A wide range of eco-friendly products, namely Bio Home Products, designed by students of BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design of The Department of Mechanical Engineering with support from the industry are being showcased at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, which is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 23 April 2011.
The booth was opened on 20 April by Mr Harry Wong, Chairman of Bunhoi Group; Mr Vincent Wong, Deputy Chairman of Bunhoi Group; Professor Philip C. H. Chan, PolyU Deputy President and Provost; Ms Peggie Liu, Senior Exhibitor Manager, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Prof. Alan Lau, Professor, The Department of Mechanical Engineering and project coordinator.
The Bio Home project aims to nurture the creative thinking ability of students in product design and development. This year, 11 teams of students studying BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design have unleashed their creativity by developing these eco-friendly household products which include Fasthaw 360, Bio-puzzle, Dedirt, De-crease, Dynaroll, WaWaYogurt Maker, Beat Kit, e-Sweep, comBottle, Wise Green-er, Eco-spring and VegLife.
The three-year Bio Home project was launched in 2008 with a funding support of $1 million from Bunhoi Group. PolyU's Faculty of Engineering has also funded HK$300,000 with a view to enabling more students to participate in this meaningful project.
Under this project, a series of programmes are organized for the participating students to learn and practise their skills in designing, producing and marketing environmental-friendly household products. They included technical seminars on product design, industrial and academic visits to factories and companies in Australia and on the Chinese Mainland, and summer placement scheme. This activity fully reflects the adoption of “outcome-based education” at PolyU as the students had to use what they have learnt in the University to finally apply in making real-life products.