At Shu Ren International School, experiential learning and curriculum is an essential component of making the IB and Mandarin immersion environment come alive for our students and their families. We define experiential learning as any opportunity for a student to link their classroom lessons, knowledge, and skills with events, individuals, or experiences outside of the traditional classroom format. Our experiential learning opportunities also pool resources from the family community; i.e. when a parent comes in to do a presentation. It allows students to learn from an expert by actively learning and doing. Experiential learning draws from the rich educational experiences of the area that we live in. Last year grades went as far afield as China and also visited local places such as the California Academy of Science, Berkeley Public Library, Angel Island, The Marine Mammal Center, The Exploratorium, Muir Woods, and other exciting destinations around the Bay Area. These events also ensure that the students are enthusiastic about learning and ask questions that are relevant and meaningful.