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Science in the Public Service student project competition award
presentation ceremony (30 June 2012)

 
     
 

The award presentation ceremony for the student project competition "Challenges and Opportunities of using Nuclear Energy" organised by the Science in the Public Service (SIPS) campaign was held today (June 30) at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Senior Engineer of Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, and Chairman of the Hong Kong Nuclear Society, Ir Dr Luk Bing-lam, was the guest of honour and presented awards to winning teams in the primary and secondary school categories.

 
 

The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan last year generated much discussion among members of the public about the use of nuclear power. SIPS, a joint campaign supported by over 40 government bureaux/departments and collaborating organisations, decided to launch a student project competition to enhance students' understanding of nuclear power. More than 50 teams from primary and secondary schools participated in the competition to study the subject.

 
 

"The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan raised people's concerns about nuclear safety issues and made them re-examine the necessity of developing nuclear power. Therefore we should enhance public education on nuclear energy and radiation so that people can have a more comprehensive understanding of this subject, and be more aware of the pros and cons in using different sources of energy," Dr Luk said at the ceremony.

 
 

Acting Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory and Chairman of SIPS organising committee, Mr Edwin Lai, said, "SIPS aims to provide various platforms for the young generation to explore the close relationship between science and daily life. We are delighted to see the enthusiastic responses from primary and secondary schools students despite the somewhat challenging topic. It takes something really special to be able to stand out among the extremely competitive entries."

 
 

Chemist of the Water Supplies Department and a representative of the judging panel, Dr Wilson Lam, praised the students' work, "The winning teams delved deeply into this complicated topic. Their reports were methodically prepared and their presentations to the judging panel were lively and fluent."

 
 

SIPS has organised a series of public education activities since its establishment in early 2006. Details of SIPS activities can be found at the website http://www.science.gov.hk.

 

Senior Engineer of Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong and Chairman of Hong Kong Nuclear Society, Ir Dr Luk Bing-lam (centre, back row), taking a group photo with the judge panel and the winning teams.

Senior Engineer of Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong and Chairman of Hong Kong Nuclear Society, Ir Dr Luk Bing-lam (centre, back row), taking a group photo with the judge panel and the winning teams.

 

Senior Engineer of Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong and Chairman of Hong Kong Nuclear Society,
Ir Dr Luk Bing-lam (centre, back row), taking a group photo with the judge panel and the winning teams.

 

Last revision date: <31 Dec 2012>