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S for IT visits Wong Tai Sin District (with photos)

17 May 2018

The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang, today (May 17) visited a primary school and Wong Tai Sin Temple to get a better grasp of technological application in the community and the promotion of popular science education. A meeting with members of the Wong Tai Sin District Council (WTSDC) was also held.

Accompanied by the Chairman of the WTSDC, Mr Li Tak-hong, and the District Officer (Wong Tai Sin), Ms Annie Kong, Mr Yang started his visit at Baptist Rainbow Primary School to learn more about the "happy learning" and "flipped classroom" teaching concepts through watching students' participation in self-directed project-based learning. The school integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in its school-based curriculum and implements the DreamStarter programme. Academic curricula are scheduled for the morning session and self-directed learning activities are held after lunch. Such an approach is conducive to enhancing students' creativity, communication and problem-solving skills.

Mr Yang then went to Wong Tai Sin Temple, where he visited the Taisui Yuenchen Hall and received a briefing on e-services that assist worshippers through application of technology. These include green worshipping at the Taisui Yuenchen Hall with the use of sensors, online prayer, online enquiry on fortune-telling sticks and one's "tai sui" of birth as well as Chinese zodiac sign. With Sik Sik Yuen's mobile application, visitors can enjoy GPS navigation and information on architectural features of the temple by scanning QR codes or NFC chips. A counting machine was also developed by Sik Sik Yuen to ensure that there are 100 fortune-telling sticks in every stick holder.

Sik Sik Yuen is dedicated to promoting science among the general public. It funded the Sik Sik Yuen Biotechnology Mobile Laboratory (MobileLab), which was built on a bus chassis. The MobileLab travels to primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong on weekdays. Students learn about microbiology, biochemistry, DNA and genetics through hands-on experiments. Outreach activities are held on the MobileLab during weekends and school holidays to reach out to the public. As a partner of the annual large-scale popular science event InnoCarnival, the MobileLab held over 30 biotechnology workshops at the InnoCarnival held last year. Mr Yang toured the MobileLab and thanked Sik Sik Yuen for joining hands with the Government in promoting science in the community. He noted that the application of technology and the promotion of popular science are equally important. The Government is committed to collaborating with various stakeholders to cultivate an ecosystem favourable for innovation and technology development.

Before concluding the district visit, Mr Yang met with members of the WTSDC to exchange views on issues related to innovation and technology, as well as district facilities and services.

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The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (back row, left), watches students participating in self-directed learning activities at Baptist Rainbow Primary School today (May 17). Joining the visit are the Chairman of the Wong Tai Sin District Council, Mr Li Tak-hong (back row, right), and the District Officer (Wong Tai Sin), Ms Annie Kong (back row, centre). The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (right), chats with students to learn how they can build a small boat during his visit to Baptist Rainbow Primary School today (May 17). The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (front row, third right), receives a briefing by representatives of Sik Sik Yuen on e-services that assist worshippers through application of technology at the Taisui Yuenchen Hall of Wong Tai Sin Temple today (May 17). Next to Mr Yang is the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung (front row, second right). The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (right), is introduced to Sik Sik Yuen's e-Charm Management System during his visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple today (May 17). The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (second left), tours the Sik Sik Yuen Biotechnology Mobile Laboratory at Wong Tai Sin Temple today (May 17) to learn about its work on promoting biotechnology education.

The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (second left), meets members of the Wong Tai Sin District Council (WTSDC) today (May 17) to exchange views on innovation and technology matters, as well as district facilities and services. Also present are the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung (third left), and the Chairman of the WTSDC, Mr Li Tak-hong (first left).
The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (back row, left), watches students participating in self-directed learning activities at Baptist Rainbow Primary School today (May 17). Joining the visit are the Chairman of the Wong Tai Sin District Council, Mr Li Tak-hong (back row, right), and the District Officer (Wong Tai Sin), Ms Annie Kong (back row, centre).

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The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (right), chats with students to learn how they can build a small boat during his visit to Baptist Rainbow Primary School today (May 17).

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The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (front row, third right), receives a briefing by representatives of Sik Sik Yuen on e-services that assist worshippers through application of technology at the Taisui Yuenchen Hall of Wong Tai Sin Temple today (May 17). Next to Mr Yang is the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung (front row, second right).

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The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (right), is introduced to Sik Sik Yuen's e-Charm Management System during his visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple today (May 17).

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TThe Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (second left), tours the Sik Sik Yuen Biotechnology Mobile Laboratory at Wong Tai Sin Temple today (May 17) to learn about its work on promoting biotechnology education.

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The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang (second left), meets members of the Wong Tai Sin District Council (WTSDC) today (May 17) to exchange views on innovation and technology matters, as well as district facilities and services. Also present are the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung (third left), and the Chairman of the WTSDC, Mr Li Tak-hong (first left).

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