The University of Macau (UM) Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion recently hosted the 2019 Macao Youth Innovation Challenge for the first time. The event was organised by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) and the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ), with assistance from UM, the Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology of Macau, Macau Institute of Engineers, and Macao Innovation and Invention Association. Winners of the competition and those who did not win any awards but showed great potential at the competition will be invited to join a science and technology talent development programme organised by FDCT and DSEJ. With professional guidance and training opportunities provided by UM, the event aimed to enhance students’ scientific knowledge so as to prepare them for future science competitions both at home and abroad.

The event attracted over 100 students from 15 secondary schools in Macao. Chief judges of the competition were Shu Degan, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Xu Ao’ao, member of the International Academy of Astronautics; and Prof Iu Vai Pan from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology,  UM. Xue Quan, dean of the School of Electronic and Information Engineering at South China University of Technology, served as the principal judge. Prof Tam Kam Weng, director of UM’s Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion, served as the general-secretary. In addition, 48 faculty members and experts from Macao, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, were invited to serve as the reviewers.

UM’s Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion also hosted the 2019 Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Youth Innovation Challenge. During the event, teams from six schools in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) competed and exchanged ideas with their counterparts from Macao. In the future, the centre will continue to promote science popularisation and help develop Macao into a hub of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in the GBA, in collaboration with FDCT.

The Macao Base for Primary & Secondary STEM Education was jointly established by FDCT, DSEJ, the Chinese Educators’ Association of Macau, Macau Catholic Schools Association, Macao Science Center, and Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau, in 2018. With UM’s Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion of FST as the core component, the base launches STEM programmes to support science popularisation in Macao and to provide continuous training for teachers and students from local primary and secondary schools. The base’s academic partner institutions include the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Education, the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences.

Source: Faculty of Science and Technology

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Release on 2019-11-07 19:53