During the National Day holiday, Shanghai Ocean University ushered in nearly 200 special "tourists." The group of “tourists” are all undergraduates. The furthest from the Xinjiang University of Tarim, which is nearly 5,000 kilometers away, has only one purpose: to create “villas” for the fish in the water.
Shanghai's first such event provides students with practical opportunities
“October to November of this year, Shanghai Ocean University hosted the fourth national aquarium landscaping skill contest for university students. This is the first time that Shanghai has hosted such a competition.” said Tan Hongxin, director of the school’s College of Fisheries and Life Sciences, and the competition uses current aquarium production. The mainstream landscape styles of Shijing, Mujing, Shimujing and Shuilujing are popular as the participating types.
"Aquarium landscaping means that in a limited space, we use aquatic plants, landscaping stones, and sink wood to design and lay out a complete ecosystem based on the living habits and characteristics of aquatic organisms and aquatic plants. The landscape," said Tan Hongxin, said, "For a college student, the difficulty of getting aquarium landscaping is not high. But if you want to make a quality product, you must have deeper theoretical and practical skills in aesthetics, biology, and materials science. It not only needs creativity, but also needs to consider how to achieve it: For example, when laying sand and planting plants, we must consider the buoyancy and flow of water, species of aquatic plants, and water quality. At the same time, we must consider that the cost of landscaping timber must not exceed the limit. After the completion of a conceptual work, it usually takes one day to complete.
It is reported that a total of 185 college students from 29 colleges and universities competed in the skills competition, which is divided into two stages: the evaluation of practical skills and the evaluation of the works. After the completion of the skills assessment, the athletes' works will be carefully maintained by the students of the Aquatic Science and Technology Department of Shanghai Ocean University. During the competition, the landscape player can contact the maintenance staff through QQ, WeChat and other network tools to adjust the maintenance plan in real time.
After January, the aquatic plants will basically grow and shape, and the contest will enter the evaluation stage of Jingjing works. "This competition strengthens students' professional and practical skills training, promotes students' hands-on skills and innovation capabilities through 'learning with competitions' and 'training with competitions' to further promote the practical teaching reform of aquatic products majors in various colleges and universities across the country, effectively increasing the relevance of aquatic products. The comprehensive quality of professional students and the quality of personnel training,” said Huang Xuxiong, dean of the College of Fisheries and Life Sciences at Shanghai Ocean University, said: “The maintenance work during the landscaping process provides excellent practical opportunities for students of the aquarium science and technology majors. At the same time, the concentrated display of nearly a hundred pieces of aquarium landscaping will also provide a rare platform for popular science education for primary and secondary school students and residents in LinGang area."
The fourth national aquarium landscape skill contest for college students. Photography Huang Yuying, Tu Wenhui
Basic skills, conservation and environmental protection have become important standards in the competition
To promote "artisan spirit" and pay more attention to students' basic skills in landscaping is the highlight of this competition. In the course of the competition, in order to encourage students to follow the principles of conservation and environmental protection in the process of landscaping, “material waste and reasonable use” and “tool consolidation” are used as the scoring standards. “The selection of materials, aquatic plants, and planting techniques for aquatic plants will all be the focus of the judges' consideration.” said Xu Can, a competition designer at Shanghai Ocean University.
It is understood that in the past, aquarium landscape competition, in order to pursue the performance of the real-time performance of the work, often glue glue method, so that plants appear to be in a prosperous state, but in this case, the landscape of aquatic plants can only maintain about 10 days. However, this year’s events emphasized that the aquatic plants should be finely planted. Like the transplanting of peasants, we must allow aquatic plants to be inserted in the mud and obtain sufficient nutrients and protection. This way the aquatic plants can take root and germinate, maintain the good state of the landscape for a long time, and make the landscape more permanent. .
At the same time, the competition system design of this competition is closely integrated with real life, and the actual operation of landscape design is highly restored. Each participating team will issue a simulation currency of RMB 3,000. Participants will go to different areas within the scope of this fund to purchase Chenmu, aquatic plants, stone materials, grass mud, and filter meshes. On the one hand, to ensure that each team participating in the competition has the same amount of cost, on the one hand, it also stimulates students to maximize their landscaping design within a limited range of resources.
Xu Can said that graduates of the aquarium science and technology majors will be engaged in aquascape-related work, and some students will also start a business directly. In real life, landscaping is a very “burning” job. The price of aquariums, timber, and stone materials is very high. The price of an aquarium is about 2,000 yuan. To do good landscaping, you must The cost is clear to the mind, this competition system design is also to allow students to establish the concept of innovation and entrepreneurship as soon as possible, learning to "early home, when a good home."
With the improvement of people’s living standards, the modern atmosphere of the city has become more and more intense, and people’s greenery has become less and less. More and more people fell in love with the aquarium landscape. “In recent years, aquarium landscaping has been sought after by Chinese people. Now that urban people lack the opportunity to get close to nature, ecological cylinders are still promising in the country, but professional aquascapers are still relatively lacking. Students use book knowledge in a lively manner. In practice, it is also a powerful complement to the landscaping market, said Liu Bo, the judge of the competition and the president of the Aquatic Landscape Branch of the China Fisheries Association.