Nov. 19 at China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing. Shang Yong, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of CAST, Xu Yanhao, vice president and executive secretary of CAST, Zhang Ning, deputy editor-in-chief of CCTV, Du Zhanyuan, vice minister of education, He Junke, standing member of the secretariat of the Chinese Communist Youth League, and Deng Li, vice president of the All-China Women's Federation, joined the young competitors and science teachers from Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang and Shandong at the inauguration ceremony.

Speaking on behalf of CAST and CCTV, Shang Yong stressed that only by intensifying popularization of science and technology and energetically enhancing scientific literacy among the young generation, can we possibly provide fertile soil for innovation-driven development and upgrade the overall level of the whole nation's scientific literacy, which is essential for accelerating the building of an innovation-driven country and a well-off society in an all-round way. Vice minister Du Zhanyuan and Kan Zhaojiang, chief inspector of CCTV's science and technology channel, as well as representatives of scientists and teenagers also spoke at the ceremony.

According to the organizer of the Conference, the participants of the project are mainly second-graders of high schools, with some college students included as well. The Conference will proceed with three phases, starting from the primary selection at the provincial level, going on to the regional pickup selection interviews, and finally the national contest. In the primary selection phase, the organizing committee will review the basic information and performances of all the participants submitted by provincial organizers and decide on the number of students selected for regional selection interviews. Then the organizing committee will have site interviews with these selected students at the regional competition sites in Beijing, Hangzhou, Changsha, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Lanzhou to further select the finalists for the national contest. The national contest will be recorded as TV programs in the latter half of December 2016 and is expected to be shown on CCTV's science and technology channel during the winter vacation of 2017.

The content of the national contest covers basic disciplines including maths, physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology and computer science. The criteria for judgment include creativeness, hands-on and practical ability, verbal ability and team spirit.

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