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Top Scientists Had a Dialogue with Talented Students, and Creative Ideas Continued to Emerge in the Tablecloth Discussion
Date: 2020-11-02
Source: Xinhuanet
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Beijing, November 2 (Xinhua)  In the morning of November 1, the 3rd World Laureates Forum saw an event “full of vitality” - WLF Teens in the Academy Forum. CAS members Yang Xiongli and Ma Dawei, CAE member Xie Youbai, and the academician of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada and academician of the Canadian Academy of Engineering Xu Zhenghe attended the forum as the representative of top scientists, and had a roundtable dialogue with 55 “little scientists” from 17 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across China.

The representative of “little scientists” sharing and displaying small subjects of scientific inquiry.

At the Forum, eight representatives of “little scientists” shared and demonstrated their work, including phased results in the process of scientific inquiry, and visions about science and future. Xie Ruiqi from Chongqing No. 11 Middle School shared a small topic Preliminary Tentative Research on the Influencing Factors of Examination Results based on daily observations. Through independent learning of online courses, he built a model of influencing factors and obtained the contribution of each factor.

Guo Qinsong form Concord Bilingual School in Pudong New Area demonstrating a self-made snake-shaped robot.

“I brought a treasure with me.” Guo Qinsong from Concord Bilingual School in Pudong New Area took out a snake-shaped robot from his school bag at the WLF Teens in the Academy Forum. He noticed in a rural survey that excessive use of pesticides is a common problem in agricultural production now, and that farmers mostly rely on personal experience to determine which kind of and how much pesticide to use. Therefore, he proposed Comprehensive Solutions for Excessive Use of Pesticides Based on GoogleNet and MATLAB to tackle this issue. “It took me about two months to make the snake-shaped robot. Now it can shuttle through the fields quickly and flexibly,” Guo Qinsong said confidently. Then he hung the robot around his neck, and stepped down from the stage. The sincere smile on his face instantly enlivened the atmosphere.

The “little scientists” showing hand-drawn mind maps.

The subsequent tablecloth discussion brought the forum to a new climax. The 55 “little scientists” were divided into 4 groups, and each group was led by a top scientist to discuss topics closely related to hot phenomena in scientific and social development.

“How do we define innovation in scientific research? How do research results at different levels promote scientific research?” “Before solving the problem, perhaps we should use big data to find out the existing problems and obstacles.” “What do you think about the development of computer science?” “Neural network models can also reflect the superiority of autonomous learning”... In 40 minutes, the “little scientists” were not constrained by the topic, and proceeded from their own advantages and research to conduct exchanges with their peers.