PolyU STEM Workshop (March to April, 2017)

S - Science
T - Technology
E- Engineering
M - Mathematics

‘STEM’ - an acronym that refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics collectively, has been a major area of focus to be promoted at schools ever since the 2015 Policy Address. It aims at fostering students’ innovative thinking and nurture young talents with a passion in science and technology who will help to enhance the international competitiveness of Hong Kong. With regard to this, our school co-organized a 3-day STEM workshop with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for 40 talented Form 1 and Form 2 students in March and April respectively, offering them an invaluable opportunity to explore cutting-edge technology through hands-on experience.

The workshop quickly began with the welcome address by PolyU staff, followed by a campus tour, in which our students got the chance to visit various faculties and departments in PolyU. One of the highlights of the tour was the Biological Engineering Department, in which students watched video clips and real-life technical demonstrations on prosthetics, which was a large mechanical instrument. The video clip and demonstrations showed how a person who had his/ her limb amputated can be trained up to carry out daily activities with the use of prosthetics. This exposure and experience allowed students to see and explore modern biomedical technology for themselves.

During the workshop, our students learnt basic science and computer knowledge, including the concepts of circuit, gear system, Arduino program and EMG waves. Afterwards, under the guidance and facilitation of PolyU students, they built their own muscle-signal controlled robotic car in the ‘Robotic Car Competition’ using a computer, a basic electronic kit and Arduino microcontroller kit by applying the skills they acquired previously. The competition was interesting, exciting and fun-filled as students were fully engaged in making use of what they learnt while competing against each other.

All in all, our students benefitted a lot from the STEM workshop. Apart from gaining knowledge in various STEM areas, their horizons were also immensely broadened and they were greatly inspired to learn more about STEM education in the future.

 

 

 
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