Hong Kong Meteorological Society



香港大學工程學院、香港天文台及香港氣象學會合辦
中、小學「海平面量度裝置設計比賽」

香港大學工程學院獲香港大學知識交流基金資助,與香港天文台及香港氣象學會合辦「海平面量度裝置設計比賽」。全球暖化令海水受熱膨脹,陸地冰雪融化,導致全球海平面上升。其實,海平面上升的與公眾的日常生活息息相關,例如會加劇氣旋引發的風暴潮、浸沒沿岸城市等等。因此,加強公眾關注海平面的變化實在十分重要。

今次活動乃全港首次海平面量度裝置設計比賽,旨在推廣學生在資訊科技應用及氣象測量的認識,並鼓勵實踐創新科技及創意設計的意念,共有28隊來自多間中、小學及國際學校,就讀小四至中六的學生參與。參加者需設計及製造一台海平面量度裝置,分初級及高級組,競逐冠、亞、季軍、最佳創意獎、最高準確獎、最優外觀獎及最佳演繹獎。

務求讓參賽者更了解海平面量度裝置設計方法,香港大學工程學院、香港天文台及香港氣象學會於2014年11月至12月,已舉辦了一系列講座、工作坊及參觀,加深學生們在這方面的認識,使作品更富創意。

海平面量度裝置設計比賽作品展覽及頒獎典禮於今天(5月3日星期日)在香港大學陸佑堂舉行。香港大學工程學院副院長及項目統籌劉智滿教授讚賞同學們的裝置既美觀又能融合多種科技。同學們能流利地表現出他們的技術能力,顯示了他們是將來香港以至世界都可以依賴的工程師和科學家。

頒獎禮主禮嘉賓香港天文台助理台長劉心怡小姐對學生的創意留下深刻印象,她說:「測量海平面對學生是一項全新及富挑戰性的題目,同學們憑著創意和熱誠,使得他們能在短短數月間,製作出多款設計新穎而實用可靠的海平面測量裝置,這成績令人鼓舞。」

香港氣象學會副會長李炳華博士說:「評審團對學生在比賽中表現的創意印象很深,部分裝置如果經過校準和修飾,有相當的潛質可以改裝為在實際環境中應用的儀器。評審團對香港同學的努力感到十分驕傲。」

「海平面量度裝置設計比賽」得獎名單及相片於此網頁公布: http://www.cs.hku.hk/~sealevel/AwardWinnerList-Chinese.php

「海平面量度裝置設計比賽」網頁: http://i.cs.hku.hk/~sealevel/Competition-Chinese.php

傳媒查詢,請聯絡香港大學工程學院張思慧小姐 (電話:2219 4668 /電郵:nccheung@hku.hk)或香港大學傳訊及公共事務處尹慧筠小姐(電話:2859 2600 /電郵:melwkwan@hku.hk)

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Primary and secondary school students join the
Sea Level Measurement Device Design Competition at HKU

The exhibition and award presentation ceremony for the Sea Level Measurement Device Design Competition was held at Loke Yew Hall of the University of Hong Kong today (May 3, Sunday).

The Sea Level Measurement Device Design Competition is jointly organised by the HKU Faculty of Engineering, the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), and the Hong Kong Meteorological Society (HKMetSoc). It is under the project titled "Sea Level Measurement Device for Everyone" which was supported by the Knowledge Exchange Fund of the University Grant Committee.

A consequence of global warming is the rise of sea level. This increases the risk of storm surges brought by tropical cyclones, which would significantly affect the coastal and low-lying areas of Hong Kong. Increasing the awareness of the general public about sea level change is therefore of utmost importance.

The competition is the first of its kind in Hong Kong with a primary objective to enhance knowledge of and interest in information technology and meteorological instrumentation among the young generations.

At total of 28 teams of students from primary, secondary and international schools ranging from Primary 4 to Secondary 6, divided into junior and senior categories, joined the competition. They are required to design their own sea level measurement devices to compete for the Champion, first runner-up, second runner-up, the most innovative sea level measurement device award, the most attractive sea level measurement device award, the most accurate sea level measurement device award and the best presentation award as set out for the Junior and Senior categories respectively. In November to December 2014, a series of engineering and meteorological workshops, talks and visits have been organised for students for their understanding to various sea level measurement method and enable them to make an innovative, accurate and attractive sea level measurement device.

At the award presentation ceremony, HKU Associate Dean of Engineering and the Principal Investigator of the project Professor Francis C. M. Lau praised the students as their devices are both aesthetically pleasing and technically well-integrated. Their display of technical and presentation skills show that they are future engineers and scientists Hong Kong and the world can depend on.

Also officiating at the ceremony was Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory Miss Sharon S. Y. Lau. Miss Lau was impressed by the creativity of the students. She said: "Given the challenges in sea level measurement which are new to the students, the students should be applauded for their creativity and enthusiasm in coming up with so many new designs for the devices that are both practical and reliable within just a few months."

HKMetSoc Vice-chairman Dr P W Li said: "The judges are very much impressed by the creativity of the students shown in the competition. Some of the devices, after appropriate tuning and polishing, may have the potential to be turned into practical instruments suitable for real life operations. The judges are really proud of Hong Kong students' efforts."

The list of awardees of the "Sea Level Measurement Device Design Competition" and photos can be found at: http://www.cs.hku.hk/~sealevel/AwardWinnerList-English.php

Competition website: http://i.cs.hku.hk/~sealevel/Competition-English.php

For media enquiries please contact Miss Nancy Cheung, Faculty of Engineering, HKU (Tel: 2219 4668 / E-mail: nccheung@hku.hk) or Ms Melanie Wan, Communications and Public Affairs Office, HKU (Tel: 2859 2600 / Email: melwkwan@hku.hk).

For the online press release and photos, please visit: http://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_12700.html



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