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13th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools raises awareness of engineering careers

19 March 2016

As part of an ongoing bid to raise awareness of the engineering professions among young people and enhance interest in studying related subjects, the Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), partnered with the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Faculty of Engineering of The University of Hong Kong in organising the 13th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools 2016 for students from Hong Kong and Macao. This year, close to 90 Hong Kong and Macao secondary schools participated in the competition. The final competition was held today (19 March) and it was also the first time the event was held at Cyberport.
 
The event has been selected as one of the highlight events of Appreciate Hong Kong along with the Development Bureau of the HKSAR as supporting organisation and American Society of Civil Engineers-Hong Kong Section as sponsor. The guest of honour of the final competition-cum-prize presentation ceremony, HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie LAM, said, “I hope students not only understand better bridge design and construction after the competition, but also learn that building a society requires the concerted and dedicated efforts of all parties. When the whole society benefits from the fruit laid down by predecessors, we have to thank the latter for their commitment and understand the hard work involved. All the more reason to appreciate the community we are living in and strive to add value to Hong Kong in concert, which is the spirit of Appreciate Hong Kong.”
 
VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN said the competition has been popular among the school sector, and offers a valuable opportunity for secondary school students to apply what they learnt in the classroom and exchange information and views with peers. He added, “VTC encourages students to be innovative and pursue development in the STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as actively take part in local and international competitions in order to broaden their horizons.” He pointed out that Hong Kong representatives frequently emerge with flying colours in international engineering competitions, a testimony to their globally-benchmarked standards.  
 
The competition represents a prestigious annual event for secondary schools. This year, some 1,100 participants from 183 teams from 89 Hong Kong and Macao secondary schools took part in the tournament. First held in 2004, the competition has been well-received among secondary school students. Secondary 1 to 6 students can organise teams of four to five and apply through their schools. This year the entry requirements were relaxed to allow a maximum of three teams from each school so more secondary students could participate. 
 
Sixty teams entered the final round after the heats held in early March 2016. At the final held today, shortlisted teams will each build a bridge model using materials provided by the organiser. The models will have to be able to withstand the litmus test of increasing load weight for the Best Load Capacity Award and the Best Structural Efficiency Award. Judges will also handpick a model for the Best Design Award among the 60 entries. The team achieving the highest scores across the different awards will be awarded the grand prize.  
 
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 Diploma of Foundation Studies 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.  

Website: www.ive.edu.hk
                                                                         
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Annex 1
 
Winning List

 

Results of 13th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools 2016
Grand Prize TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College (Team 2)
Best Load Capacity Award
Champion TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College (Team 2)
First Runner-up Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College (Team 2)
Second Runner-up HHCKLA Buddhist Ching Kok Secondary School (Team 2)
Best Structural Efficiency Award
Champion TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College (Team 2)
First Runner-up Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College (Team 2)
Second Runner-up Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School (Team 1)
Best Design Award
Champion Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School (Team 2)
First Runner-up Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School (Team 1)
Second Runner-up Man Kiu College (Team 2)


 

Guest of honour HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie LAM said the competition provided an opportunity for students to flex their creativity and the public to understand more about the engineering industry
Guest of honour HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie LAM said the competition provided an opportunity for students to flex their creativity and the public to understand more about the engineering industry
TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College (Team 2) won the 13th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools Grand Prize
TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College (Team 2) won the 13th Infrastructure Building Competition for Secondary Schools Grand Prize
The 60 bridge models built have to be able to withstand a loaded moving car
The 60 bridge models built have to be able to withstand a loaded moving car