In June and July of this summer, five GSSM students traveled to Shanghai and Beijing China to complete two SPRI research projects. These students lived for five weeks in the residence halls of the High School attached to Shanghai Normal University, GSSM’s Chinese sister school. Three of the students worked with researchers at the College of Charleston to analyze differences between US and Chinese consumer attitudes towards counterfeit good purchases. The two other students worked with GSSM Outreach staff to conduct teacher and student focus groups, tour Chinese laboratories, and conduct classroom observations to determine the professional development needs of Chinese high school teachers teaching STEM courses.
In addition to working full time conducting professional journal-quality research, the Govies spent weekends in the homes of Chinese families, visited local business executives, explored Shanghai life, and visited the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. The students were able to try real Henan, Sichuan, Shanghai, Beijing, Guizhou, and Cantonese food. The Chinese high school's Vice Principal, a tea aficionado, taught the students about the many varieties of Chinese tea and how to conduct a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. The high school's Director of Outreach took the Govies to the Shanghai textile district, where the students were measured for their own bespoke suits and dresses. At one point, the students were able to video-conference in to the Hartsville Rotary to discuss everything they were learning.
This program was created by Dr. Michael Newsome, GSSM’s Dean of Curriculum and Assessment and Mr. Randy LaCross, GSSM Vice President for Outreach.