Oversea Student Startup Competition 2018
We are very proud to announce that we are the winner of the Oversea Student Startup Competition 2018 in ZheJiang, China. The winning prize is $2 Million Yuan ( around $350k USD ), enough funding for us to expand ourselves to the China Market. Block42 standout among 150 pitch competitors in the event.
Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang
The Event is organized by Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang ( Tsinghua is arguably the top University in China ). Together with the institute, we are bringing the latest STEAM education system to China, trying to explore different opportunities that we could collaborate, transforming Block42 into the curriculum that fits into the China education system.
Why is STEAM education drawing attention in China?
China's traditional school education placed a priority on knowledge required for passing university entrance exams, and there was no real focus on fabrication or creative arts. Given the declining work force resulting from a decreasing birthrate and aging population, there is growing recognition in China of the need for human resources capable of bringing about innovation through scientific and technical know-how as well as coming up with creative ways to boost the country's competitive edge on the world stage. To cultivate students capable of thinking and coming up with ideas by themselves, the Chinese government has been making moves to incorporate STEAM into the education system from elementary school through high school, to give school children exposure to scientific and technical know-how and creative ideas. There are not many trained STEAM professionals yet, so there are a lot of educational staff who are unsure of the best approach to take for teaching students.