News and Notices

 
Announcement date News
 May 5, 2020

As the Government announced continued school suspensions, special arrangements have been made.

Primary Level:
The competition is canceled. A certificate and two Ocean Park admission tickets will be awarded to all finalists.

Secondary Level:
The competition format is changed to video. Two online workshops will be scheduled for each team independently. Please refer to the Competition Timeline for more details.

April 14, 2020

As the Government announces schools would resume classes on April 20 the earliest pending further assessment, Design Workshop 2, 3 and Final Round Presentation will continue as usual. For details, please refer to Competiton Timeline.

Changes will be made if the suspensions of school continue after 20 April 2020, please refer to website and email updates for latest announcement.

(For Secondary Level)
Please submit 1st Draft Enrichment Design Prototype on or before 3 May 2020 (Sunday):

Template can be downloaded here: 1st Draft Enrichment Design Prototype

Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: steam@oceanpark.com.hk

March 11, 2020
Template of environmental enrichment design:
For Primary Level  For Secondary Level
February 27, 2020
Thank you for supporting “The Ocean Park STEAM Student Competition 2020”.
The result is announced by 14 February 2020 (Friday).

As the Government announces the suspensions of schools will be extended until 20 April 2020,
Design Workshop 2 and 3 will be rescheduled.
The date of the online workshop would be announced by email.

Design Workshop 1 and Final Round Presentation Briefing Session will be combined and conducted in online mode. Details in below:
Primary Level: February 28, 2020 (Friday) 11:00am - 12:00pm
Secondary Level: February 28, 2020 (Friday) 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The details of online workshop were emailed to all teams.
Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: steam@oceanpark.com.hk.

Introduction and Aims

Ocean Park is proud to present The Ocean Park STEAM Student Competition 2020. Students in all parts of the world are invited to propose creative solutions to animal conservation issues. The Competition is aimed at encouraging students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired from STEAM-related disciplines in proposing their innovative animal conservation solutions.

Student participants are to design and construct environmental enrichments for different animals. Environmental enrichments are essentially “toys” which provide animals with a richer environment filled with physiological and psychological stimuli. Environmental enrichments are exceedingly important to wildlife rescue and research centres, zoos and aquariums. Not only are they essential for improving animal welfare, they also contribute to animal research, rehabilitation and release of wildlife.

Participants will have the opportunities to take part in animal conservation work to improve animals’ living environment, quality of life and welfare. They will also gain valuable hands-on experience and become next-generation “makers”.

Eligibility

  1. Maximum of 2 teams from each school;
  2. Maximum of 5 students in each team and each student can only be in 1 team;
  3. At least 1 supervising teacher from each school; and
  4. Top 5 schools in each topic of the First Round Assessment will be selected to enter the Final Round Presentation.


Enrollment Details

Workshop Time & Quota Enrollment Form
Please use this row for email confirmation testing Enrollment Test
Online Consultation Workshop 1
May 16, 2020(Saturday)
09:00-09:30:2 teams
09:35-10:05:2 teams
10:15-10:45:2 teams
10:50-11:20:2 teams
12:30-13:00:2 teams
13:05-13:35:2 teams
13:45-14:15:2 teams
14:20-14:50:2 teams
Workshop 1 Enrollment

May 11, 2020 10:00am start enrollment
Online Consultation Workshop 2
June 6, 2020(Saturday)
**Optional
09:00-09:30:1 team
09:35-10:05:1 team
10:15-10:45:1 team
10:50-11:20:1 team
12:30-13:00:1 team
13:05-13:35:1 team
13:45-14:15:1 team
14:20-14:50:1 team
Workshop 2 Enrollment

June 1, 2020 10:00am start enrollment

 

Competition Topics

The theme of the competition is “Innovation for Animals”.

Participants will be assigned their respective topics depending on their levels.

Levels Topics Participants have to
Primary Level (P.1 – P.6) “Red-handed Tamarin” Design environmental enrichments for red-handed tamarin
Secondary Level (S.1 – S.6) “Green Sea Turtle” Design environmental enrichments for green sea turtle

 

Competition Timeline

Content Date and Time
November 6, 2019 (Wednesday)
23:59 (Hong Kong Standard Time)
Application Deadline for Competition Briefing Session
November 16 & 23, 2019 (Saturday) Competition Briefing Session
January 10, 2020 (Friday)
23:59 (Hong Kong Standard Time)
Deadline for entering the Competition
February 14, 2020 (Friday) Announcement of Finalists
Primary Level: February 28, 2020 (Friday) 
Secondary Level: February 28, 2020 (Friday) 
Oline Design Workshop 1 and
Final Round Presentation Briefing Session
May 16, 2020 (Saturday) Online Consultation Workshop 1
*To be held on Zoom platform (tentative)
June 6, 2020 (Saturday) Online Consultation Workshop 2
*To be held on Zoom platform (tentative)
**Optional
June 29, 2020 (Monday)
12:00 n.n. (Hong Kong Standard Time)
Collection of final round presentation videos
*Please email it to steam@oceanpark.com.hk 
July 4, 2020 (Saturday)

(The final presentation has two tentative arrangements. The final arrangement will be announced on June 15 via email and website)

Arrangement 1: To be held in Applause Pavilion at Ocean Park

After each team shares their final video, there will be a 15-minutes Q&A session. Judges will select the winner and announce the competition results.

