UM’s science summer camps increase secondary school students’ scientific knowledge

UM’s science summer camps increase secondary school students’ scientific knowledge

The University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) recently organised seven summer camps, which attracted more than 150 students from 16 secondary schools in Macao. Some students say the summer camps allowed them to acquire knowledge outside the classroom and conduct experiments with advanced lab equipment, so that they could learn more about UM’s teaching environment, adding that the camps will help them make better-informed decisions about which major to study in college.

The seven summer camps include Civil Engineering Summer Camp, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp, 3D Reconstruction with Quadcopters Summer Camp, Wireless Technology Study Summer Camp, Transportation Technology Summer Camp, as well as Mathematics and Big Data Summer Camp. The camps allowed local secondary school students to increase their practical knowledge in engineering and science. Yuen Ka Veng, interim dean of the FST, believes the camps allowed participating students to discover their interest in scientific research, and encouraged them to pursue higher education at UM.

The camps included games, group discussions, competitions, and lectures. Participants who stayed in UM’s residential colleges say that they enjoy UM’s campus life very much, have learned more about UM”s teaching environment and laboratory facilities, and have acquired scientific knowledge outside the classroom.

The summer campus were sponsored by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT). Guests who attended the closing ceremony included Yuen Ka Veng; Wong Pak Kin, associate dean of the FST; Dai Ningyi, assistant dean of the FST; Chan Wan Hei, a member of the FDCT's Administrative Committee; and instructors of the summer camps.

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