Songjiang students’ innovation competition attracts more participants this year

The 14th Songjiang Students’ Science and Technology Innovation Competition was concluded recently at the Experimental High School of East China Normal University.

More than 600 students from 50 middle and primary schools in the district joined the competition.

The competition, covering natural as well as social sciences, was able to collect 339 pieces of innovation works this year, compared with last year’s 256.

Difficulties or obstacles in life are the main inspiration. Chen Enjia from Chedun School invented a pair of gloves that would protect fingers when using a kitchen knife. She completed the work under the teacher’s guidance.

Wang Wei, a senior student from the Experimental High School, made an automatic parking system that would save a lot of time and prevent collision during parking. She referred to relevant literature and did certain field research in the busy streets before the system took shape.

Experts from Shanghai Ocean University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Donghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University examined the works and selected the finalists.

The science and technology innovation education has been making rapid progress in recent years, said Yang Zhigen, a judge from Shanghai Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Teenagers always have good ideas and many of the projects have the potential to be refined and further developed, Yang added.