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HKFYG news

September 2016 | Youth Hong Kong

lab building up STEAM The LEAD creative education programme is taking STEM education an extra step forward, building on its experience and reputation with the new LEAD lab and a pioneering venture in STEAM.

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oung people today need practical skills and useful knowledge to tackle challenges and find jobs. LEAD (Learning through Engineering, Art and Design) is a creative education programme spearheaded by HKFYG to help them. The LEAD concept has been developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2005, it has introduced youth to technologies from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, instilling a new way of learning that is free of “right” ways and “wrong” answers. The goal is inventive education through engagement in hands-on, design-based strategies in multiple disciplines which include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The 2015 and 2016 policy addresses refer to STEM education as the route to renewal and enrichment in the school curricula. LEAD fosters this type of integrated, multidisciplinary education and is committed to supporting holistic development in line with educational reforms in Hong Kong. Its new one-stop STEM learning centre, the LEAD lab, focus on three elements: Academy, Competitions and Talent & Exchange.

Academy – where learning takes place For the coming academic year, HKFYG’s LEAD lab will foster STEM education and provide support to the next generation of scientists and innovators. A wide range of workshops with state-of-the-art facilities will be available for schools, parents and students. These workshops will revolve around STEM, building momentum in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Mathematics), an added extra which sparks innovative ideas, helping participants consolidate new skills and giving them experiential learning. Learning works best through doing, as Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher said, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Likewise, at LEAD knowledge is applied and not wasted. Fully engaged students at LEAD lab workshops will have hands-on activities which stimulate their young minds, but they will also be fun and keep children focused: thinking, questioning and making connections.

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