Workshop Organized by the Environmental Association

LEE Kin Long Victor (S4R)

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On the 8th of March, I went to the E-Wise Discovery Centre in Tai Po with other Science Club members. I learnt a lot about the wisdom of the traditional people. For example, they used a sort of bamboo which is a relatively better conductor for making chairs. When we sat on one, we felt so cool. For leather furniture, as it is a relatively poor conductor, we easily feel hot when we sit on it in summer, and we have to consume more energy than sitting on a bamboo chair to cool ourselves down.

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Apart from that, each of us made a dye bag with dried leaves. What’s special about it is that the dye we were using was organic. We were so excited about making different kinds of patterns on the bag. Each of us successfully designed and created a bag with different kinds of leaves. After that, we had to sew it. Although it was challenging to some of us, we all tried our best and completed the task with joy and a great sense of achievement.

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Nobel Laureates’ Youth Talk

CHAN Stevenson Mark  (S5L)

It was truly a marvelous experience to have been able to listen to a Nobel Prize laureate talk about his life, and research. Professor Ei-ichi Negishi is a Japanese chemist who is renowned for his research on organic catalysis through the use of palladium. He received a Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2009 for his contribution, a great feat that he has achieved.

As mere form 5 students, it was not expected that we were able to fully comprehend the details and the depths of his study. However, what inspired me most is how the professor started his career as a young boy who liked chemistry. It was his admiration for chemistry that fueled his endeavor to study it in university, and to do post-degree research on it. It was inspiring to listen to how the professor spoke of his difficulties and his experience as a university researcher; for example, how his advisor used to ask him to rinse and repeat different experiments.

I was definitely lucky and privileged to have been able to attend Professor Negishi’s lecture. I would, without a doubt, be happy to attend a similar ceremony in the future.

Public Lecture Organized by the CUHK “The Wonders of Language in Everyday Life”

FAN Louis Luo (S4R)

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In November 2013, some of our S.4 Chinese students attended a talk conducted by a professor from the Department of Linguistics of Chinese University of Hong Kong. The talk was about the development of human language. How do we learn our mother tongue in our early developmental stage? What are the similarities and the differences between languages? How did people invent a language?  What the professor had said impressed me a lot. I liked most of the contents and the sub-topics. However, the most interesting part throughout the talk is the comparison between Chinese, English and Swahili which is commonly used in the eastern and the central part of Africa especially in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. He discussed the similarities and the differences of the grammars of different languages and how a new language could be formed from its original language.
After this activity, I know more about the development of human languages, how we learn our mother tongue and how a language is born. It is really a meaningful experience. Hopefully, our school can organize more similar activities like this in the sooner future.