Over 80 Hong Kong and Macau secondary schools competing in 12th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools
30 March 2015
The Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) partnered with the Faculty of Engineering, the Hong Kong Construction Association and The University of Hong Kong in organising the 12th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools for students from Hong Kong and Macau. This year over 80 Hong Kong and Macau secondary schools participated in the Competition.
The final round of the Competition successfully concluded last Saturday (28 March) where Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Mrs Fung Wong Fung Ting College won the Grand Prize. The students’ model bridge, made of wood sticks and weighing only 0.28 kilogram, was able to withstand a running car weighing over 42 kilograms. Their work won the championship of the Best Load Capacity Award, the First Runner-up of the Best Structural Efficiency Award and the Grand Prize.
The competition was supported by the Development Bureau and sponsored by the Hong Kong Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Paul CHAN, Secretary for Development, officiated at the ceremony and said the Competition was meaningful. It provided an interactive learning platform for students to exchange their knowledge in construction and engineering and broaden their horizon. He continued to remark that the total amount of public and private construction projects would be around HK$ 170 to 240 billion for the next decade, offering good employment prospects for engineers.
VTC Chairman Clement CHEN said VTC encouraged students to be innovative and to participate in major competitions to broaden their horizon. The Council has been dedicated to nurturing youngsters and providing a balanced mix of theoretical and practical training. It was hoped that students were able to put to use what they have learnt in classroom and learnt from their attachment experiences for forging a career in the construction and engineering sectors.
The Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools is a notable annual event in the school sector. This year, 138 teams comprising about 760 students from 83 Hong Kong and Macau secondary schools participated in the Competition. Each secondary school could field 2 teams of students at most. Since its inception in 2004, the Competition has been popular among Secondary 1-6 students who are welcome to form teams of 4 to 6 members and get nominated by their schools. Competitors are required to use the only 2 ingredients of wood sticks and adhesives to create a bridge model with the highest load capacity.
The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) is a member of the VTC Group. The 9 IVE campuses are located across the territory. Together they provide vocational education for secondary graduates as well as people in employment. IVE courses leading to the award of higher diploma and foundation diploma cover various academic disciplines including Applied Science; Business Administration; Childcare, Elderly and Community Services; Design; Information Technology; Engineering; as well as Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies.
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