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National Geog Camp for Primary Schools: Inspiring Young Minds in Renewable Energy Education

Date: 27th Apr 2024

Time: 9am - 1pm

Venue: Hong Kong Baptist University

The National Geography Camp for Primary Schools, organized by the Education Bureau (EDB) and co-organized by the Hong Kong Geographical Association (HKGA), brought together four other collaborative parties, including the Department of Geography, Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) of Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, and the Geo-spatial Lab under the Development Bureau. The camp aimed to provide an interactive platform for 40 primary school students from eight schools to explore the fascinating world of renewable energy with China’s development on sustainable energy.

The event kicked off with a captivating keynote speech by Dr. Cheng Cho-ming, former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, representing the Hong Kong Meteorological Society. The topic of his speech was "Climate Change and Energy Conservation”, where Dr Cheng shared the causes and impacts of climate change and called for collective efforts to conserve energy and use clean energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout the half-day event of an exciting orienteering activities, the young participants had the opportunity to engage in various activities that broadened their understanding of renewable energy and its applications.

Rooftop Solar System Visit

The students visited the Baptist University campus, where they were able to explore a rooftop solar system. They learned about the functions and benefits of solar energy and witnessed firsthand how renewable energy can be utilized.

Heat Source Documentation with Infrared Cameras

In an interactive session, the students used infrared cameras to detect heat sources and document their findings. Working in groups, they presented their discoveries, deepening their understanding of energy consumption.

Virtual Reality (VR) Experience

The students then embarked on a virtual journey using Google Earth. They visited major renewable energy projects, including the awe-inspiring Three Gorges Dam and a unique "Panda" solar farm in China. The VR session also included a "Community Solar Challenge" game, allowing the students to participate actively in placing solar panels within a community. The game received highly positive feedback, making learning about renewable energy engaging and enjoyable.

Later in the Geospatial Lab session, students were introduced to spatial data and its applications in real life. They learned about the importance of geospatial information and how it can be used to analyze and solve various problems. The session included demonstrations and hands-on trials of relevant software, allowing the students to experience the practical aspects of geospatial technology.

Online Energy Map 

In the final session, students learnt more on the energy consumption of China and further collaborated to create an online energy map.

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