12 Mar 2019
UM STEM Car popularises science and technology in local schools
澳大流動科普車增中小學生科學興趣
UM faculty members demonstrate a science experiment to students from local schools
澳大科普實驗展示

The Macao Base for Primary & Secondary STEM Education, established by the University of Macau (UM), has launched an On-the-Go Project, which aims to popularise science and technology in local secondary and primary schools with the aid of compact demonstration kits. So far, the UM STEM Car, a special vehicle dedicated to this purpose, has visited seven local schools, attracting more than 500 teachers and students.

During the tours, professors Tam Kam Weng, U Leong Hou and Lam Chi Chiu from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof Pan Hui from the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and Dr Pey-Tee Oon from the Faculty of Education, along with their postgraduate students, presented the four STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) kits, namely the Novel STEM Experimental Kit, the Quadrotor, the Hovercraft, and the 3D Scanner, to the students and explained relevant theories and their applications in daily life. The schools that have been visited by the UM STEM Car are the Workers' Children High School, Keang Peng School, Pui Ching Middle School, The Affiliated School of the University of Macau, Saint Paul School Macau, Escola Católica Estrela do Mar, and Macau Baptist College.

The UM STEM Car is part of the On-the-Go Project launched by the Macao Base for Primary & Secondary STEM Education, which was established in June 2018 by UM in collaboration with several other institutions, including Macau Science and Technology Development Fund, the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, the Chinese Educators’ Association of Macau, Macau Catholic Schools Association, Macao Science Center, and Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau. With UM’s Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion as the core component, the base launches a series of STEM programmes to support science popularisation in Macao and provide continuous training for teachers and students in local secondary schools. The base is also committed to promoting science education in Macao by collaborating with different sectors of society.

澳門大學“澳門中小學生科技實踐基地”推行“科普外展計劃”,以流動式的科普推廣車,配備輕巧有趣的科普演示器材,走進澳門各間中小學,展示不同的科普實驗,藉此增加中小學生對學習科學知識的興趣。至今已到訪七間學校,吸引逾500中小學師生參與。

外展由澳大科技學院教授譚錦榮、副教授余亮豪和林智超,應用物理及材料工程研究所副教授潘暉和教育學院助理教授溫佩娣帶領研究生到不同學校進行科普實驗,分別有“一維結構的反射光學衍射"、“四旋翼飛行器"、“氣墊船"和“三維掃描器",並講解相關理論及其生活應用。澳大科普推廣車已先後到訪了勞工子弟學校、鏡平學校、培正中學、澳門大學附屬應用學校、聖保祿學校、海星中學和澳門浸信中學,向超過500百名師生展示科普小實驗。

澳大科普推廣車為澳大“澳門中小學生科技實踐基地”的“科普外展計劃”項目之一。該基地於2018年6月成立,共建單位有澳門科學技術發展基金、澳門教育暨青年局、澳門中華教育會、澳門天主教學校聯會、澳門科學館及澳門郵電局。基地以澳大科學暨工程科普推廣中心為核心,推出一系列STEM教育計劃,支持社區科學推廣活動,為中學師生提供可持續培訓;基地也透過與各界合作,推動澳門科普教育的發展。