HONG KONG, November 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In response to growing calls for the advancement of technology in Hong Kong and Continent China, and in accordance with the school’s call to align with science and technology, YCIS Hong Kong teamed up with the Hong Kong STEM Education Alliance for an exciting event. The spotlight went to Professor Ouyang Ziyuan, the “father of Chang’e” and figurehead of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing, which engaged students in a lively discussion of space exploration through a vivid and informative holographic appearance.
Organized on November 3, the flagship event, entitled “The Dream of the Terraforming of Mars into a Blue Planet”, explored a new scientific frontier: the transformation of a distant planet into an Earth conducive to life. Preparation for this started with the “Live Encounter with Taikonauts” in September. On this occasion, our students joined an audience selected for an extraordinary experience, talking with the taikonauts of Shenzhou-12.
We were also joined by Prof Xu Kai, Deputy General Director; Sir Zhu Qi, Section Chief, Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong SAR; Dr. Wang ying, Associate researcher of the Violet Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and M. Royal Tam, Managing Director of the Hong Kong STEM Education Alliance.
Human curiosity has increased with the rapid development of deep space exploration. During the lecture, the professor used charts and daily examples to offer scientific evidence gleaned from our quest to explore the evolution of the universe.
Focused on man’s efforts to discover life beyond Earth and to maintain human habitation on the Red Planet, the presentation referred to the Tianwen-1 orbiter and the Zhurong rover, both of which were part of a mission to Mars conducted by the National Space Administration of China in May. This year.
The robotic surveying devices transmitted data from the surface of Mars to ground control. Part of the payload was a “Mars energetic particle analyzer” (studying the attributes of energy particles on this planet).
“China has the potential to expand its capabilities into deep space, and exploration of the solar system is accelerating, ”Prof. Ouyang said. He continued, “The possibility of life on Mars is a topic of great interest in astrobiology due to the proximity to Earth and several similarities. “That said, concrete evidence of life on the Red Planet has yet to be found. The idea of ’terraforming’ Mars and serious discussions of technical details could potentially see the Red Planet become a brother to the planet. Earth.” The professor concluded his presentation by encouraging students to consider a career in science to help realize the vision of scientists today.
The lecture was followed by a question-and-answer session and enthusiastic students launched their questions. “How can Tianwen-2 overcome the ‘seven minutes of terror’ when the rover lands in the future, and how could it technically differ from Chang’e 5?” asked an enthusiastic participant.
Responding to questions, Professor Ouyang was quick to reassure the students that any impact on Martian life due to human intervention or “terraforming” would be minimal due to the distances involved. Such efforts would also have no impact on humans and our own planet.
Yew Chung is firmly committed to nurturing and developing the next generation of scientists and offers relevant courses at all levels.
Yvonne wen, an MC student, was delighted by the interaction and pointed out that astrophysics was available as an IB course and could allow her to learn more about the subject. Another MC student, Johanna wrobel, was very impressed with the holographic presentation and confessed that she aspired to migrate to the Red Planet if that became possible in the future. The years spent at Yew Chung had greatly broadened her horizons, she said.
Yew Chung students can take advantage of opportunities at any level to learn more about science. The studies of astrophysics in the IGCSE and IBDP programs provide students with a pathway to explore career prospects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
“The students were excited when they returned from the live encounter with the taikonauts and it sparked an interest in space exploration,” Ms. Sam sze, Chinese Co-Principal, YCIS Hong Kong – Secondary. She continued, “Planting space seeds (seeds that have spent several months in orbit) on the YCIS Hong Kong campus for students to learn the difference in germination was another initiative to stimulate students’ interest in science. .
“The school places a strong emphasis on enabling students to explore possibilities and better understand their future.” Associate Vice-Principal Mr. Robert kitley looks forward to more such events that will galvanize interest in science and space.
About YCIS Hong Kong
Founded in 1932 by Madame Tsang Chor-hang, Yew Chung provided quality bilingual education to learners of Hong Kong for 90 years. Originally specializing in early childhood education, YCIS now offers early childhood education in primary and secondary education, culminating in the General International Secondary Education Certificate (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program ( IBDP).
Since the 1990s, YCIS has grown beyond Hong Kong to reach Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Qingdao in mainland China and in Silicon Valley in United States, serving more than 6,000 students.
Offering the richness and diversity of Eastern and Western cultures, YCIS enables children to be bilingual leaders, open to the world and competitive. Students are nurtured with a holistic and character education that transforms them into compassionate, world-aware individuals.
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