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Junior Science Institute (JSI)

JSI Workshops offered in 2022-23

For academic year 2022-23, we offer 8 workshops in 1st semester; and 11 for 2nd semester*. Please refer to below for workshop schedule and details.

Please also note that HKU has introduced enhanced Covid-19 control measures. Anyone wishing to enter the campus will need to comply with the vaccination requirements of the University. For more information, please visit: https://covid19.hku.hk/control/enhanced-covid-19-control-measures-on-campus/

 

CategoryWorkshop Code and NameLevelTime
Artificial IntelligenceJSI0081 Artificial Intelligence ChatbotsF.4 - F.6

9:00am - 4:30pm

*Lunch will be at participants' own costs.

Artificial IntelligenceJSI0100 Mixed Reality in Metaverse IF.4 - F.6
Biological SciencesJSI0097 Why Biodiversity Matters, and How Your Actions Make a DifferenceF.5 - F.6
ChemistryJSI0003 Colourful FoodF.4 - F.6
MathematicsJSI0102 Mathematics – An Octopus I 數學博達通(一)F.4 - F.6
PhysicsJSI0088 Solar Observation F.6
PhysicsJSI0089 Living in the Material WorldF.4 - F.5
PhysicsJSI0092 Exploring Wonders of Flatland in PhysicsF.4 - F.6
CategoryWorkshop Code and NameLevelTime
Artificial IntelligenceJSI0080 Can Artificial Intelligence Be Creative?F.4 - F.6

9:00am - 4:30pm

*Lunch will be at participants' own costs.

Artificial IntelligenceJSI0101 Mixed Reality in Metaverse IIF.4 - F.6
Biological SciencesJSI0056 Check Your HealthF.4 - F5
Biological ScienceJSI0071 To See DNA Crossing and ExchangingF.5 - F.6
Biological ScienceJSI0098 Emerging Technologies to Monitor and Conserve BiodiversityF.5 - F.6
Biological ScienceJSI0099 Funky Fermented FoodF.5
ChemistryJSI0037 Molecular GastronomyF.4 - F.6
Earth SciencesJSI0083 Geological Heritage of Hong KongF.4 - F.6
Earth SciencesJSI0096 Plastic PollutionF.4 - F.6
MathematicsJSI0103 Mathematics – An Octopus II 數學博達通(二)F.4 - F.6
PhysicsJSI0093 Observational AstrophysicsF.4 - F.6

 

Application  

 

 Artificial Intelligence        Biological Sciences        Chemistry        Earth Sciences
       Mathematics        Physics

Artificial Intelligence

JSI0080AI
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.

AI chatbotsJSI0081
Artificial Intelligence Chatbots
 

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

Conversational Artificial Intelligence enables machines to understand human voice or text input in a natural way. In this workshop, we will create our own Turing Test and examine it with an AI Chatbot.

JSI0100 New
Mixed Reality in Metaverse I
 

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

This course will introduce what metaverse and mixed reality are.  Students will be asked to implement their avatar in HKU Campusland and have some mixed reality activities in metaverse.  Students will be asked to implement an experience room of metaverse for their schools.

Remarks: When students join this course, they can form a group of 3-5 students from the same school; and they will join an AI in Metaverse competition organised by HKU SAAS Data Science Lab

JSI0101 New
Mixed Reality in Metaverse II

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

This workshop will follow up the experience room of metaverse in the 1st metaverse workshop in first semester. Students will implement the mixed reality learning contents in metaverse, and will be asked to complete the mixed reality learning content in metaverse to participate in the AI metaverse competition.

 

Biological Sciences

health

JSI0056
Check your Health

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.

DNA Crossing and ExchangingJSI0071
To See DNA Crossing and Exchanging

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

Sister 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.

biodiversity mattersJSI0097 New
Why Biodiversity Matters, and How Your Actions Make a Difference

Teacher: Dr Alice HUGHES, School of Biological Sciences
Level: F.5 - F.6

The natural world is incredible, with amazing species that surpass the bounds of many's imagination. Yet global biodiversity is under threat, and that threat also translates to risks to humans too.

Here we will learn about the amazing world of biodiversity, and also what we share our city with, we will learn what services different species provided, and the incredible roles they play in ecosystems. In addition we will cover why biodiversity is threatened, both regionally and more widely. We will then cover the risks of biodiversity loss and the role of development and commodity chains, discuss both the global and regional mechanisms to maintain global biodiversity, and how individual actions can make a significant difference to biodiversity impacts. The workshop will include a combination of lectures, short exercises, student discussions and presentations, so they can understand more about biodiversity, why it is threatened and what we can do to better maintain global biodiversity.

