After three months of hard work, 4 CTB teams from SIFC competed on the same stage with teams from 600+ high schools across the country and have successfully completed all online challenges. In the end, they won 8 awards and ready to enter the global competition! Among the hundreds of teams participating in the local CTB competition, only 3% will become qualified for the Global Finals.
Introduction of CTB
China Thinks Big 全球创新研究大挑战最早在2012年由哈佛商学院和清华大学经管学院学者联合启动，是以学术研究和社会实践推动创新的国际级别高中生创新挑战。CTB旨在通过学生自主探究的项目式学习（student-driven project-based learning）、项目研究和落地实践，锻炼高中生的核心素养和综合能力，看到更大的世界，并从小事着手身体力行积极的改变，从而强化其自主探究精神，提升大学接轨程度（college readiness）与创新能力，在全球化时代下拥有更开阔的本土情怀与国际视野。10年以来，CTB联合耶鲁、斯坦福、清华、北大等数十所国内外顶尖大学教授，诺贝尔奖、普利策奖得主与各领域专家学者，向世界范围华人中学生提出研究话题和创新挑战。
China Thinks Big (CTB) is a research and innovation challenge focused on social impact and implementation in your own community. With the help of comprehensive online training modules and mentorship to build the relevant and necessary skills, teams perform in-depth academic research on a topic of their interest - but it doesn’t stop there. CTBers are then prompted to implement their research ideas into an actionable plan where they have the opportunity to solve a real problem in their communities. CTB calls high school students from around the world to “Think Big, Start Small,” cultivate a breadth of critical skills, prepare them for research in higher education, and foster a new generation of bright future leaders. The ultimate goal of China Thinks Big is to empower participants to solve real world problems while learning critical research skills. CTB empowers teams to “Think Big,” exploring, analyzing, and combatting some of the world’s most complex problems. Students are provided with a diverse array of over 100 potential research topics that engage with the major social, economic, cultural, environmental, and technological challenges of the 21st century. Past student projects have tackled everything from reducing food waste from high school cafeterias to decreasing the negative impacts of social media on body image to addressing the mobility challenges of the visually impaired individuals.
CTB challenges participants to pursue projects that effect real, positive change in their communities. Teams take their big ideas and translate them into concrete actions. Teams first “Start Small,” applying their research directly in their local community. Past teams have chosen to run artistic initiatives, conduct public outreach, organize business ventures, start non-profits, create online platforms, and design new technologies. These are just a few of the possible effective project implementation strategies and encourage teams to get creative! Through trial and error, continuous re-evaluation and reflection, and perseverance, participants continue to hone and improve their solutions. Throughout this process, teams produce real, measurable community impact.
For the students, participating in CTB is definitely a valuable and significant journey in their life. In the follow-up articles, we will cover relevant CTB competition projects that students were involved in, and relay stories about those students' exploration, efforts, growth and gains in this challenge. Stay tuned!