Impact Projects 2016-17

Impact Projects 2016-17

Earthquake in Hong Kong?

Prof. Francis C.M. Lau Principal Investigator: Prof. Francis C.M. Lau  ( Department of Computer Science )
Telephone: 2859-2170

Project Objectives:

  • To spur students' curiosity in earthquakes and their hazards through an "Earthquake Detector Design Competition".
  • To enhance participants' knowledge about earthquake science and engineering through learning relevant concepts and techniques in computer science, electronics, and earthquake monitoring and participation in a hands-on engineering project led by HKU.
  • To raise the awareness and preparedness of the community towards natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • To foster among the participating students and the public a strong interest in engineering and its applications.

Project Description:

Through organizing an "Earthquake Detector Design Competition", the project aims at (1) enhancing the knowledge of local primary and secondary school students and teachers, and the public in general, in earthquake science, and arousing their interest in engineering and meteorological/oceanographic instrumentation; and (2) increasing public awareness and preparedness towards natural disasters.

Target Deliverables in 2016/17:

  • Organization of the "Earthquake Detector Design Competition"
  • An online platform for exchanging and sharing the knowledge of engineering and earthquake and hazard preparedness.
  • Links of the online platform from HKU Engineering Knowledge Exchange Portal.
  • Links of the online platform from HKO and HKMetSoc.
  • A Facebook page and/or group for communication with participants and the general public.
  • Lecture materials on earthquake and its monitoring, and hazard preparedness.
  • Lecture materials on creating an earthquake detector by video analysis.
  • Lecture materials on creating an earthquake detector by building electronic circuits.
  • Circuit schematics, component list, and program code, of a DIY earthquake detector.
  • Organization of Presentation Sessions / Exhibition of "Earthquake Detector Design Competition".
  • Media coverage of the competition and the Knowledge Exchange outcomes.

STEM Education for our next generation

Dr. Wilton Fok Principal Investigator: Dr. Wilton Fok  ( Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering )
Telephone: 2857-8490

Project Objectives:

  • To disseminate the knowledge on maths, computer, programming and robotic to local students and strengthening their foundations on STEM education
  • To promote social inclusion for less privileged students to access good quality e-learning course materials and break the digital divide
  • To develop a community-based STEM educational platform by university students and staff through the use of e-learning

Project Description:

The e-Learning Development Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Electronic had developed many e-learning teaching materials for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

We successfully completed the development of the e-textbook on mathematics and computer for the Education Bureau in 2016. New course materials on apps programming and robot design had also accomplished. The HKSAR government is also promoting STEM education. We target to offer some courses to schools and students on STEM Education to align with the government policy.

Around 100 under-privileged students will be invited to attend training workshops during the holiday breaks. Our e-learning course materials will be used as the teaching materials for each participating students to learn and gain hands-on experience on new technology.

Some HKU students will be hired to help in this project. They will help to mentor the participants, assist in the workshop and play the role as ambassadors. This project could also create internship opportunities for our students to learn how to be a teacher.

The participants can continue to use our STEM course materials after the project period to create continuous and sustainable impacts.

Target Deliverables in 2016/17:

  • A total of 100 students form the under-privileged families to attend workshop of mobile apps programming and robotic design in Dec 2016 and March 2017 respectively
  • Printed copies of teaching materials
  • A project web-site
  • News on the public media and newspapers
  • A video on Youtube and the project web-site to promote the project