 JSI0098 New
 Emerging Technologies to Monitor and Conserve Biodiversity

 Teacher: Dr Juan Diego GAITÁN-ESPITIA, School of Biological Sciences
 Level: F.5 - F.6

This workshop aims to provide a glimpse of the new technologies that have been integrated to biodiversity management and conservation. Students will get familiar with equipment and computing resources that are currently used for tracking species distribution and changes. This workshop combines theoretical lectures with practicals using remote sensing tools as well as computing resources for modeling and collecting data. There will be also some insights into the use of molecular technologies for biodiversity conservation. 

Remarks: Students will need to complete project presentation.

NukazukeJSI0099 New
Funky Fermented Food

Teacher: Dr Sam LEUNG, School of Biological Sciences
Level: F.5 

The practice of fermentation of food has been used domestically and commercially. It is an important process in the food industry since it can extend the shelf life of fresh food and produce flavorsome food during the fermentation period. In this workshop, students will learn about the basics of food fermentation, tasting of traditional Japanese-style fermented food, known as Nukazuke, and learn to produce the popular fermented tea beverage, Kombucha.

 

Chemistry

Colour foodJSI0003
Colourful Food

Teacher: Dr Angela TONG, Department of Chemistry
Level: F.4 - F.6

Colour is an important aspect in our enjoyment of the food we eat. The objective of this workshop is to guide  participants to search the chemicals embedded in food and beverages that are responsible for the colours. Through the understanding of a variety of molecular structures, chemical separations and analyses of some colourants in the project, participants may get a taste of modem scientific research.

Colourful-Food

JSI0037
Molecular Gastronomy

Teacher: Dr Angela YUEN, Department of Chemistry
Level: F.4 - F.6

There are many chemical and physical changes occurred during the cooking progress with impart each dish with its own characteristic taste and aroma. Through some simple science concepts, we can account for some observations or rationale behind the recipes and cooking myths. In this hands-on workshop, students will gain insights of the science behind the scene of cooking and gain insights from some common techniques such as gelation and spherification in molecular gastronomy.

 

Earth Sciences

geology

JSI0083
Geological Heritage of Hong Kong

Teacher: Dr Haz CHEUNG, Department of Earth Sciences
Level: F.4 - F.6

Although Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated and busy places in the world, almost 70% is undeveloped countryside, covering landscape of jugged mountains, rugged rock forms and vastness coastlines many different specular landscapes. Student will learn through guided field trips about geology and landscape of Hong Kong.

plastic pollutionJSI0096
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.

 

Mathematics

math3JSI0102 New
Mathematics – An Octopus I 數學博達通(一)

Teacher: Dr Tak Wing CHING and Dr Chun Yin HUI, Department of Mathematics
Level: F.4 - F.6

Mathematics is everywhere in our daily life. In this mathematics workshop series, our teachers will guide students to appreciate various topics in mathematics that find deep and interesting applications in various aspects of our everyday life. Two different topics will be covered in the morning and afternoon sessions.

data

JSI0103 New
Mathematics – An Octopus II 數學博達通(二)

Teacher: Dr Yat Ming CHAN and Dr Haiyu ZHANG, Department of Mathematics
Level: F.4 - F.6

Mathematics is everywhere in our daily life. In this mathematics workshop series, our teachers will guide students to appreciate various topics in mathematics that find deep and interesting applications in various aspects of our everyday life. Two different topics will be covered in the morning and afternoon sessions.

  

Physics

Solar ObservationJSI0088
Solar Observation

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

We will explore the images of the Sun and the concept of celestial sphere, with demonstrating the usage of a free astronomical software. If weather permits, an outdoor solar observation activity will be performed; we will make our own solar googles and pin-hole wobservation devices!

Remarks: Students could bring their own laptop with pre-installed free software of teacher's choice. Details should be sent to participants before the workshop.

 

JSI0089
Living in the Material World

Teachers: Dr Edmond LEUNG, Faculty of Science
Level: F.4 - F.5

The civilisation and technology of humankind in the pre-historical period may be described by the type of materials used. The transition from one period to another reflects the evolution in human civilisation and technology in making and processing materials. This workshop provides a general understanding of the development of materials by humankind in history and its relationship with human civilisation.

JSI0092
Exploring Wonders of Flatland in Physics

Teachers: 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. In this workshop, we will talk about the wonders of such 'flatlands' in physicists’ viewpoint.

Observational AstrophysicsJSI0093
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 Department of Physics.