In the outdoor world we love gear! It helps keep us safe, it helps keep us dry, it helps us discover the world. But the science and engineering behind the gear is often just as fascinating as the places it helps us explore. This session takes a closer look at the stuff we use to get outdoors, from plastic clothing to recyclable shoes and 3D printed climbing gear. Come and explore the wonderful science of the kit we sometimes take for granted, and maybe you’ll become a Gear Geek too!
The Mobile Earth + Space Observatory (MESO) is a mobile environmental and space science laboratory outfitted with hands-on educational and research instrumentation that supports activities focused on weather, climate and the science of astronomy. Making it all possible is a box truck with a roof that rolls back to expose a research-grade telescope that allows online visitors of all ages to look at the stars and planets in ways normally only available to scientists. MESO also includes museum-grade exhibits, scientific equipment, and interaction with scientists and educators, creating a science centre on wheels during the daytime. While at night, it transforms to an observatory hosting stargazing parties that explore the universe.
Through digital link-ups to Hong Kong and around the world, MESO offers real-time virtual star parties, science demonstrations, and cutting edge science education for schools, museums, and community events. These opportunities excite and motivate young people to further explore science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
MESO’s mission is to engage participants in scientific inquiry and allow them to experience first-hand what it is to be a scientist, to use scientific instruments and to make observations of our world and beyond. The scientists and educators that bring MESO to life include researchers in astrophysics, engineering, chemistry, education, astronomy, physics, and geology.
The Royal Institution (Ri) has a vision for the world in which everyone is inspired to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. Home to scientific giants including Michael Faraday, Humphry Davy, Kathleen Lonsdale and John Tyndall, discoveries made here have shaped the modern world. Vitally, these scientists understood the importance of sharing their work with the wider public.
Today the Royal Institution continues its mission to create opportunities for everyone to discover, discuss and critically examine science and how it shapes the world around us. Building on its heritage, the Royal Institution provides science education and public engagement for people of all ages around the world – from the world-famous Christmas Lectures and public talks from the world's greatest thinkers in its historic lecture theatre to a successful YouTube channel with 900,000+ subscribers and a programme of masterclasses for young people in mathematics, engineering and computer science. In addition, there are hands-on science workshops in its L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre, award-winning animations and films and the preservation of its scientific legacy through the Faraday Museum and archival collections.
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Dr Phillip Yam is a working mathematician and is currently the Co-director of Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science Programme and an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Phillip was a Visiting Professor of Columbia University, a research fellow of University of Bonn and University of Vienna. He received his BSc in Actuarial Science and MPhil in Mathematical Finance from The University of Hong Kong, his MASt in Pure Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and his PhD in Mathematical Analysis from the University of Oxford. Phillip is both an enthusiastic researcher and a passionate educator with a strong favour in general science, engineering and information technology, and economics and finance. His lifelong mission is to inspire younger generations of the STEM researchers by articulating his unique mathematical insight to explain various physical and social phenomena.
任尚智博士 Croucher Scholars 裘槎科學家 CUHK 香港中文大學
Dr Grantham Pang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The Hong Kong University. Grantham obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the University of Waterloo, Canada, before teaching at The University of Hong Kong. He is very interested in artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms, and wonders how computers without programming can perform better than humans in some tasks. He wants to use mathematics and science to inspire the new generation of young people, and hopes that they are well-equipped with problem-solving skills and knowledge in face of challenges.
彭國雄博士 Croucher Scholars 裘槎科學家 HKU 香港大學
Dr Rosa Chan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong. Rosa’s lab builds computational tools to better understand how the brain works. She hopes to share the exciting development in neural engineering research with the public. Technologies previously seen in science-fiction movies will soon become a reality and make a positive impact on our daily lives.
陳皓敏博士 Croucher Scholars 裘槎科學家 CityU 香港城市大學