Science is like the air we breathe, enriching life everywhere, waiting for us to discover more; Science is breathtakingly beautiful, not only because of the colorful changes and fantastic scenes, but also because of the sudden brightness when we discover and understand more! The three-day Scientific Research excursions covered a wide range of topics, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics and other technologies representing the forefront of science and technology development in AI City; Life Sciences such as marine animals which have a strong connection to human life; and the cultivation of vegetables without the use of soil. In the process of experiencing science first-hand, students were inspired to explore the internal logic of scientific development and think about the harmonious relationship between humans and nature!
Day 1: Phantom Robot Park
At present, the Phantom Robot Park is the only large-scale creative park with robots as its theme in China. It is also a robot training school. Here, the students describe their experiences excitedly. Wang Xinyi said: "Technology is so developed. The magic mirror Q and A in Snow White's fairy tale is brought to life here. Just now, a classmate asked the robot who the most beautiful person in the world is. The robot cleverly replied:" You are the most beautiful person in the world. ". It made the students convulse with laughter. This joyful atmosphere also got me thinking that science and technology is indeed the primary productive force. We should study harder daily, mastering our skills, and be trendsetters of our times. At the same time, we should be grateful to the school for its dedicated commitment to this type of education. This way of teaching through entertainment benefits us a lot.”
Day 2: Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park
Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park is a national Marine Science education base and leading company in breeding, conservation and medical care of marine and polar animals in China. It is divided into five major theme areas (Mermaid Bay, Polar Town, Ice and Snow Kingdom, Underwater Wonderland, Ocean Tribe), six animal exhibition venues and nine large-scale animal interactive performances: "Killer Whales", "Dolphin Adventure", "Love of White (Beluga) Whales", "Walrus hip-hop", "Mermaid Fairy Tale", "Coral and Jellyfish dance", "Ocean Dream", “Sea-Lion Express”, an ocean-themed float parade, a town party and a “Flying man” on water. Our students were also thrilled to experience the world's longest roller coaster – the Dolphin roller coaster – “Time Travel in the Ocean”. It takes you through time and space, with the help of amazing 360- degree holographic ocean simulation technology. The students explored the Antarctic Penguin Pavilion and the icebergs. In the underwater world, they could see the legendary "devil fish" (in fact, it's a large manta ray). One cannot fault the students, such as Zhou Chuni, who described their time at the park in their field-trip diary, with words such as: "rich, substantial, magical and mystical" to describe the feelings of the day.
The third day: Sunqiao Modern Agricultural Park
"Sunqiao Modern Agricultural Park is the nation’s first comprehensive modern agricultural development zone open for tourists in China. In this park, modern, high-tech technology is used to manage agricultural production. This gives agriculture a giant step forward towards modernization. The park is mainly composed of a glass hothouse, hydroponic cultivation area, seedling greenhouse, melon orchard, Male Honeybee garden, an agricultural exhibition hall and a Brazilian Insect Museum among others. Under the guidance of the tour guide, teachers and students seem to experience all four seasons, understand the laws of plant growth, and gained greater insight into the cycle between the blooming and falling of flowers: Although the results are brilliant, the learning process is of utmost importance. Student Hou Yaxin carefully recorded the experience: “When the flower wall appeared in front of me, I not only marveled at her beauty, but also understood that this way of planting flowers is space-saving AND beautiful. Teachers often say that if we look at problems from another angle, our life will be bright. Yes, indeed, life is full of learning.”
The three-day field trips were action packed- “Field study" in the daytime and "Research study" in the evening. This kind of learning mode allows students to pool their ideas, let their thinking float from the ocean to the sky, and leap from "farming life" to "robot restaurant". Our sincere desire is that students, through experiences such as these, can pursue their dreams and set sail, and finally take root. Let's wait for the flowers to bloom.