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Advocacy for innovation education in China through Intel Schools of Distinction project. Enshan LIU Beijing Normal University May, 2011. Agenda. The Program Background SODA program in China Goals of SODA in China Criteria for SODA School in China Judge Procedure Training & Exchange

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advocacy for innovation education in china through intel schools of distinction project

Advocacy for innovation education in China through Intel Schools of Distinction project

Enshan LIU

Beijing Normal University

May, 2011

  • The Program Background
  • SODA program in China
    • Goals of SODA in China
    • Criteria for SODA School in China
    • Judge Procedure
    • Training & Exchange
  • Next steps
background 1 school education reform launched in 2001
Background 1School Education Reform launched in 2001
  • Nationwide science education reform focus on developing students’ scientific literacy.
    • To develop students' curiosity, interest and desire for science & engineering;
    • Refresh course content on science subjects
    • Develop & implement new teaching materials curriculum focus on inquiry activities.
    • PBLs (problem-based learning & project-based learning) as a part of curriculum in many schools.
background 2 castic intel isef
Background 2CASTIC & Intel ISEF
  • CASTIC(China Adolescents Science & Technology Innovation Contest)is the highest level national science fair for students, which had been held from 1982 to 2010.
    • About 10 millions students take part into CASTIC related science fair every year.
    • CASTIC became affiliation of Intel IESF from 2001.
    • CASTIC Recognition just focused on students & teachers, not involving schools before 2010.
innovation education in china

Innovation Country

Capable Human Resource


Innovation Education in China

350 thousand


for elementary, junior & senior students

179 million


in elementary, junior & senior middle school

10 million


in elementary, junior & senior middle school

intel schools of distinction soda background
Intel Schools of Distinction (SODA) Background
  • US based program.
  • Recognizes schools for implementing innovative math and science programs in K-12 school:
    • USD 1 million in grants and awards to winning schools
    • 6 winning schools selected out of 18 finalists
    • Gala event in Washington, D.C. in October to recognizes top winning schools and honors the top winning school, the “Star Innovator”
goals of soda in china
Goals of SODA in China
  • Drive the development of nationwide innovation of science education focuses on school practice.
  • Recognition and encourage school science and technology education practice in PBLs.
  • Offer more opportunity for:
    • exchange ideas and experience on science teaching between SODA and other schools;
    • science teachers for professional development for SODA schools.
    • Other school principals & administrators to concern different way of improving science education;
criteria for soda school in china
Criteria for SODA School in China
  • All of criteria focus on:
    • Students’ performance on PBLs
    • The quality and variety of science and technology courses valuable to students
    • Inquiry and PBL Teaching strategy
    • Professional development for science teachers
    • Leadership
    • Infrastructure & investments for STEM.
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Professional development

Criteria for SODA School in China




judge procedure
Judge Procedure


Top ten

All criteria

Final judge

Visit the 1th to 10th school of the list, & also other candidates if necessary

Visit checklist

Interview outline


School visit

Application material judge


Rubric for application materials

candidates list involving 33 schools in order

Province judge

144 schools from different provinces

step 1 application materials judge
Step 1:Application materials judge

According to the rubric, science educators judge the application materials from the candidate schools.

Priority give to:

Students’ & teachers’ performances in PBLs and science fairs;

STEM curriculum & teaching materials developed by school.

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Step 1:Application materials judge

We consider following:

Awards earned by students and teachers;

Curricula and activities implemented in the school;

Curricula and activities beyond classroom are the most indispensable.

step 2 school visit
Step 2: School Visit
  • To see what is reality happened in the classroom,
  • Receive qualitative data about the school innovation education and its impacts on students, the learning outcomes.
  • During this step, experts give more priority to:
    • For each curriculum and lesson plans, how does the process of development, implementation, reflection, and revise keep going on?
    • Students’ reflection on science courses and their projects,
    • Is there a meaningful experience available for other schools.
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Step 2: School Visit
  • Data collection mainly from:

Students’ interview

Curricula documents

Teachers’ interview

Policy/regulations documents

Principle’ interview

step 3 final judge recognition
Step 3: Final judge & Recognition

Organize all the material & data collected

Choose two stars school in top ten

Summary characteristics & replicable

well mechanism of each winning school

& afford feedback to these schools.


Beyond the Recognition

  • 국가 지식정보 자원관리의 비전과 목표

Improvement and Inspiration

Teacher, Principal









Inquiry workshop for teachers from elementary and secondary schools

Focus on : teaching science through inquiry and PBLs approaches


Communicate with U.S. SODA winning school

Focus on : instruction mode for excellent students in innovation


case study
Case Study
  • Share successful experiences among domestic winning schools
  • Focus on : how to guide students doing science and engineering projects.
school background
School Background
  • A Rural school with 110 years history. 1883 students and 98 teachers;
  • Innovate in technology · Dream the future
  • Conduct Science Education in 3 ways:
    • Effective classroom teaching 
    • Fruitful afterschool science and technology related activities;
    • Fostering scientific research talents
effective classroom teaching
Effective Classroom Teaching 
  • Integrate the education of STEM with the Curriculum Reform;
  • integrate the four areas of work skills, social investigation and social practice, and research-oriented learning in integrated practical activity;
  • Integrate the science concept into other courses
after school activity
After school Activity
  • “afterschool activities”: scientific inventions and papers that must be achieved through investigation, visit, research, experiment and creation out of class.
  • Integrated practical afterschool activities are the main source of innovation with the knowledge learnt from classroom
fostering scientific research talents
Fostering scientific Research Talents
  • Focus on the development for both teachers and students;
  • Solve the problem in real life through the scientific thinking;
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School Background
  • The tier 1 school in China;
  • 4750 students, 400 teachers;
  • Science education philosophy: Cultivating the student’s innovation consciousness and skills has to be prescient and of high quality from the start. Equip today’s students with tomorrow’s technologies and give them access to the leading-edge technologies during the years when they have the strongest desire for knowledge and enthusiasm for innovation.
stem is
  • An important means to foster innovation awareness and special skills
  • An important part of curriculum reform and teaching quality improvement efforts
  • An important way to drive the growth of the school and its faculty
the stem curriculum
The STEM curriculum
  • Curriculums are used as the vehicle of science education ,offers nearly 90 national optional courses and over 210 school optional courses, 80 of which are science or technology-related.
  • Unique curriculums: invention and creation, popular science, scientific research, intelligent robots, astronomical observation and practice.
  • Leverage resource from the community, parents and alumni;
through the stem
Through the STEM:
  • Self-motivated and exploring learning
  • Rationale and procedures
  • Communication skills
looking forwards
Looking forwards
  • Enhance the program awareness to more schools;
  • Influence other schools through the case studies and sharing from winning schools;
  • More exchanges with US SODA winning schools and other schools;
contact information
Contact information
  • Enshan LIU:
  • Yubin ZE, Principal of Yuxin Elementary School:;
  • Hailing WANG, Deputy Principal of High School Attached to Renmin University: