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Hong Kong students explore civil engineering in a post-pandemic era

Date
04 May 2022

ICE Hong Kong Graduates and Students give school students a rare, in-depth insight into the world of civil engineering through a scenario-based competition.

Hong Kong students explore civil engineering in a post-pandemic era
The STEM activities kicked off with an online briefing held in February.

Secondary school students in Hong Kong participated in a scenario-based project competition set in a post-Covid-19 future.

As part of Shaping Our Future City (SOFC), the students learned about civil engineering and how it can be vital for the social and economic development of Hong Kong.

Around 50 students gathered online on 19 February 2022 to kick-start the campaign and get briefed on the imaginary scenario.

They were challenged to put forward a proposal for the redevelopment of Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre Site into a sports-themed public space.

In addition to preparing a development master plan, students were encouraged to design a low-rise sports complex structure within the site.

They were also asked to consider the impact of the development on Hong Kong's community and environment.

SOFC is an ICE Hong Kong Association (HKA) Graduate and Students Division (G&S) annual campaign organised for secondary schools to foster prospective young engineers.

Learning about key concepts of civil and structural engineering

On 12 March 2022, Dr Chan Tak Ming from Hong Kong Polytechnic University spoke to students about key concepts in civil and structural engineering at the second online event.

Students also presented their initial ideas on the redevelopment project proposal to experienced engineers.

They discussed principles of sustainable development, structural design of sports complexes, and innovative application of technologies.

The final event of the competition will be held in June 2022.

Students will present their full proposal for the development to a panel of judges.

Then, they will participate in a forum, where they’ll learn about the roles, responsibilities and concerns of different stakeholders through role play.

The HKA G&S Division

ICE HKA G&S is a sub-division of the HKA and looks after interests of the institution’s graduates and student members in the region.

The sub-division aims at promoting and encouraging acquisition of knowledge by members in matters related to the engineering profession.

It holds a variety of activities to foster both professional and personal development of young members.

These range from technical site visits, seminars, delegations, competitions, volunteering services, soft-skill training and social events.

ICE HKA G&S also co-organises events with different learned societies to broaden members' horizons and networks.

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