(Hong Kong, 8 October 2020) The first large-scale “TechEd” Experience Day + Carnival, hosted by HKPC Academy’s Inno Space of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and co-organised by the Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) of the HKSAR Government, will take place from 9 to 11 October at HKPC Building, joining forces from innovative technology, education sectors, and supporting organisations for the promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. The spotlight event not only aims to nurture primary and secondary school students’ interests in STEM, but also strengthens teachers’ professional training on related subjects.
Following Inno Space’s initiative of creating the brand new “TechEd” label (“Technology & Technical Education”) in May this year, the “TechEd” event scales local STEM education development to new heights. The overarching activities, including virtual “TechEd” forum, on-site exhibitions, experience zones and innovative workshops, are designed to increase students’ tech knowledge and know-how, laying a sound foundation of breeding homegrown talent for Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry.
Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC said, “R&D, innovation and technology have become prominent in the technology-driven economic era. HKPC always puts STEM education on top priority, and therefore, is devoted to building a tech talent powerhouse in Hong Kong. The new ‘TechEd’ label is a testimony to HKPC’s giving into full play its edges of having world-class talent and well-established partnership with the industries and education sector. This ‘TechEd’ event helps further promote an innovation and technology culture, and raise public interests in STEM. Even amid the COVID-19 epidemic, HKPC has worked assiduously to have organised as many as 50 free webinars, in collaboration with STEM education partners and teachers. In future, Inno Space will continue to collaborate with various industries to provide STEM courses and teaching support for teachers and students in primary, secondary schools and tertiary institution. We hope to inject new blood to Hong Kong’s innovation industry, turning the city into a competitive international innovation and technology hub.”
The 3-day “TechEd” event will kick off with “TechEd” Experience Day on the first day for school heads and STEM teachers; followed by “TechEd” Carnival on the other two days for the public. HKPC is honoured to have invited Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology; as well as Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, and Dr Ray Cheung, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Hong Kong STEM Education Alliance as guests-of-honour for the opening of “TechEd” Experience Day and “TechEd” Carnival respectively.
Fully supported by close to 20 innovation tech enterprises and cooperative organisation partners, the event features a virtual “TechEd” forum on the first day, during which tech representatives will share their insights on how education can cater for future talent demand. On the same day, there will be a first-ever “VR for Good Challenge”, a virtual reality design competition for secondary school students to unleash students’ creativity through adoption of latest technology. The whole three-day event will comprise more than 20 experience zones and booths, plus about 30 mini STEM workshops for primary and secondary school students, teachers and the public, covering AI, IoT and robotics, aviation and drone, coding, digital fabrication, etc. Meanwhile, the “STEM Talent Scheme for Schools” scheme will also be introduced to showcase HKPC’s unfailing effort in driving STEM education development.
Due to the epidemic, there will be a limit on the number of on-site visitors to experience zones, booths and STEM workshops. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Interested parties can visit these websites for details and pre-registration: https://innospace.hkpc.org/teched-experience-day (“TechEd” Experience Day); https://innospace.hkpc.org/teched-carnival (“TechEd” Carnival).
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