Children & Youth Science Center of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology
Our deepest greetings and gratitude to the staff of the CYSC of the CAST…
Thank you very much for your great efforts!
Who They Are
Children & Youth Science Center (CYSC), a non-profit organization affiliated to the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), was founded in 1978. CYSC is committed to engaging the public with science and technology and inspiring innovation in the younger generation through science education programs and public events. CYSC, together with provincial branches, science museums, and STE centers have made up a nationwide network for informal science education and science popularization events in China.
CYSC of the CAST BJ ICP Filing Number: 11018462-9
- Encourage young talents to pursue science careers and foster future scientists and engineers;
- Inspire children’s interests and curiosity in science and technology;
- Promote public science literacy; and
- Establish cooperation and partnership in science education and popularization.
Their programs are widely supported by government departments, social organizations, and foundations. CYSC appreciates partnerships with academic institutes, universities, and industries on high-quality science education and communication to achieve their missions. Together with governmental departments and organizations, CYSC makes all programs sustainable, successful and fruitful:
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Environmental Protection
- The Central Committee of Communist Youth League
- All-China Women’s Federation
- National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
- Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
- Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
- H. S. Chau Foundation
- Wu Chien-Shiung Education Foundation
- United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
- Society for Science and the Public (SSP)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
- Swedish Federation for Young Scientists
- Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
What They Do
CYSC has been committed to engaging the public with science and technology and inspiring innovation in the younger generation through science education programs and public events for decades. And they are also making efforts to offer the greatest opportunities for gaining international experience to both Chinese young scientists and their counterparts overseas.
AI for Youth
CHINA ADOLESCENTS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CONTEST
China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC) is jointly hosted by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Chinese Ministry of Education and some other relevant government departments and organizations. CASTIC is designed and organized for science-loving students aging from 12 to 20. After more than 30 years of history, CASTIC is built to be the most prestigious and biggest science contest for young scientists around all parts of the world in China. Annually about 500 Chinese young scientists and nearly 100 international participants from more than 20 countries and regions attend CASTIC with their own scientific projects in 13 science categories.
By 2019, CASTIC has been having sound connections and collaborations with various counterparts in the field of science education and science contest for young scientists among Asia, Europe, Africa, and America. They are including:
- AMAVET in Slovak
- Astra (Danish Science Factory)
- Brainycube, Nepal
- Big Bang Competition, UK
- BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, Ireland
- Ciencia Joven, Mexico
- Creative Industries of Austria
- Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies
- Engineering UK
- Estonian Research Council
- Federation of Association of Science and Technology (FAST), Italy
- Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg
- Hungarian Association for Innovation
- Indonesian Invention and Innovation Promotion Association (INNOPA)
- Indonesian Center for Young Scientists
- Ideasgym Education of Egypt
- International Science and Invention Fair
- Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
- Jugend Forscht of Germany
- Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC)
- Korea Science Service (KSS)
- Korea University Gifted Education Center
- Latin America Society for Science and Technology (SOLACYT)
- Lithuanian Centre of Non-Formal Youth Education
- Oguzhan Ozkaya Educational Institution-Umit Karademir Science Energy Engineering Fair (OKSEF)
- PakTurk Education Foundation
- Philippine Science High School
- Portuguese Youth Foundation
- Puerto Rico Metropolitan Science Fair
- Robotic Minds of Ecuador
- Science and Technology of EXPO and WOMEN of Kazakhstan
- Sciences à l’École, France
- Society for Science and the Public (SSP)
- Swedish Young Scientists Federation
- Step into Future of Russia
- The Research Council of Norway
- VPM’s Academy of International Education and Research
- Tunisia Association for the Future of Science and Technology
- Youth for Science Foundation, Tunisia
- Young Belgian Scientists
- Youth Science Canada
- Zimbabwe Science Fair
DISPLAY AND SAFETY REGULATIONS
The “Display and Safety Regulations” serves as operational guidelines for the China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC).
If a living organism is involved in the experiment, all scientific studies must be conducted to treat the living organism with ethics. Any hazardous substance is prohibited from display and exhibitors must protect the health and safety of the public and the environment.
III. DISPLAY AND SAFETY REVIEW
All exhibits must be examined pursuant to “Display and Safety Regulations”. The Organizing Committee will make a mark on the exhibit passing display and safety review. If any exhibit fails, please find the volunteer for help with checking and correcting.
IV. ITEMS PROHIBITED FROM DISPLAY
(I) For research on living organisms, prior permissions from the school biology teacher or research scientists are required.
