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Students pioneered the transformation of Kowloon East with STEM knowledge and skills

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Since January, a total of 116 Secondary 2-3 students have participated in “The Schools Challenge Hong Kong – Live Smart@Kowloon East” program co-organized by Junior Achievement Hong Kong (JA HK) and J.P. Morgan. Students in this program were encouraged to create innovative solutions that help transform Kowloon East into a pioneer smart city while solving challenges faced by the district. “WHITE WALKERS,” a team of students from Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College, emerged as this year’s champion with their solution to improve elderly care through a redesigned walking stick installed with GPS, fall detection device and safety bell.

“Contributing to the long-term growth and prosperity of the local community has always been one of our key objectives, including transforming Kowloon East into a smart city district in Hong Kong,” said Ryan Holsheimer, Head of Cash Equity Sales & Trading for Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan, “It is inspiring to see the creativity, rigor and originality these students demonstrated during the Schools Challenge Hong Kong for a second year. As ideation, analysis, and technology will be increasingly essential, we have to equip our youths with these skills to prepare them for future.”

Dr. William Lo, JP, Chairman of JA HK, said: “It is the honor of JA HK to partner with J.P. Morgan for the second year to co-organize the Schools Challenge in Hong Kong, with the support of the Energizing Kowloon East Office of the Development Bureau and the HKUST. Through identifying a problem and solving it by themselves, students are empowered to rise to the future challenges, and all would not have been possible without the encouragement and inspiration by the J.P. Morgan mentors and HKUST volunteers.”

Participating students undertook a four-month social innovation journey that includes learning on design thinking and STEM skills from 3D printing, app development to coding. 87 business volunteers from J.P. Morgan and 52 university student volunteers from the HKUST met with students on a regular basis to provide feedback and guidance on their project development. The program concluded with the Final Presentation on 11th May, during which students showcased their solutions and prototypes.

The awards of the Schools Challenge Hong Kong 2019 were presented to:

Champion: WHITE WALKERS – Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College
1st Runner-up: League of Big Stomach – Leung Shek Chee College
2nd Runner-up: The Movin’ Alley – United Christian College (Kowloon East)

Best Presentation Awards:
KC Buddies – CCC Kei Chi Secondary School
League of Big Stomach – Leung Shek Chee College
The Cargo’s Gopher – United Christian College(Kowloon East)
The Movin’ Alley – United Christian College (Kowloon East)

Best Prototype Awards:
STAM – Leung Shek Chee College
WHITE WALKERS – Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College
OREO – Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College
The Cargo’s Gopher – United Christian College (Kowloon East)
The Movin’ Alley – United Christian College (Kowloon East)

Active Participation Awards:
SSS – Leung Shek Chee College
Air guard – Leung Shek Chee College
League of Big Stomach – Leung Shek Chee College)
Smart Divide – PHC Wing Kwong College
OREO – Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College
The Movin’ Alley – United Christian College (Kowloon East)
Re-well – Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si College