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Source:       Author: Shanghai Daily      Public Time: 2017-06-08

Xu Zhelin, 10, one of the 30 Little Future Science Stars, presents a shuttlecocks collector he designed.

SCIENTIFIC projects are not only for college or high school students, but children of even younger age can also enjoy the fun of science and innovation.


A total of 30 primary school students were entitled as the city’s Little Future Science Star in Children's Palace of China Welfare Institute at Friday afternoon.


The Little Future Science Star program targeting at children aged between six to 12 was set up in 2015 to inspire the kids’ interest in science, improve their innovation capability and promote science education. It is also a younger version of the Shanghai Future Science Star program, which targets at teenagers in high schools.


In the second year of the program, it attracted nearly 10,000 applications from more than 100 kindergartens and primary schools citywide, with 170 finalists received further trainings and workshops before presenting their final works in the competition.


To attract more younger children, the program this time also set up a sci-fi painting session, so that even kindergarten kids can use their imagination and express their innovative ideas in the paintings.


On the other hand, elder students are encouraged to express their ideas in more specific designs or even build up an actual product.


"I like to play badminton, but it is tiresome that I have to pick shuttlecocks during the training," said Xu Zhelin, a 10-year-old boy from a primary school in Baoshan District. "As I'm a member of the school's 3D printing club, I think why not use the 3D printing technology to make a device that can pick and collect the shuttlecocks automatically."


Xu was one of the 30 young prize winners for his shuttlecocks collector.