(II) The following items are not allowed at Project or in Booth:
- Living organisms, including plants
- Soil, sand, rock, and/ or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
- Taxidermy specimens or parts
- Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
- Human or animal food as part of the exhibitor demonstration of the project
- Human/ animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
- Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or nonmanufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project, or display)
- All hazardous substances or devices (for example, poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers)
- Dry ice or other sublimating solids
- Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
- Flames or highly flammable materials
- Batteries with open-top cells
- Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Judging Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (for example, glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
- Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Judging Committee (for example, large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)
- Any inadequately insulated apparatus producing extreme temperatures that may cause physical burns.
(III) The use of logos including known commercial brands.
V. ITEMS RESTRICTED FROM DISPLAY
(I) Items allowed at Project or in Booth but with restrictions indicated:
- Soil, sand, rock, and/ or waste samples if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic.
- Photographs and/ or visual depictions if:
- They are not deemed offensive or inappropriate by the Judging Committee. This includes, but is not limited to, visually offensive photographs or visual depictions of invertebrate or vertebrate animals, including humans.
- They have credit lines of origin (“Photograph was taken by…” or “Image is taken from…”).
- They are from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, journals, etc., and credit lines are attached. (If all photographs/ images are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)
- Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points if for display only and not operated; machinery equipment can only be operated in compliance with the following regulations:
- Machinery equipment should only be operated by an exhibitor.
- The power supply must be turned “OFF” when it is not in use.
- Adequate measures should be taken to protect visitors.
- “Warning Labels” are required.
- Operation of Class 1 or Class 2 laser (below 1mW) must comply with the safety regulation of IEC 60825.
(II) Please DO NOT put any display object, equipment, apparatus package materials under the table or on the aisle. Please limit the display object within 15kg, and ONLY put it on the display table of your booth.
SPECIAL AWARDS ORGANIZATIONS IN CASTIC 2018
- Beijing Institute of Technology
- China Science Technology Education Magazine
- Chongqing Media Development in Science and Technology Limited by Share Ltd.
- Chongqing Open Class Magazine Co Ltd.
- Chongqing Sunray ChuangXin Education Technology Co., Ltd.
- Chongqing University
- Chongqing University of Science and Technology
- Chongqing University of Technology
- Chongqing Wutai Technology Limited Company
- DBAPP Security
- DF Robot
- Foundation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg
- Gao Shiqi Foundation of China Research Institute for Science Popularization
- Intel China
- Joinmax Digital Technology Ltd.
- Knowledge is Power Magazine
- Mao Yisheng Science and Technology Education Foundation
- Shanghai STEM Cloud
- Shanghai Wisdom Garden Scientific Equipment Co Ltd.
- Southwest University
- Southwest University of Political Science & Law
- Tunisian Association for Future of Science and Technology
- University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Education Foundation
- Federation of Association of Science and Technology (FAST), Italy
CARC and WARC
CHINA ADOLESCENT ROBOTICS COMPETITION (CARC)
Started in 2001, China Adolescent Robotics Competition (CARC) is an annual event for primary and secondary school students all over the country. Students design and build robots applying their knowledge in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Programing. In the meantime, they learn the skills of communication, teamwork and problem-solving which are not only rewarding right now but also proven paths to a successful career and brighter future. Each year, CARC attracts over 1400 young students and the winning teams are qualified for the international robotics competitions.
Belt and Road Teenager Science Camps
To support the Belt and Road Initiative – China’s proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries -unveiled by the Chinese President Xi Jinping-, China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China have jointly launched the Belt and Road Teenager Science Camps annually including Belt and Road Teenager Science Summer Camp and Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop since 2017. Those events aim to strengthen cross-cultural exchange, promote international understanding and inspire innovation in the young generation.
The camps give students the opportunity to cooperate with the best of their age at an international level, to share ideas and study cutting-edge knowledge in science labs of top schools in China through hands-on experience and teamwork under the guidance of experienced teachers.
Science education forum and teacher workshop are held for teachers to share the educational practice of different countries and learn skills of stem education.
Belt and Road Teenager Science Camps also include diversified cultural and scientific programs including Chinese cultural experience and various visits.
