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DDC 2019 Summer Courses in the British School of Beijing, Sanlitun

DDC is offering their Summer Courses at the British School of Beijing, Sanlitun from 5th to 14th August, 2019! Please see an introduction to the courses below.


DDC is a high-end educational institution offering academic camp that provides STEM, Humanity and Art courses taught in English for primary and secondary school students in China.

- Focusing on improving core competencies of future talent in the 21st century, including critical thinking, learning to learn, practice and innovation, informatization competency, cross-cultural communication, team work, collaboration and responsibility, etc.

- Captivating courses are developed by top academic institutions, such as MIT, and senior experts.

 - Instructors with rich experience in gifted education are from abroad and rigorously selected. 

- All courses taught in English are interdisciplinary, inquiry-based, and in small class with substantial hands-on experiments, group discussion and field trips, etc. 

- Students have strong academic background and good command of English language. 

- Academic camps are hosted in top international schools with modern facilities and internationalized management services. 

Solar Engineering (Grades 1-2)


Students will take the first steps towards understanding what resources are renewable and non-renewable. How we use energy and what solar energy is. Students will spend the three weeks engaged in hands-on, minds-on activities. Students will also learn about the misunderstanding of the sun. At the same time, they will deeply learn the tools of the ancient timekeeping and make the sundial.

Students need to fully understand the effects of solar thermal energy and learn to predict temperature changes caused by solar thermal energy in the sun and shadows. They will also participate in the ice melting competition, using the knowledge of energy conversion to further learn the different methods of energy conversion and energy storage. Students will learn how to use solar energy for desalination, through which, the concepts of evaporation, condensation and so on would be obtained. Students will also learn how energy is converted from the sun to the photovoltaic panels and make their own solar cars. 

World Geography(Grades 2-3


Does it really matter where we live?  How does physical environment (the location of water, mountains, heat and cold) affect the development of cultures?  Could China be China if it was located somewhere else?  In this course, students will explore the five core themes of geography, including location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region.  Students will learn about absolute and relative location. They will inquire as to the physical and human characteristics that lead to the development of cultures, including landforms, waterways, people, climate, languages, communication, and transportation. 

As geographers, students will investigate the cause and effect of human interaction with the environment. In addition, students will explore the concept of movement. They will research how and why people move from one location to another. Students will uncover geographical questions of their own selection and engage in hands-on learning experiences rich with reading, writing, mathematics, and more.

Magic Chemistry (Grades 3-4)


In this course, students will learn fundamentals of chemistry like the Periodic Table of Elements, chemometrics, chemical equilibrium, pH value, oxidation and reduction reactions, etc. Through magic chemical experiments students will deeply understand and acquire the corresponding chemical knowledge. For example, students will learn the concepts of protons, atoms molecules and other basic elements by making "ice cream” by hand, measuring the mass of matches, and calculating the reaction time. Students will measure liquids, such as milk, apple juice, orange juice and hand sanitizer by using PH test paper, to learn the knowledge of acid-base neutralization and reaction etc.

Students will learn the skills of chemistry experiments through many hands-on practices: such as how to raise high-quality questions to proceed in-depth research, how to design and implement scientific experiment following the questions raised, how to observe and record the experiments at macro and micro levels, and how to draw a conclusion based on scientific analysis of the experiment results.

Astronomy (Grades 3-4)


This STEAM study of astronomy incorporates the history, art, science, mathematics, and engineering of human interaction within the limitless universe.  In this course, students will move from Earth through the solar system to our galaxy and beyond. Balancing the human stories, folktales, and myths explaining the sky with scientific discovery, students will participate in STEM activities exploring the scale of the solar system, moon systems, force and acceleration, rotation and revolution, and balloon rockets. Students will learn about constellations and design their own. They will participate in inquiry and research living conditions beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, comparing conditions on each planet and within spacecraft, including controlled environmental life support.  Students will explore such topics as dark matter, black holes, zero gravity, birth and death of a star, quasars, and more.

As astronomers, students will investigate the cause and effect of human interaction with the features of astronomy and space over time.  In addition, students will explore the principles of physics as they relate to space and the tools of astronomy. Within the context of astronomy, students will engage with topics of personal interest using music, art, movement, and oral expression to represent their hands-on learning experience rich with reading, writing, and speaking. 

