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Empowering Gifted Minds: Nurturing the Next Generation of Data Scientists


AMA-Event-Data Scientists-1-Nurturing the Next Generation of Data Scientists


Supported by the Education Bureau (EDB), the 'Empowering Gifted Minds: Nurturing the Next Generation of Data Scientists' programme is designed to unleash the potential of gifted students through a variety of off-school advanced learning programmes, such as STEAM-related mentorship programme and self-initiated research study.  

Programme Objectives

  • To offer an accelerated curriculum
  • To cultivate advanced analytical skills
  • To foster creativity and innovation
  • To provide mentorship and guidance
  • To instil passion for learning and exploration
  • To support holistic development
  • To foster a positive impact on society

Programme Delivery Period

May 2024 to January 2025 (around 9 months)

Programme Outline

Event Detail Date/ Time
Phase 1:
Specialised Data Science Courses, Guest Lectures & Industry Exposure
(4 months)

The data science courses aim to offer gifted students a comprehensive and well-rounded education in the field. The courses aim to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and ethical understanding to excel in the field of data science. The courses will consist of one 3-hour lesson per week, between May 2024 and August 2024, totalling 42 hours in duration.

Guest lectures and industry exposure will provide valuable insights and real-world applications of data science across various domains. There will be one 2-hour guest lecture or industry exposure activity scheduled per month from July 2024 to December 2024, totalling 12 hours (6 sessions) in duration.

9:30am – 12:30pm

Every Saturday between 25 May and 20 July 2024 Every Friday between 26 July and 23 August 2024

PolyU Campus

Phase 2: Research Capstone Project
(5 months)
Students will have the opportunity to engage in research capstone projects, allowing them to delve deeper into specific areas of interest within data science. This will promote independent thinking, problem-solving skills, and the development of innovative solutions. There will be one 1- hour capstone project meeting per week between September 2024 and January 2025, totalling 21 hours.

Weekly Meetings (TBC)

PolyU Campus

Phase 3: Project Presentation (1 day) A dedicated project presentation will be scheduled in January 2025, serving as a culminating event for students to demonstrate their research outputs / learning outcomes. This event will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their in-depth understanding of their chosen areas of interest within data science.  January 2025

Medium of Instruction

  • Course material: English
  • Classroom teaching/ discussion: English supplemented with Cantonese


  • Outstanding performance in mathematics; and
  • Basic knowledge of computer programming

Intake Number

40 students (Secondary 4-5 in the 2023/24 school year)

Admission fee

Free of charge

Application Method

Application form can be downloaded from the following webpage:

Please complete the application form and send it with a copy of applicant’s report cards (the first and second term of the 2022/23 school year) by post on or before 19 April 2024 to the following address:

Room TU732, Yip Kit Chuen Building
Department of Applied Mathematics
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(Attn: Dr Raymond Sze)

For more information, please refer to the course outline and visit EDB webpage

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