DETROIT, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Middle and high school students across Michigan are invited to test their knowledge of Chinese language, culture and geography during the fourth annual Michigan China Quiz Bowl, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Wayne State University.
The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 14, 2012, at the Frederick V. Pankow Center, 24600 F. V. Pankow Blvd. in Clinton Township.
Non-heritage Chinese language learners will compete in first- through third-year middle school divisions and first- through fourth-year high school divisions. Multiple teams of up to four students may represent each division for their school.
"The Michigan China Quiz Bowl has served as an enjoyable venue to motivate, recognize and celebrate Michigan students and their accomplishments," said John Brender, director of Wayne State's Confucius Institute. "Last year, we hosted 165 participants from nine schools. In 2012, we hope to have more join the excitement. It's a great opportunity for students and their respective schools."
The Confucius Institute also sponsors an art contest, which is judged during the event. Students are encouraged to enter posters, T-shirts and 3-D art projects. All entries must feature a dragon, this year's Chinese zodiac animal, and include at least four Chinese characters. Winners will receive certificates and gift cards, and be announced on the Wayne State Confucius Institute website.
Trophies featuring decorative Chinese teacups donated by the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan are presented to first- and second-place teams in each of the Michigan China Quiz Bowl divisions.
The Ann Arbor Chinese Traditional Music Ensemble will perform after the morning competitions and lunch will be provided to participants, coaches and volunteers.
Chinese language teachers must register their teams by Saturday, March 31. Additional information and registration forms can be found on the Wayne State University Confucius Institute website at http://clas.wayne.edu/ci/.
About the Michigan China Quiz Bowl
Based on the Michigan Japan Quiz Bowl sponsored by the Michigan Japanese Teachers Association since 1993, the Michigan China Quiz Bowl is a competition where teams from middle and high schools across Michigan test their knowledge of Chinese language and geography. A growing number of teams have entered the annual competition since its inception in 2009, with 165 students taking part in the 2011 event.
About the Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute is a center within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University whose mission is to promote Chinese language and culture to K-12 schools, the university community, and professional communities throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. Established in January 2008, the Confucius Institute, with the support of Hanban: Chinese Language Council International and Wayne State's partnering Chinese institution, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, provides a multitude of programs and resources that assist individuals and organizations in their pursuit of learning the Mandarin Chinese language and about Chinese culture.
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.
SOURCE Wayne State University