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Junior Science Institute (JSI)

JSI Workshops offered in 2021-22

For academic year 2021-22, we offer 5 workshops in 1st semester; and 7 for 2nd semester*. Please refer to below for workshop schedule and details.

Please note that from January 17, 2022, guests wishing to enter the HKU campus will need either to be fully vaccinated* or to take weekly self-tests. Guests will need to show their vaccination records or self-test results# to a security guard.

*Please also note that ‘fully vaccinated’ means it must be at least 14 days after the 2nd shot.
#We will accept original copies, photocopies, and screenshots of vaccination records and self-test results.

CategoryWorkshop Code and NameLevelTime
Biological SciencesJSI0027 Evaluate your MeatF.4 - F.59am - 10:45am
MathematicsJSI0075 Probability in Daily LifeF.4 - F.611:30am - 1:15pm
PhysicsJSI0082 The Two-sphere Model of the UniverseF.4 - F.611:30am - 1:15pm
PhysicsJSI0092 Exploring Wonders of Flatland in PhysicsF.4 - F.61:30pm - 3:15pm
Statistics &
Actuarial Science
JSI0094 Introductory of Virtual Intelligent Robots I F.4 - F.61:30pm - 3:15pm


CategoryWorkshop Code and NameLevelTimeStatus
ChemistryJSI0031 Gases EverywhereF.4 - F.5/Cancelled
Biological SciencesJSI0056 Check your HealthF.4 - F.59am-10:45amSwitched to online mode
Biological SciencesJSI0071 To See DNA Crossing and ExchangingF.5 - F.63:45pm-5:30pmSwitched to online mode
Artificial IntelligenceJSI0080 Can Artificial Intelligence be Creative?F.4 - F.611:30am-1:15pmSwitched to online mode
PhysicsJSI0087 How Does Various Kinds of Astronomical Telescopes Work?F.6/Cancelled
PhysicsJSI0093 Observational AstrophysicsF.4 - F.6/Cancelled
Earth SciencesJSI0096 Plastic PollutionF.4 - F.61:30pm-3:15pmSwitched to online mode


*JSI workshops in 2nd semester (March 19) will be changed to online mode due to the outbreak of COVID-19.



Artificial Intelligence        Biological Sciences        Chemistry        Earth Sciences
       Mathematics        Physics        Statistics and Actuarial Science        

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial IntelligenceJSI0080
Can Artificial Intelligence
be Creative? 

Teacher: Dr Rachel LUI, Faculty of Science
Level: F.4 - F.6

Machines can simulate human intelligence, think like human as well as mimic their actions. Can machines be creative? In this workshop, we will investigate whether machines can engage in creative activities through painting a picture and composing a song using Artificial Intelligence.


Biological Sciences

JSI0027Evaluate your Meat
Evaluate your Meat

Teacher: Dr Thomas Lam, School of Biological Sciences
Level: F.4 - F.5

How do you decide which package of meat and meat products to buy in a supermarket? You probably use your senses to determine the quality of meat. Attributes of meat quality include colour, juiciness, texture and flavour. In this workshop, students will learn how to apply instrumental analysis to assess the quality of meat through colour and texture. Students also will learn to compare how ‘real’ sausage differ in quality from commercial ones by making the sausage and evaluating the flavour, texture and colour.


Check your Healt

Teacher: Dr Lu ZHANG, School of Biological Sciences
Level: F.4 - F.5

Are you healthy or unhealthy? A balanced diet and exercise are important combination for a healthy body. With the increase of Western diet such as burgers, pizza and variety of fast-foods, the health status of the youth is declining and becoming a Global problem. In this workshop, students will learn the use of simple physiological assessments to identify their health status. Measurement of body mass index (BMI), body fat, blood pressure and bone density students can self-check if one is obese or have a healthy heart or strong bones. From these measurements, the students will learn to interpret and improve their health status.

To See DNA
Crossing and Exchanging

Teacher: Dr Gary CHAN, School of Biological Sciences
Level: F.5 - F.6

To See DNA Crossing and ExchangingSister chromatid exchanges (SCEs) is the reciprocal exchange of genetic material between two identical sister chromatids. SCEs are produced when cells repair DNA damage. The frequency of SCE is highly elevated in cancer cells and cells derived from individuals with Bloom syndrome. In this workshop, students will conduct experiment to detect SCE in normal and Bloom syndrome cell lines.



JSI0031Gases Everywhere
Gases Everywhere

 Teacher: Dr Geroge AKOM, Faculty of Science
 Level: F.4 - F.5

Gases are everywhere. They are also very important - many natural processes would not occur without them. Students, however, generally hold alternative conceptions with respect to gases. In this workshop, students will engage in some hands-on, minds-on and exciting approaches in reconsidering their conceptions of gases. Questions to answer include: Are gases matter? Are all gases alike? How do they generally behave? How can we make and use some of them?


Earth Sciences

Plastic PollutionJSI0096 New
Plastic Pollution

Teacher: Dr Christelle NOT, Department of Earth Sciences
Level: F.4 - F.6

Plastic present in the environment will fragmentate in smaller pieces called microplastics. In this workshop we will explain how these microplastics formed and how we can collect them from the environment for their monitoring. We will experience in the laboratory how the samples are processed and microplastic pieces counted and identified. Finally, we will also discuss what are the actions we can take to reduce the plastic pollution.



Probability in Daily Life

Teacher: Dr Haiyu ZHANG, Department of Mathematics
Level: F.4 - F.6

Probability plays an important role in our daily life. You may think that you will not perform probability problems, but actually you use probability to make decision nearly every day- to plan around the weather. In this workshop, we will discuss several interesting probability problems in our daily life.



The Two-sphere Model of the Universe

Teacher: Dr Timothy WOTHERSPOON, Faculty of Science
Level: F.4 - F.6

Early astronomers imagined the Earth as the unmoving, fixed center of the Universe. This may seem silly to modern people, but the long-standing popularity of this model is due to its tremendous success despite its simplicity. We will use a smartphone app simulating the Armillary Sphere, a practical device based on the two-sphere model to explore its usefulness.

How Does Various Kinds of Astronomical Telescopes Work?

Teacher: Dr David YU, Faculty of Science
Level: F.6

We will explore the working principles behind various kinds of astronomical telescopes, there will also be demonstration on the usage of a free astronomical software "Stellarium".

Exploring Wonders of Flatland in Physics

Teacher: Dr Dong-Keun KI, Department of Physics
Level: F.4 - F.6

Have you ever wondered what would happen if materials become so thin and flat? Physicists have asked the same question for years and found various ways to explore such a “Flatland”. Unlike how difficult it sounds, one can now get even only one-atom-thin layer using sticky tapes. We will talk about the wonders of such “flatlands” in physicists’ viewpoint.

JSI0093Observational Astrophysics
Observational Astrophysics

Teacher: Dr Stephen NG, Department of Physics
Level: F.4 - F.6

In this workshop student will learn about new discoveries in astronomy and gain hands-on experience in operating small telescopes. If weather permits, we will observe the Sun using the 16-inch telescope in the physics department.


Statistics and Actuarial Science

Introductory of Virtual Intelligent Robots I

Teacher: Dr Adela LAU, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
Level: F.4 - F.6

Virtual Intelligent RobotRobotics play an increasingly important role in our lives, entertainment, healthcare, supply chain, business, and banking. The aim of this workshop is to introduce how to design an intelligent robotic in a simulated virtual environment, and to innovate you on robotics designs for entrepreneurship and changing our world. The workshop will (i) briefly introduce some basic concept on implementing a virtual intelligent robotics, and (ii) give a demo on controlling a robot in a simulated virtual environment.