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Exploring science, one book at a time

With “heating” and “long johns” dominating search keywords, it’s clear that winter is coming. Despite the chill, students at Beijing Bowen School kept warm reading books with Beijing volunteers from Qualcomm Wireless Semiconductor Technologies Limited.

Qualcomm Wireless Semiconductor Technologies Limited Senior Engineer Wang Ying (Chilli) usually spends her time thinking about processors and modems, but recently, she took an afternoon to try her hand at being a teacher. Her job involves solving complex problems every day, but she found herself stumped when one student asked how water scorpions breathe underwater. Together, they used technology to find the answer through a Baidu.com search on her smartphone. 

“These kids are good at observing and discovering,” she said. “They’re always interested in the animals and plants they see around them. It was a great experience, and very informative for us too.”

Qualcomm is not only a global leader in tech, but also in giving back to communities through education. In 2015, the Qualcomm Foundation provided a grant to “The Library Project”, a nonprofit organization that donates books and builds libraries at underfinanced primary schools and orphanages in rural Asia. Believing that education can spark change, the Qualcomm Foundation has helped fund over 16 reading rooms in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Anhui Fuyang, and Bozhou—giving more than 8,000 children access to top-notch libraries and reading materials.

Qualcomm is also passionate about encouraging its employees to get involved with communities they serve. Volunteers like Wang Ying inspire the next generation to get into science through QCares activities like reading to students and cataloging books at schools such as Peiying Primary School and Xitun Primary School in Xi’an.

The Qualcomm Foundation has also funded the purchase of a wide range of books spanning numerous topics—from popular science texts like “The Secrets of Nature” to reading primers like “Literary Classics for Kids.”

“We hope these books can unlock the door to science and technology for these kids,” said Xu Hua, a senior engineering manager at Qualcomm (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.. “I’m proud of working at Qualcomm because it gives us the chance to not only create leading tech, but also to give something back.”

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