A NEW NETWORK OF CLUSTERS THAT DEVELOPS SYNERGY AMONG UNIVERSITIES, SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Initiated by CityU Apps Lab (CAL), Ambassador School Program (ASP) aims to provide support to ambassador secondary schools and primary schools by forming an environment conducive for coding and IT education.
The program connects a partner secondary school with one primary school through the theme of future development, forming a cluster that helps effective knowledge transfer. University students under CAL will be assigned to facilitate coding workshop and coding groups in ambassador schools. Students will benefit from the workshop materials, meanwhile improving their problem solving skills and innovation awareness. The close relationship among CAL and ambassador schools enables effective teaching materials to be prepared according to different levels and aspects so as to improve the students’ learning experience. This eventually enhances the promotion of coding culture throughout all ages, typically in primary and secondary schools.
Kick-off Ceremony of Ambassador School Program (ASP)
The Kick-off Ceremony of Ambassador School Program (ASP) was successfully held on 15 January 2016 (Friday). With the eager participation of our partner organizations including Cyberport, Lenovo, Microsoft, and 26 schools, the ceremony had marked the beginning of the coding journey of many young talents!
“Our society has good equipment and materials to facilitate learning through technology. What is essential now is to foster and encourage more passionate people to dedicate themselves to the IT field,” said Dr. Ray Cheung, the Director of CityU Apps Lab (CAL) and Associate Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering. The motive of ASP is to start the process of nurturing new bloods in early age. The partnerships between primary and secondary schools can effectively help youngster to work on their ideas.
Besides, Prof. Linda Li, the Associate Provost (Strategic Planning) of CityU and Professor of Department of Public Policy, added that the university attaches high importance on interdisciplinary co-operation by supporting students from diverse academic major backgrounds to take part in the program. She highlighted that the bonds formed throughout the process would allow new generations to make outstanding scientific achievements together.
As the special guest of the ceremony, Hon Lam Woon-kwong, GBS, JP, also gave words of encouragement. “The education landscape is undergoing an incredible transformation over the past two decades,” he expressed. He was glad to witness the revolution of the learning process via technology, which served to enhance experience and foster a dynamic environment for the future generation. He believed that the program will have a conspicuous success with the excellent performance of all participants.
The ceremony was also jointly officiated by Mr. Herman Lam, the CEO of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Mr. Alex Chung, the General Manager of Lenovo (Hong Kong) Limited, and Ms. Joelle Woo, the Director of Business Development & Developer Experience of Microsoft Hong Kong Limited. They expressed their vision for new technology and future innovations and placed emphasis on the demand of youth workforce to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving technology sector. They were confident that ASP participants who devote their time and efforts to equip themselves with the necessary skill sets will be well prepared for future jobs.
With the aim to infuse coding culture among primary and secondary schools, the “Award Scheme” for ASP was introduced by Cyberport, laying the coding foundation and encouraging continuous improvement in teenagers. Young talents who had gone through three stages: starter coder, advanced coder and master coder, will be given opportunities not just to involve in computational thinking activities and attend essential skills building training, but also to take part in international coding competitions and projects. Apart from gaining recognitions and awards, the most rewarding earnings will be the experience and skills learned which are beneficial for their higher education or work.
Time: 3 – 5pm (Registration starts at 2:30pm)
Venue: 3505, AC2,CityU
．Prof Linda Li, Associate Provost (Strategic Planning) and Professor of Public Policy of CityU
．Mr. Eugene Fong, 2013-14 District Governor of Rotary International District 3450
．Mr. Herman Lam, CEO of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
．Mr. Alex Chung, General Manager of Lenovo (HK & Macau)
．Ms. Joelle Woo, Director (Business Development & Developer Experience) of Microsoft Hong Kong Limited
．Dr. Ray Cheung, Director of CityU Apps Lab and Associate Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering of CityU
．Mr. Lam Woon-kwong, Convenor of the Executive Council, Hong Kong Government
26 Participating Secondary and Primary Schools
- 中華基督教會協和小學 C.C.C. Heep Woh Primary School
- 聖若瑟英文書院 St. Joseph’s College
- 天主教佑華小學 Our Lady Of China Catholic Primary School
- 新生命教育協會呂郭碧鳳中學 NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College
- 香港培正小學 Pui Ching Primary School
- 香港培正中學 Pui Ching Middle School
- 浸信會天虹小學 Baptist Rainbow Primary School
- 樂善堂余近卿中學 Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School
- 東華三院高可寧紀念小學 TWGHs Ko Ho Ning Memorial Primary School
- 葵涌蘇浙公學 Kiangsu-Chekiang College (Kwai Chung)
- 大埔舊墟公立學校(寶湖道)Tai Po Old Market Public School（Plover Cove)
- 南亞路德會沐恩中學 SALEM-Immanuel Lutheran College
- 香港浸會大學附屬學校王錦輝小學HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School (Primary Division)
- 香港浸會大學附屬學校王錦輝中學 Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School (Secondary Division)
- 鳳溪廖潤琛紀念學校 Fung Kai Liu Yun Sum Memorial School
- 宣道會陳朱素華紀念中學 Christian Alliance S W Chan Memorial College
- 聖公會呂明才紀念小學 SKH Lui Ming Choi Memorial Primary School
- 香港真光書院 Hong Kong True Light College
- 聖三一堂小學 Holy Trinity Primary School
- 聖公會聖三一堂中學 SKH Holy Trinity Church Secondary School
- 聖愛德華天主教小學 St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School
- 順利天主教中學 Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School
- 慈幼學校 Salesian School
- 慈幼英文學校 Salesian English School
- 拔萃女小學 Diocesan Girls’ Junior School
- 拔萃女書院 Diocesan Girls’ School
Workshops and Exhibitions
▲ Coding Workshops at Pui Ching Primary School from September to November 2015.
▲ Exhibition in IT Week of HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School from late-November to early-Dec 2015.
For more photos of ASP, please click here.