Winter 10-week course dates (tenatative): January 4 to March 21, 2020 (with holiday break)
Tuition: $3,000 USD
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Technologies Changing the World: Design Thinking into Action
Stanford University is offering a new distance-learning opportunity to exceptional high school students in China. This interactive, synchronous, online course will focus on technologies changing the world, including green tech, finance tech, health tech, and artificial intelligence. In real-time seminars with leading Stanford University scholars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, students will participate in a rigorous learning experience as they learn and apply aspects of the Design Thinking framework to cutting-edge technologies that are defining our future and providing exciting areas for academic study, professional opportunities, and entrepreneurial innovation.
This English-language course will explore green tech, finance tech, health tech, and artificial intelligence; identify related challenges; and brainstorm innovative solutions. As a final project, students will delve into an area of personal interest in one of the technology fields to develop a prototype pitch with real-world impact. Students will also have an opportunity to collaborate virtually with American students.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University. The top three students in the winter course will be invited to a final pitch and ceremony at Stanford University.
Students will also gain practical, academic skills:
- Pre-recorded, university-level lectures by leading scholars from Stanford University offer practice listening to a variety of lecturing styles
- Real-time discussions led by guest lecturers familiarize students with the dynamics of classroom participation in schools such as Stanford University
- Short writing assignments improve critical thinking skills
- Exposure to the Design Thinking framework introduces a creative-thinking process and hands-on, problem-solving practice
- Prototype pitches require students to investigate a suitable project, collaborate with colleagues in China and the U.S., develop compelling slides, and practice English presentation skills
Course components emphasize active participation and development of student interests:
- 10 “virtual classes” online in real time on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am Beijing time
- Weekly pre-recorded lectures by leading scholars from Stanford University
- Weekly reading assignments of varying length and difficulty
- Required online discussion of readings with peers
- Short writing assignments reflecting on readings and lectures
- Prototype pitch on a course technology topic of the student’s choice (with instructor guidance)
- Online interaction with high school students in the United States
- Direction, facilitation, and support from the instructor throughout the course
Admission to this program is competitive; up to 30 exceptional high school students will be accepted. Requirements include:
- Enrollment in grades 10, 11, or 12 (高1 – 高3) in a high school in China with exceptional academic experience
- Ability to read, write, and discuss complex ideas in English
- A complete application including written personal statements, excellent recommendations from school faculty, official transcripts, and availability for in-person interviews
- Availability for all or most of the virtual classes on Saturday mornings
- Ability to allot 3–4 hours per week for class preparation and assignments, on student’s own schedule
- Use of a personal computer, headset, and reliable access to a broadband Internet connection
Email questions to Carey Moncaster, Stanford e-China Instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.