The report of the 20th Party Congress has pivotal arrangements for science, education and talent. Delegate Qi Xin from China Science and Technology Museum say this has given her a clear direction to work. Our reporter Liu Jiaxin spoke to her to learn more.
LIU JIAXIN CGTN Reporter "Nice to have you here, Mrs. Qi. As a science educator, what have you learned from the report of 20th CPC National Congress?
QI XIN Director, Exhibition and Education Center China Science and Technology Museum "What I was deeply moved by in the report was the commitment to people-centered development and the all-round promotion of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through Chinese-style modernization.
"I was particularly impressed by the pivotal arrangements for education, science and technology, as well as talent development. The report emphasizes that these three areas are the basic and strategic support for building a modern socialist country in an all-round way. In particular, it's been proposed the national capacity for science popularization should be strengthened, to carry forward the spirit of scientists. These aspects have given us science educators great excitement and encouragement, and a clear direction for the future."
LIU JIAXIN CGTN Reporter "President Xi said 'curiosity is human nature,' and 'the guidance and cultivation of scientific interest should be started from children.' I'm sure you've received a lot of young visitors, what have you done to cope with their curiosity?"
QI XIN Director, Exhibition and Education Center China Science and Technology Museum "In the spirit of Xi Jinping's instructions, we have been committed for more than 10 years to stimulating teenagers' interest in science and improving their skills and knowledge. Since its opening in 2009, China Science and Technology Museum has received more than 40 million visitors. The Science Museum's biggest feature is letting young people participate in the process of scientific exploration through interactive exhibits, discover and solve problems through practical activities, and form in-depth understanding of natural phenomena and scientific principles. Children who have come to visit can feel, learn, explore in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.
"We have also held a variety of educational activities, including exhibition guidance, scientific experiments, performance events linked to trending topics and cutting-edge technology activities, etc. We aim to stimulate the curiosity and imagination of children, and cultivate the potential of young people as scientists, rather than just popularize scientific knowledge."
LIU JIAXIN CGTN Reporter "The report says China will implement the strategy of rejuvenating the country through science and education. How would you like the museum to provide better science exhibitions for public?"
QI XIN Director, Exhibition and Education Center China Science and Technology Museum "We should transform the latest and most cutting-edge science and tech achievements in our country into forms that are easily understood and accepted by the general public. We should also let the public know what our goals are, what scientific mysteries are still waiting for us to discover and explore.
"In addition, we planned a series of science activities and courses for students. One of the most important ideas for our activities is to help guide children to ask questions. We often say: asking questions is more important than answering them. Before the start of each activity, we would collect questions from teenagers, and invite scientists, including academics and famous scientists in related fields to answer them. When the children received the letters signed by academicians and experts, they were very excited.
"We hope that through exhibitions, educational activities and online interaction, we can open the public's eyes and help them understand the infinite possibilities of science."