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TouchStart Science Summer Programme

TouchStart Science Summer Programme
Take your first steps into the exciting world of science through the 3-day interactive summer workshops led by the enthusiastic researchers of HKU Science! Through talks, lab visits, demonstration, group projects and more, you will get the chance to delve deeper into more advanced topics in the scientific limelight. Embark on your journey into the exciting world of science and ignite your scientific inspiration!

 

 

icon bar: Lab visits, Demonstrations: Science talks, In-class activities, Campus visits, Admissions talk

We offer the following summer workshops in July 2023: 

What's the Matter?What's the Matter?

Everything in this physical world is made of matter. Why is particular matter used to make things functional? Why do different types of materials behave differently? This workshop provides an opportunity to explore the multidisciplinary field of materials science. Through hands-on activities, students will learn about the structure-property relationships of materials and scientific methods to characterise materials.
 
Lab visits Demonstrations Science talks In-class activities Campus visits Admissions talk
Date:July 26-28, 2023 (Wednesday-Friday)
Time:10am-5pm
Format:Face-to-face
Workshop rundown:
Day 1: Introduction to materials science, hands-on experiments, and group discussion
Day 2: Introduction to materials characterisation techniques, hands-on experiments, and group discussion
Day 3: Group discussion, presentation and feedback session
Programme fee:HK$ 2,500 
Eligibility:Form 4-5 (secondary school students); 
Year 11-12 (international school students)
Application:To be announced
 

Drug Discovery

Drug DiscoveryDrugs play an essential role in our world, not only as effective substances for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease but also to improve 'quality of life'. The process of drug discovery typically involves understanding the character of targets (e.g., enzymes, cells, tissues, etc.) related to the disease, setting up the concept of drug design, providing lead compounds (via traditional medicines, natural products, biological macromolecules, compound libraries, computational chemistry, etc.). In particular, analysing the structure-activity-relationships of a drug molecule and target plays a vital role in drug discovery and leads optimisation process. This workshop will help students to understand the mode of action at a molecular level suitable for secondary school students.

 

Lab visits Demonstrations Science talks In-class activities Campus visits Admissions talk 

Date:July 26-28, 2023 (Wednesday-Friday)
Time:10am-5pm
Format:Face-to-face
Workshop rundown:
Day 1:
• Science Talk: The chemical biology of drug design and discovery
• Project Introduction: Drug molecules
• Lab tour
Day 2: TLC Analysis of painkillers & IR characterisation of drug molecules
Day 3: Organic Synthesis of a drug molecule
Programme fee:HK$ 2,500 
Eligibility:Form 4-6 (secondary school students); 
Year 11-13 (international school students)
Application:To be announced
 

AIThe Mathematical Foundations Behind AI

The goal of this workshop is to expose students to some fundamental science behind artificial intelligence (AI), focusing on the essential  mathematical concepts in areas like computation, optimisation, and probability. Teachers in the Department of Mathematics who have expertise in computational mathematics, scientific computing, optimisation, partial differential equations, machine learning, etc. will join and share some classical and modern approaches related to AI with the participants.
 

Demonstrations Science talks In-class activities Campus visits Admissions talk 

Date:July 26-28, 2023 (Wednesday-Friday)
Time:10am-5pm
Format:Face-to-face
Workshop rundown:
Day 1:
• Brief introduction to Department’s research and teaching
• Introduction of AI and general research and methodologies in AI
• Lectures on general mathematical coding and computer algebra systems; an introduction to Python and the
  mathematical concepts behind programming
• Demonstrations and hands-on experiments
• Description of group projects; group discussion
Day 2:
• Lectures on project-directed methods/algorithms including pattern recognition, clustering, SVM, decision trees,
  DNN, searching methods, etc.
• Demonstrations and hands-on experiments; group discussion on projects
Day 3:
• Project presentation and feedback
• Concluding lecture, plus a brief introduction of relevant courses offered in the department
• Project-related and cutting-edge research talks by invited speakers
Programme fee:HK$ 2,500 
Eligibility:Form 4-6 (secondary school students); 
Year 11-13 (international school students)
Application:To be announced