Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the “Jockey Club Community Care and STEM in Action Project” is organized by the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School.
In today’s dynamic world, STEM education is essential to maintain a competitive edge and achieve success. This project inspires students to use STEM know-how to innovate new technological ideas and products which benefit and support the underprivileged in the community, now and in the future.
Our STEM learning platform let junior secondary students understand more about the actual living needs of the disadvantaged groups, apply the latest STEM knowledge and skills, and provide innovative and effective solutions to fulfil the needs of the underprivileged.
With tertiary knowledge and practical experience in engineering, the University’s STEMonstrators take part in the project as mentors and coach and guide students.
Under the quadripartite partnership between the University, schools, social service organizations and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, this project helps students unleash their creativity and gain new insights into the ways that innovative technology addresses the everyday problems of the underprivileged in the community.
After 3 years of project implementation:
Vision and mission
- Pioneer the application of STEM know-how in community work.
- Maximize the opportunities of participating students and schools to apply STEM knowledge and skills in a community context.
- Nurture students’ care, respect and social responsibility towards their elderly family members and the disadvantaged groups.
Aims and Objectives
- Raise students’ awareness of STEM
- Educate and engage students in social service learning
- Enable students to make innovative use of STEM knowledge and skills for making product prototypes that match the needs of the underprivileged
- Build a caring and sharing culture among students for the benefit of the underprivileged in the community
- Develop a sustainable programme that can be replicated in other schools
In the affluent society of Hong Kong, the mobility-handicapped elderly are still battling with problems that may seem insignificant to the rest of us every day. This project allows students to gain insights into the plight of the disadvantaged elderly and brainstorm innovative solutions to help. In the Mentorship Programme, STEMonstrators guide students to combine their creativity with STEM knowledge and skills to realize innovative products that effectively alleviate the hardship of the disadvantaged elderly. Throughout the entire learning journey, students undergo holistic and personal development in respect of social care and responsibility, thus creating a community full of care and support in future.
From 3-phase University Supported Curriculum to Product Proposals and Product Prototypes
Overview of the project
Integrated STEM Curriculum
Integration of STEM, Social Service Education, Proposal, Maker and Mentorship programme
Quadripartite Professional Partnership
Cooperation involving university, schools, social service organizations and entrepreneurs
Authentic STEM Learning Journey
From community needs to innovative ideas and products
Teacher Professional Development
Resources for Teacher Professional Support include:
- Pedagogical support and resources
- Briefing sessions, and meetings for collaborative lesson planning (CLP)
- Lesson observation sessions
- Online seminars addressing technological concepts such as Design Thinking, Internet of Things (IoT), Coding and IFTTT
Mentorship from the University’s STEMonstrators
- The University’s STEMonstrators are required to attend an Orientation Programme before serving as mentors, so they are well-prepared to help secondary school students
- The University’s STEMonstrators will also closely collaborate with project school teachers and the project team to assist students
This logo captures the spirit of our project — the orange hand exudes love and care; the blue one STEM knowledge and skills. Under our project guidance, the youth put their hands together in the shape of a house that represents a compassionate community for the disadvantaged, and also a STEM hub for brainstorming and executing innovative ideas for the future of Hong Kong.