CityU nurtures budding electronics experts

Ellen Chan

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Twenty-three gifted secondary school students with outstanding potential in electronics technology finished the University-based Electronics Technology Project Study 2006-07 on 17 March.

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In the project, which was co-organized by City University of Hong Kong (CityU), the talented students chose from a list of topics suggested by academics and then conducted their own research, organizing regular meetings with their supervisors. They presented their research results at the closing ceremony.

The project has been co-organized with the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-Hong Kong Section. CityU is acting as coordinator, responsible for contacting related departments in other local universities and inviting academics to participate.

“This project is very meaningful,” said Professor (Chair) Luk Kwai-man, Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering at CityU. “It helps to nurture and motivate students, and we predict that they will have a great career ahead of them.”

Twelve students selected topics from suggestions put forward by Professor Henry Chung Shu-hung, Dr Peter Tsang Wai-ming and Dr Cheng Lee-ming, all of whom work at CityU in the Department of Electronic Engineering. They guided their students’ research on an AC-socket with status indicator and over-current protection; the development of a 3D cyber world on the Internet and smart card applications.

“This study gave the participating students the opportunity to carry out their own research, helping them to broaden their horizons. In addition, they learned that their research relates to daily life and helps make life more convenient for more people,” Professor Chung said.

Carmel Tse, a Form 6 participant in this programme, said: “The project has been an invaluable opportunity for me since I can work with a university professor and sample life as a university student.”

The other topics included biomedical imaging technologies for visualizing living biology; a Sudoku solver; a remote control for domestic applications; and a wireless button for the motion-challenged.

The Best Report Prize and the Best Presentation Prize were presented to the winning groups at the ceremony. Dr David Cheng Ki-wai, Chairman of the IEEE-HK Section, and Professor Tommy Chow Wai-shing of the Department of Electronic Engineering sat on the panel for these two prizes.

Mrs Chow Dik Suk-wan, Senior Curriculum Development Officer, Gifted Education, EMB, concluded the programme.

This study falls under the Support Measures for the Exceptionally Gifted Students Scheme, which was launched by the EMB in 2001 to nurture exceptionally bright students, who are nominated to the scheme by secondary schools.

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