Thousands of local students take part in a meteorology contest

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A sketch of meteorology symbol

Thousands of local students take part in a meteorology contest

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Weather data recorded in a weather log.

Children in Shanghai showed great interest in meteorology, and thousands of students participated in the city’s first campus meteorological science competition, the local meteorological bureau said Monday.

Forty-four thousand students from around 300 primary and secondary schools across the city participated in the competition, which included sketches of weather symbols, weather forecasts and weather logs.

Two hundred and ninety-six students won individual awards, 23 schools won outstanding organizational awards, and 28 teachers were named outstanding instructors.

“The contest was a good opportunity for the students to show off their talents,” said Zhang Weimin, one of the evaluation experts and an official of the China Meteorological Society. “While learning meteorology, the young candidates applied what they learned in school while increasing their confidence and broadening their horizons.”

According to the local weather bureau, the contest served to advance the nation’s “double discount” policy, designed to ease the burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring while promoting overall student development.

With the help of local weather authorities, 31 local schools have built weather stations on campus.

Thousands of local students take part in a meteorology contest

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A participant in the weather news program talks about the processes of formation of precipitation.

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