Country for the young - 7 years after SEEDed
Over the Easter Break, I flew back to China and visited a SEED school for the first time.
Town of Linji, Qionglai County, Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China.
An integrated 9-year school that holds 1,300+ primary and middle schoolers. 60% of their graduates pursue further education.
Located in an underdeveloped part of the country, the majority of the households in town are in agriculture. Tea and oranges are the main produce. Below 10% of the students have computers at home, even less with internet access.
Outside the computer lab of 125th SEED connected school.
To learn more about the SEED Connectivity Grant Program (now School Network Program) and the 265 SEED connected schools worldwide, visit http://www.planetseed.com/location
In session: 4th graders learning abut the Windows operating system.
For the past 7 years, a few hundred students had their first exposure to a PC and internet here, thanks to SEED SNP. The school has been very grateful to receive this generous support from SEED and is taking good care of the equipment. Meanwhile, with the exponential growth in computer technology, facility maintenance staff at school find many components obsolete when they go to the market for replacement after a long period of use. At the time of my visit, only 29 out of the original 55 PC’s were still functioning, and 2 or 3 students were sharing each machine.
Students from Class 9-1 ran a brief collaborative work shop "Fruit Power" with our SEEDkit (http://www.planetseed.com/seedkits/fruit-power). Two teams of two challenged each other to shine the LED brightest.
It was great fun! I flashed back to my middle-school days while the boys were busy beating each other’s score. Despite my effort, much to my dismay, girls in the class were too shy to step up and build their circuit.
The students could all memorize the activity series of metals, while it took a while to connect the fruit batteries in sequence and build up voltage.
I also noticed that even the brightest of students weren’t much of experimentalists. It might be because the school didn’t have a dedicated lab or many lab appliances. Some basic lab sessions will help advance their understanding significantly.
After the match, everyone is eager for a SEED tattoo!
The Old County and Its New Beer
P.S., trivia about Qionglai County (where the school is located): it was the first in recorded history to have discovered and utilized natural gas.