Last week we had the honor of hosting Chinese educators who were visiting the Pacific Northwest through the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) – a collaboration between the University of Washington, Tsinghua University and Microsoft that provides a new model of experiential education and practice to develop leaders in innovation.

The group of educators included high school principals and representatives from Tsinghua University, a major research university in Beijing. They received a tour of Interlake High School, visited several classrooms and watched as students in one of the CTE classrooms using welding torches. They also visited a CTE greenhouse where students were tending to a living green classroom. The visiting educators were excited to note some of the similarities and differences between their learning environments in Beijing and at Interlake.


an instructor talking with visitors with GIX
students watering plants in a greenhouse
a student welding a metal guitar
Interlake Principal shaking hands with Vice President of Tsinghua University