Arrangement 2: Students unable to attend the event at Ocean Park due to epidemic

Competition results and comments on the videos will be released via email.



Content of Design Workshop (only for finalists)

Workshop Theme Content
Workshop 1 Introduction to environmental enrichment Learn more about the concept and standard of designing environmental enrichment via case study in Ocean Park


Content of Consultation Workshops (Only for Finalists)

Workshop Theme Content
Workshop 1 Enrichment prototype production Students will need to present and showcase their prototype. Ocean Park and MakerBay will provide comments to assist students in making the video and prototype.
Workshop 2 Enrichment prototype production Ocean Park and MakerBay will provide follow-up support and consultation. Students can choose whether to enroll in the workshop based on their own needs.


Notices of Consultation Workshop

  • The link of the online workshop would be announced one day before via email
  • Please enter the online meeting room 5 minutes before start. The workshop could not be extended if late for the workshop
  • Please enter your chinese name before entering the meeting room for roll call
  • We suggest that you could open your camera and mute your mic when you entered the meeting room. Open your mic if you need to speak, otherwise the background noise may affect the sound quality
  • Preparation before the workshop:
    - refer to model report template and MakerBay's prototype making video for details of model making
    - create first draft of model and discover simple materials for replacement
    - any difficulties during the production
    - any questions to ask MakerBay's tutors
  • If you need to cancel the enrolled workshop, please contact us via STEAM@oceanpark.com.hk two days before the workshop

Bad weather arrangement

In the event of the following situations occur, the workshops will be rearranged:
  • The Hong Kong OBservatory issues a Black Rainstorm Warning Signals, or;
  • The Hong Kong Observatory issues Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals Number 8 or above, or;
  • The Education Bureau announces class suspension of all schools.

Application and Submission

First Round Assessment
  1. Fill in the Online Application Form. Competition enrollment
  2. Prepare a Project Proposal on your respective competition topic:
    1. Project Proposal (Maximum 3 A4 pages)
      • Project proposal should be written in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese or English;
      • Project Proposal written in Chinese should also include a Title in English;
      • The content of the Project Proposal must include:
        • Literature review or background research on the animal in your respective topic;
        • The objective of your environmental enrichment; and

        • Three conceptual designs of environmental enrichments capable of achieving the aforementioned objective.
      • Please download the “Template for Project Proposal” (TBC) from the website. Please format your proposal using this template setting. Please do not change any document, paragraph, style or style name setting.
      • The finalised Project Proposal should be saved as an MS WORD document named in the format “School Name_Project Proposal Title”, and be submitted through our online submission system.

Final Round Presentation
5 selected teams in secondary level will be invited to implement their proposal, construct a prototype of one of the three proposed designs of environmental enrichment. They need to submit the video by June 29, 2020 12:00pm, and present their video in the Final Round Presentation on July 4, 2020.


The maximum length of the video is 15 minutes.
The final video can be conducted in Cantonese, Mandarin or English.
Teams will need to email the text content of the videos (Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / English) to steam@oceanpark.com.hk  for translation for the foreign judges.

The content of the presentation must include:
  • The reasons why you chose the current design among the three proposed designs;
  • Elaboration on the production process of environmental enrichment prototype;
  • Evaluations of the prototype in terms of safety, cost, durability, pros and cons, etc.; and
  • Suggestions on how to test the environmental enrichment prototype.

There is no restriction on video format. Students may consider creative methods, such as short play, stop-motion animation, etc., to present the environmental enrichment.

Students are asked to check that there is no copyright infringement in their videos.

Prizes

A certificate of participation will be given to every attendee.

A certificate and two Ocean Park admission tickets will be awarded to all finalists in Primary Level.


Judges will select a Champion and a First Runner-up for Secondary Level.

Secondary Level
Champion First Runner-up
Each participant will receive “Get Closer to the Animals”
1 Ocean Park Admission Ticket; and
1 Penguin Encounter Gift Voucher
Each participant will receive “Get Closer to the Animals”
1 Ocean Park Admission Ticket; and
1 Meet the Penguin Gift Voucher

Judging Criteria

First Round Assessment Final Round Presentation
The submitted Project Proposal will be judged on the content including:
  • Understanding on the animal of the respective topic;;
  • Relevance and suitability of the environmental enrichment’s objective; and
  • Feasibility and originality of the environmental enrichments’ conceptual designs.
The final video will be judged on:
  • Relevance and accuracy;
  • Structure, which includes clarity, delivery and presentation; and
  • Creativity and aesthetic.

Project Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Organiser. Participants will be contacted via email by February 14, 2020, with the results of the review.

5 teams from Secondary Level will be invited to implement their proposal, construct a prototype of one of the three proposed designs of environmental enrichments, and present their videos in the Final Round Presentation on July 4, 2020.

Travel to Hong Kong

Participants selected for the Final Round Presentation should arrive in Hong Kong no later than July 3, 2020.

Participants who are not based in Hong Kong must arrange and pay for their travelling and accommodation costs.

Enquiry

For enquiries, please contact us at (852) 3923-2323 or via email at STEAM@oceanpark.com.hk

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