JPC STEM competition unleashes students' potential in innovation and technology (with photos)
Launched by the JPC in 2021, the competition aimed to encourage students to apply their STEM knowledge and skills to develop innovative and feasible solutions in the four areas of “Mobility”, “Living”, “Environment” and “Economy”, so as to construct a “Smart City”. It also hoped to inspire students’ creative thinking and enhance their skills in problem solving and logical reasoning. This year, the “Safest City Award” was introduced to give young people an opportunity to showcase their new ideas for crime prevention and road safety and thus work together to construct a safer and more stable society.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Siu Chak-yee; the Chief Information Officer of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, Dr Rocky Cheng; the Permanent Secretary for Education, Ms Michelle Li and the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Ms Lillian Cheong, officiated at the ceremony. Over 155 awardees were presented with 76 awards.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr Siu said that the JPC has been nurturing young people to become future leaders and promoting fight crime messages through diversified activities since its establishment in 1974. In 2021, the JPC adopted a new strategy “IDEAS@JPC” to demonstrate the elements of JPC’s activities: Innovation, Discipline, Exposure, Adventure and Synergy. The STEM-Up Innovation and Technology Competition was the flagship event under “Innovative”.
Mr Siu said that the JPC hoped to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education and nurture innovation and technology (I&T) talents by joining hands with the Education Bureau and the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau in organising this competition. He added that it also tied in with the Government’s initiatives on youth development and I&T announced in the Policy Address, the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Development Blueprint and the Youth Development Blueprint so as to jointly promote youth participation in the I&T aspect, with a view to charting the course for Hong Kong’s development as an international I&T centre.
He revealed that the JPC has been actively organising a number of exchange programmes for young people to visit Mainland high-technology companies and learn about the development opportunities in the Greater Bay Area, hoping to further promote Hong Kong young people’s understanding of our country and the world through a multi-pronged approach.
In the videos presented during the award presentation ceremony, awardees shared their experiences in the research and development process and demonstrated how they had applied technology in various aspects of life, such as medical, environmental hygiene and life-saving. The awardees also thanked their parents and schools for their support and encouragement.
The competition was sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and fully supported by the Education Bureau, the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, Hong Kong Extra-curricular Activities Masters’ Association, Hong Kong Computer Society, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Hong Kong STEM Education Alliance and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute. An overwhelming response was received, with more than 1,500 students from 190 schools competing in four categories: junior primary, senior primary, junior secondary and senior secondary. The full list of the awardees had been uploaded onto the website of JPC (www.jpc.org.hk/stemup).
To further promote the younger generation’s understanding of and interest in I&T, a two-day (April 1 and April 2) Innovation and Technology Carnival was held at the same venue where students from participating schools displayed and presented their winning entries. In addition, booths with innovative and technological elements, such as demonstrations of police technology application, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) games and technology-enabled art creations and sports, were set up to enable the participants to experience the fun of technology.
Ends/Saturday, April 1, 2023
Issued at HKT 15:47
Issued at HKT 15:47