UM’s science summer camp opens

A booth showcases works by participants from last year

The University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) recently held an opening ceremony for its Summer Camp 2017. The event attracted over 100 people, including prominent members of the community, local secondary school teachers, as well as students and their parents. Philip Chen, dean of the FST, pointed out that this year’s camp covers six different topics in science and technology, adding that through interactive games and experiments, the camp aims to help participants discover their interests and potential in science and technology and to improve their organisational skills and teamwork.

Guests who attended the opening ceremony included Kuok Sio Lai, deputy director of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau; Ma Chi Ngai, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund; Cheang Kun Wai, member of the Executive Committee of the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund; Wei Zhao, rector of UM; Rui Martins, vice rector (research) of UM; Philip Chen, dean of the FST; Wong Pak Kin, associate dean of the FST; Yang Zhixin, assistant dean of the FST; Kwok Chi Tak, head of FST’s Department of Electromechanical Engineering; Prof Dai Ningyi; Assistant Professor Chen Long, and programme instructors. This summer camp is sponsored by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund.

In his speech, Prof Philip Chen said that the FST has been organising the summer camp series for ten consecutive years, adding that this year’s camp attracted 140 students from 26 secondary schools. Prof Chen expressed hope that participants in the camp would experience the fun of scientific research and discover their potential in science through the well-designed workshops, lectures, and games in the summer camp. He also encouraged young people to keep dreaming and learning about science and to use their scientific knowledge to increase people’s quality of life and promote the development of Macao.

This year’s six summer camps cover various topics, namely Civil Engineering Summer Camp, 3D Reconstruction with Quadcopters Summer Camp, Computer Vision and Human-Machine Interaction Summer Camp, Wireless Technology Study Summer Camp, Robot and Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp, and Green Vehicle Summer Camp. Booths were set up at the opening ceremony to provide information about the camp and to showcase the works by participants from last year.

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