PolyU successfully held a Science Experiment Competition for secondary school students on 4 August as part of the “Science World: Exploring Space to Benefit Mankind” science education programme. Teams from the Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS), Diocesan Girls’ School and St. Paul’s Convent School were awarded the championship, first runners-up and second runners-up prizes respectively. Prof. Ben Young, VP(SGA), said he hoped the competition could encourage contestants' future participation in various areas of scientific research.
The winning proposal by DBS students aims to study how lizards adapt to the microgravity environment and cosmic radiation in by comparing the volume and density of the lizards’ cells on Earth and in space. The proposed project can potentially help probe into the factors that affect cell metabolism. Prof. Yung Kai-leung, Director of Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations (#RCDSE), Chairman of the judging panel, encouraged the students to improve their proposals to meet the stringent requirements on the space station. He also encouraged PolyU students to visit the Mainland and expand their horizons, understanding the R&D potential and opportunities in our nation.