清澜山学校TsinglanSchool：G1&G2 Scientific Journey to the Guangzhou Science Center
A Trip of a Lifetime
On Tuesday April 11, 2023, the grade 1 and grade 2 students had the great opportunity to travel to Guangzhou to spend a fun-filled day learning at the Guangzhou Science Center.
The science center is the biggest science museum in the world and display numerous exhibits that offer interactive learning to help engage students of many ages.
The grade 1 students were eager to learn and show what they have been learning in science class. We were able to further our understanding of natural and man-made resources, living and non-living things, sources of energy, the solar system, and the human body.
One exhibit showed the students how we get energy from the sun, and the first-grade students were eager to tell the museum guide that the sun gives us Vitamin D.
In one of the exhibits, students were able to expand their previous knowledge of natural resources. Seeing a visual representation of energy helped further their understanding. The first-grade students were able to explore other forms of energy, and were eager to learn about wind and water energy sources.
First-grade students also had the opportunity to learn about robotics and how new energy sources are being created. The robots on display were able to help foster an engagement in engineering and mechanics for our young learners. A favorite activity was being able to watch the robots play checkers and soccer.
We finished our trip with homeroom meetings where we talked about what we learned. The first graders each made their own memories and many different activities stood out to them. Each student had a unique experience and left with an eagerness to learn and to keep asking questions.
During their study trip, our Grade 2 students embarked on an unforgettable scientific journey to the Guangzhou Science Center.
It was an incredible opportunity for them to witness the science lessons, they had been learning in class, come to life. At this age, children are naturally curious about the world around them, and making a visit to a science museum was an excellent opportunity for them to finally explore and engage in hands-on learning.
The center's various galleries ignited the students' imagination by showcasing the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, and math that has shaped our lives in countless ways.
The interactive exhibits on magnets, energy, water, the human body, space, and technology allowed the second graders to ask questions and relate it to content covered in class. The students could also explore the properties of the sun, the moon's phases, and the solar system's vastness. It was a truly inspiring experience that left a lasting impression on all of them.
Yufan (G2-3): “Submarines work when it sucks in water and goes deep down. When it wants to float up, it spills out water.”
Mia (G2-4): “I learned that water can generate light. Water can make energy.”
Thanks to these hands-on experiences, the students returned to the classroom with a newfound appreciation for scientific processes. They are also are eager to learn more and explore the world from a different perspective.
The Guangzhou Science Center study trip was a thrilling adventure that undoubtedly sparked our young learners' lifelong passion for science.