(Hong Kong, 29 October 2022) To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and promote national aerospace technology development, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) together with the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (HKFEW) is excited to launch the first cohort of “Youth Aerospace TechEd Programme” (the Programme) in Hong Kong, which is fully sponsored by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) (BOCHK). The Inauguration Ceremony today officially kick-starts a series of training for local students, which aims at nurturing future talents in the aerospace field and deepening their understanding of the latest aerospace technologies and Space Science. It is hoped that this would arouse their interest towards the aerospace industry and inspire them to become aerospace engineers to serve the country in the future.
The Inauguration Ceremony is officiated by Prof SUN Dong, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry of the HKSAR Government; Mr WONG Kam-leung, Chairman of HKFEW; Dr Rocky CHENG, Chief Information Officer of BOCHK and Hon Sunny TAN, Chairman of HKPC.
The Programme will last for 6 to 8 months and is designed for local secondary school students aged 13 to 17, covering workshops in five key areas ranging from Flight Simulation Training, Space Science knowledge, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), 3D Printing to Cube Satellites (CubeSat) prototyping. Students can broaden their horizons by interacting with top national aerospace experts to learn about Space Science and related theories, the structure of spacecraft and the work of aerospace technology experts, etc. Students will also experience the most desirable Metaverse ecosystem, thus enabling them to self-explore and discover their potential during the process. Moreover, the making of CubeSat prototype will enhance students’ problem-solving skills, design thinking and teamwork spirit, thus improving their all-rounded development and multiple-perspective thinking. The Programme has tentatively planned for an aerospace study tour to the Mainland in 2023 for students to learn about the advancement of China’s aerospace technologies and exchange views with the Mainland youths, thereby arousing their interest in the aerospace field.
Prof SUN Dong, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry of the HKSAR Government, said, “The country has been rolling out various space exploration projects, which show our desire to explore space and demonstrate the leap-forward progress that the country has made in the field of deep space exploration. In fact, the Hong Kong technology sector has never been absent from the development of the country's aerospace industry. We also have a number of universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to aerospace, providing the foundation for us to cultivate experts in space exploration. Aerospace engineering is not only about space, but also includes natural and applied science, high-tech engineering technology. Integrating the relevant knowledge through popular science education and practice is the first step into space which is the original intention of the ‘Youth Aerospace TechEd Programme’. The Programme gives young students the opportunity to acquire the latest knowledge of aerospace technology and space science, stimulates their enthusiasm and interest in the aerospace industry, and provides valuable channels for nurturing aerospace technology talents in Hong Kong. I believe that there will be not only Hong Kong-made space scientists, but also Hong Kong-made aerospace engineers, Hong Kong-made space pilots, etc. in the future. I hope that all students can seize the opportunity to equip themselves at all times, and actively contribute to the country's aerospace industry, so that our aerospace dream can be passed down from generation to generation.”
Hon Sunny TAN, Chairman of HKPC, said, “Given the speedy aerospace technological development of our country, HKPC hopes that the Programme can help Hong Kong youths learn more about the latest aerospace technologies and the development of China’s aerospace industry, thus encouraging them to contribute to the innovation and technology (I&T) industry of the city and country in the future. To make the Programme more appealing and interactive, we let the youths to interact with national aerospace experts and create their own CubeSat prototypes. This enables them to acquire knowledge through hands-on and minds-on experience beyond textbooks. HKPC spares no effort in cultivating I&T talents. We actively cooperate with academia and STEM partners to promote the development of ‘Smarter Campus’ and aerospace technology education, allowing students to master novel technologies and its applications. Such efforts strive to groom more I&T talents for Hong Kong and the country, as well as providing them with favourable conditions for upward mobility.”
Mr WONG Kam-leung, Chairman of HKFEW, said, “At present, the country’s aerospace technology has already reached the world-class standard, but Hong Kong is still lacking in popularising aerospace-related knowledge. Through this Programme, we aim to deepen Hong Kong students’ understanding of aerospace technology and strengthen their sense of national identity. Chinese President Xi Jinping has mentioned ‘the youth thrives and the country thrives’ and reiterated the importance of I&T in his report at the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. In this regard, we must advocate the model of I&T education by starting with popular science education and unlock the potential of the youths, so as to nurture future I&T interdisciplinary elites.”
Dr Rocky CHENG, Chief Information Officer of BOCHK, said, “BOCHK sponsored the “Youth Aerospace TechEd Programme” to deepen the youngsters’ interest in advanced technology, nurture more future leaders in scientific research through this scheme, and make contribution to Hong Kong’s development as an international innovation and technology center under the "14th Five-Year Plan". This Programme is a high-quality STEAM education activity to strengthen the youngsters’ independent thinking and creativity in support of promoting innovation and technology development in Hong Kong. We will continue to collaborate with different organisations to provide platforms for local students on developing talents and unleashing diversified potentials. We strive to create more possibilities for the youngsters alongside their growth journey.”
For more information about the Programme, please visit: https://innospace.hkpc.org/Youth-Aerospace-TechEd-Programme
Special thanks to the Programme’s supporting organisations (in no particular order): Innovation, Technology and lndustry Bureau, HKSAR Government; Education Bureau, HKSAR Government; Shenzhen Aerospace Industry Technology Research Institute, Asia Tourism Exchange Center Limited and HKFEW TechEd Centre
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