Six teams of secondary school students earned high recognition at the Hong Kong Youth Science and Technology Innovation Competition (HKYSTIC) 2017- 2018 as they won special accolades from award sponsor Emerson, the US-based technology and engineering company.
In a ceremony held Sunday, 200 awards were presented in all to winning teams among nearly 3500 applicants from more than 300 local schools.
In the junior division, a student team from STFA Yung Yau College won an award in material sciences with their innovative thermal life jacket.
Among others, a team from Heung To Secondary School (Tseung Kwan O) received an award for creating a smart living-intelligent toilet, while a team from CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School was given an honor for an environment-friendly ice-cream packaging solution.
In the senior division, the S.K.H. Li Ping Secondary School team was awarded for a diagnosis of virus and bacteria using DNA G-Quadruplex.
Other winners included the student teams from CMA Sun Kei Secondary School and STFA Seaward Woo College.
Organized by the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, HKYSTIC is an internationally acclaimed STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition in the city.
The Emerson Special Awards recognize students for their outstanding innovation in electrical and electronic engineering, environmental sciences, and material sciences.
Winners in the senior division are awarded three HK$3,000 scholarships while those in the junior division receive three HK$2,000 scholarships. Each winner also receives a trophy and a certificate, and they may get a chance to be nominated to represent Hong Kong to participate in national and international science contests.
Joe Healy, director of application engineering, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions, said: education in STEM “is a game-changer to ensure future generations stay curious, creative, and competitive.”
Emerson is “dedicated to making a difference by supporting student education in STEM studies through initiatives such as competitions and experience programs,” said the executive who is on the judging panel of the competition.
“We see so much potential among Hong Kong students who can make the most of a STEM career, and it’s on us to create even more opportunities for young talent,” Healy added.
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