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Tech Challenge

Massive thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and effort in the Tech Challenge. As you can see by the results above, it was an almost perfect afternoon for Xuanwu. Points were awarded: 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd. In the case of a tie, both teams were awarded the first place points.

Congratulations, Xuanwu, Taiping, and Wutaishan.

Please pass on any feedback through your Advisory so we can make Tech Challenge even better next semester. (Advisors: please send us an email with any feedback:

The Design Team



Screwdriver Amnesty

PYP Design Pit screwdrivers have been borrowed and not returned. If you have borrowed one of our screwdrivers, could you please return them, no questions asked 🙂



3pm – 6pm

Motu and Axis are serving food during the break

Come and hear about why we need inventions, tuning in to what we listen to, teaching empathy through reading, the Rainbow Project, networks of influence and more.

Register at the door at 2:30pm

50 RMB


NIS Girls Invent

Anneliese Gegenheimer is a former IBM computer scientist who has a passion for engaging girls in STEM based activities. She has set up a non-profit for this in her hometown of Chicago. Anneliese is currently studying at Johns Hopkins in Nanjing and will be leading a session 3 ASA for our girls in Grades 4 and 5.

Here are the details of the ASA:

ASA Title: NIS Girls Invent
ASA Description:
Do you like solving problems?  This after school activity is for the community of 4th and 5th grade girls who like finding creative solutions to problems in their community and are interested in learning more about the invention process.  Students will work individually or in small teams to create a prototype and pitch their ideas!
Venue: PYP Design Pit
Max # of Students: 25
Grade/s: 4th and 5th grade girls
Day of Week: Friday

We are looking for mentors. We want six women who can come and support the ASA for one session each (of course, you can come more often).  Anneliese is leading the ASA and I am supporting her, but we would love to have more hands on deck and are asking for you to volunteer 60 minutes of your time. No prep needed, just show up with enthusiasm. 

If you are interested, please let me know:


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