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"Science World: Exploring Space to Benefit Mankind"

Education Programme 

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Introduction

PolyU will be organising a new initiative entitled “Science World: Exploring Space to Benefit Mankind” Education Programme in the 2021/22 school year to introduce space sciences and technologies to secondary students.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Programme are:

  • To stimulate students’ interest in STEM education through an online lecture series;
  • To help students understand the benefits of space explorations to mankind and the scientific importance of the China Space Station;
  • To inspire students’ innovative thinking in technology through the utilisation of the China Space Station, particularly the microgravity environment; and
  • To provide an opportunity for students to realise their scientific experiment inside (or outside) the China Space Station.

 

Target Students

Online Lecture Series (Secondary 1 to Secondary 6 students)

Competition (Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 students)

 

Period

October 2021 to May 2022

 

Programme Fee

Free of charge

 

Programme Briefing

Two online briefing sessions will be conducted on 16 October and 23 October 2021 after the signature lectures.

 

Session 1

Session 2

Date: 16 October 2021 (Saturday)

Date: 23 October 2021 (Saturday)

Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 noon

Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 noon

Signature Lecture I & Programme Briefing –

“Space Station’s Contribution to Space Resources and Human Developments”

空間站對開發空間資源及人類發展的貢獻

Signature Lecture II & Programme Briefing

“Maps for Space Exploration”

指引太空探索的地圖

Medium of Instruction: Cantonese

Medium of Instruction: Cantonese / English / Putonghua

Mode: Online (Zoom)

Mode: Online (Zoom)

 

Programme Details

The Programme consists of the following two activities:

 

Part 1 – Online Lecture Series

A total of 13 online lectures on space-related topics will be delivered by PolyU academic staff from mid-October to mid-December 2021. Teachers and students at all levels are welcome to register individually by 31 October 2021.

Details of the online lecture series are listed in Appendix 1.

Registration link: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs/index.php/988216?lang=en

 

Part 2: Competition

Interested Secondary 3 to 5 students can further join a competition on a school basis. The Competition provides a chance for students to put what they have learned from the online lecture series into practice. Students are required to design an experiment in their own chosen science fields, making use of microgravity in the space station, to demonstrate how it can benefit mankind. Each school can nominate a team, comprising 1 – 2 teacher advisors and a maximum of 5 students. Team representatives are required to attend each online lecture.

Each school can submit ONE proposal only.

 

Programme Schedule

Details of the programme schedule are listed in Appendix 2.

 

Assessment

The adjudication panel will shortlist ten finalists and invite the teams to make a 15-minute presentation about the scientific theories behind their proposals. The teams will have to bring along the prototype for explanation and demonstration.

 

Awards

The three winning schools will receive a grant to reward participating students and to further promote STEM education in school:

  • Champion: $10,000;
  • First runner-up: $5,000; and
  • Second runner-up: $3,000

Each participating student will receive a certificate; and the finalists who are at Secondary 4 and 5 will be invited to join the PolyU Junior Research Mentoring Programme and PolyU Summer Programme 2022.

The winning experiments may be modified by PolyU experts for trial inside (or outside) the China Space Station.

 

Registration
Online registration on a school basis should be made by 31 October 2021.

Registration link: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs/index.php/875149?lang=en

 

Enquiries

For enquiries, please feel free to email us at local.study@polyu.edu.hk or call us at 3400 8301 / 3400 8302.

 

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