RocketryGrades 4-5


 It’s time to blast off!  Design, build, and launch different kinds of rockets in this hands-on course!  students will build the balloon rocket to explore the law of air thermodynamics, use foam board to build rockets and continue to debug the design model to achieve optimal emission effect. Students will launch the rockets with egg contained and ensure its safe landing.  At the same time, students will learn to design and annotate their own "engineering notebook", record their rocket designs and launch progress, as well as a thinking map that shows the progression from the idea, to design, to model, and finally, to the launch pad. 

Another focus of the course is the technology involved in rocket separation, electronic circuits, photographic tracking, and delayed deployment of aerospace. Meanwhile, students will work collaboratively to produce a wonderful video to record the complete process of rocket production, installation, launch, and landing.

Fundamentals of Electronics (Grades 5-6)


Get a hands-on education in what goes on inside the world of electronics! In this course different sensor, logic and output “Doo-Bobs” will be used to explore electronics from input to output, and to interact with heat, light, sound and touch, among other things. Students will understand the fundamentals of circuit design and how they can be used in different ways to make circuits that do a variety of things. They will leave with the knowledge, parts, and skills to create their own electronic projects at home.

The “Fundamentals of Electronics” module features three doo-bobs, or circuit boards, that the students will assemble and use to create circuits. The three doo-bobs are the Driver Doo-Bob, the Sensor Doo-Bob, and the Brain Doo-Bob. Each doo-bob comes with its own challenges, and we have attempted to explain in detail how to overcome specific anticipated issues and how to correct specific misconceptions students may have. Students will be able to: solder, make a simple electronic circuit, create complex circuits using multiple circuit boards, use electronics to gather data about their environment, understand simple analog designs, understand simple digital designs, understand digital logic, create and complete a project of their own.

Mathematics in Codebreaking (Grades 6-7)


Dashes and dots, mysterious pictures, or number sequences all strung together to form a puzzle that only a few can solve…what does it mean??? Cryptography, originating from Greek kryptós, "hidden, secret" and graphene, "writing", so it is literally hidden secrets in writing!  This course includes both classic and modern cryptography. Students will learn the history of cryptography and the principles and application of classic cryptography, including Caesar Cipher, substitution cipher, and Vigenere Cipher. Students will use their knowledge of cryptology to design their own cipher wheels to send a message that only they understand—unless someone else can crack the code!

Modern cryptography covers many subject areas like mathematics, computer science, and engineering, and includes core knowledge of information theory, statistics, combinatorics, abstract algebra, number theory, and more. Students will learn the Rivest–Shamir–Adleman (RSA) encryption algorithm which is widely used in current business.  They will also decode the most famous cryptographic machine, Enigma, designed and used by the German army in World War II, which offers ten thousand trillion possibilities. Come join this course in mathematics and mystery!

Finance and Investment (Grades7-9)


Much of the world’s finances is controlled or influenced by the stock market.  Understanding the principles that are used in the market are essential for anyone who wants to understand personal, national, and international economies.   In this course, the history, current operation mechanism and trading rules of most influential stock exchanges in the world will be introduced, including New York, London, and Hong Kong stock exchanges. 

Students will learn the basic theories and concepts of macroeconomics and financial investment, involving analysis and prediction of the world economy, focus to be emphasized on industry analysis, theory and practice of investment decisions, portfolio management as well as operation analysis of listed companies through their financial reports. Moreover, they will learn how to view business ethics and social responsibilities from the perspective of an investor.  

DDC 2019 Beijing Summer Talented Youth Program















(3 weeks)

Fairy Tales and STEM

Digital Storytelling

Kinetic Sculpture




Artistic Ways of Knowing

Academic Writing &Vocabulary

Genetics II



The Wizard of OZ


(3 weeks)

Fundamental STEM

Creative Writing

Science + Math=Art

Genetics I


Mock Trials


Upper SSAT Preparation

(Verbal and Writing)









Algebra + AMC 8

Advanced algebra + geometry + AMC8-10




(10 Days)

Solar Engineering

World Geography

Magic Chemistry -----------


Fundamentals of Electronics

Mathematics of Codebreaking


Finance & Investment




(3 weeks)

DDC & Vassar College:Sound and Identity/The Screen Artist/Psychology of Living Rhythms

"G" refers to Rising Grade Level.

Accommodation is optional for students above Grade 3.

School bus service is available.


➢ All courses are taught in English; students should have equipped with strong English academic ability;

➢ Students who love thinking and learning have team spirit, exploring spirit and are able to adapt to the Group living environment.


TEL:400 888 0382

Ming:185 1038 7515