By now, Belt and Road Teenager Science Camps have built sound connections and collaborations with associated organizations in the field of science education among Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. They are including:
- Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) (with agreements)
- IAP Science Education Programme (IAP SEP)
- The Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW)
- Networking of African Science Academies (NASAC)
- Australia: Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
- Cambodia: Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports
- India: Vidya Prasarak Mandal(VPM)
- Indonesia: SEAMEO QJTEP in Science
- Iran: Curriculum and Textbooks Development Office, Ministry of Education
- National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET)
- Kazakhstan: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Malaysia: Academy of Sciences Malaysia
- Myanmar: Brainworks Group of schools
- Philippines: Philippine Science High School
- Singapore: Ministry of Education
- Sudan: Future University of Sudan
- The Association of Arab-Chinese Friendship Societies
- Thailand: National Science Museum (NSM) Thailand
- Tunisia: Youth for Science Foundation
- Turkey: Ankara Pursaklar Fen Lisesi
- Ukraine: Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- Vietnam: National Institute for S & T Policy and Strategy Studies
BELT AND ROAD TEENAGER SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP
The Belt and Road Teenager Science Summer Camp， held in Chongqing, China in Aug. 14th-20th, 2018 along with the 33rd China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC)， is aimed to strengthen communication and cooperation between China and countries along the belt and road, and also inspire innovation in the young generation in this region. This year’s event attracted nearly 120 teenagers and science teachers from 18 countries.
THE 2ND BELT AND ROAD TEENAGER MAKER CAMP AND TEACHER WORKSHOP
Themed on “Science Unites, Innovation Decides”, this year’s event was held in Beijing, China on Nov. 15-21 2018 and attracted more than 350 teenagers, science teachers and representatives from 33 countries and international organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, America, and Oceania. Please contact Ms. Yang Feng (firstname.lastname@example.org) for next year’s participation.
On March 2018, Emily Xu and Bethan Padbury both competed in the Big Bang Competition, UK and came away with amazing prizes. Emily won the coveted GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year title for her research project on separating enantiomers (mirror image molecules) using metal-organic frameworks, and Bethan won the Senior Engineering prize with her model generator which serves as a teaching tool for classrooms.
On August 2018, they were given the opportunity to represent the UK at the China Adolescents Science & Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC), in Chongqing.
They caught up with them to find out about their experience.
Hi! Can you tell us a little bit about CASTIC?
Emily Xu: ‘Bethan and I presented our research projects, the same ones we presented as part of The Big Bang Competition, alongside young scientists and engineers from 42 other countries and we were judged by industry and subject experts.
‘I was lucky enough to come back with one of the first place awards.’
Bethan Padbury: ‘By the end of the week, we made friends with people from all over the globe and received awards for our projects based on the judges’ collated scores and special judging.
‘I received one of the second place awards along with one of the Gao Shiqi special prizes for disseminating science.’
How did you feel going over to China for these awards?
BP: ‘I felt the experience was so surreal as I’d never expected being offered an opportunity like this. Emily and I both had an immense feeling of pride to be able to represent our country as young women in STEM on such a platform.’
EX: ‘We were also extremely excited to meet so many other young people from around the world who are passionate about STEM. It was slightly daunting at first, but everyone was so talented and had amazing projects so it was a great experience.
‘Neither Beth nor I came to the competition thinking we would win an award but just wanted to make the most of the once in a lifetime opportunity and have fun.’
Why is it important to you to win this award?
EX: ‘The most important part of winning one of the first place awards, was doing so as a young woman.
‘One thing Beth and I noticed was the gender imbalance at the competition, and the lack of women STEM representatives. It is very important to us to use our achievements to create a platform for other young girls to see all the different STEM opportunities available and how success in STEM is achievable.’
BP: ‘Yes, going into CASTIC I hadn’t contemplated receiving an award for my project. I wished only to take the opportunity to connect with other scientists and enjoy the experience.
‘I hope this award shows success is not determined from your starting position and this is a time when women in STEM can succeed.’
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
EX: ‘I just got into Imperial College to study Chemical Engineering, with a Kingsbury Scholarship. This will give me the freedom to expand my exposure in chemical engineering industries and gain more experience. Hopefully, in the next four years, I will achieve my degree.
‘Alongside this, I hope to use my experiences to create a platform for young people and girls so that they can see how accessible opportunities are.’
PB: ‘I hope to achieve a masters degree in Physics which I will be studying towards at Loughborough University. I’d like to gain experience in different industries to explore more career opportunities.
‘Ultimately, I hope to be in a position where I can help facilitate the changes I wish to see within the future of science.’
What or who in the past has inspired you?
EX: ‘Many people have inspired me to work hard and to get to where I am. My parents worked really hard when I was a child to give me and my siblings the best chance that they could – they both studied at university and worked jobs whilst bringing up 4 children under the age of 5.
‘My dad taught me maths so that I could get into James Allen’s Girls’ School, my secondary school, on a bursary. He has given me the work ethic and mindset that with the combination of hard work, effort, and luck, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.
‘Additionally, when deciding what to study at university, a family friend told me that science isn’t the place for a woman. This made me determined to not just pursue an education in STEM, but to achieve as much as I could in STEM.’
PB: ‘I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing female STEM teachers who have set an example for me, particularly at A level education. They have always inspired me to achieve in science and provided incredible support throughout my school life.’