Ocean Park Hong Kong

“Connecting Students with Nature Through STEAM” Programme

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Online application Deadline: 31 May 2019 5:00pm
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Overview

 
In 2019/20 academic year, Ocean Park will continue the "Connecting Students with Nature through STEAM" Programme. A total of 10,000 students from kindergartens, primary and secondary schools will embark on a STEAM learning journey and will be connected with the nature through a free visit at Ocean Park with their teachers. The Programme will also offer exciting extension activities, including practical sessions where students will have a chance to implement their creative ideas, as well as comprehensive teacher support with instructional resources and workshops.

With a vision to be the world’s best theme park resort with focus on education, conservation and entertainment, Ocean Park is committed to providing edutainment experience through the thrill of discovery, while connecting people with nature. Ocean Park also offers teachers a unique opportunity to captivate their students' imagination in an exhilarating and engaging fashion, using the park's rides, animal exhibits, and conservation resources to illustrate and explore the principles of STEAM (STEAM stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics’). We offer programmes where students can explore the physics, mathematics and technology involved in our rides, learn about biology and engineering through animal care, and even practise principles of ecology and art through conservation.

Ocean Park has launched the "Connecting Students with Nature through STEAM" Programme in 2018/19 academic year. This Programme offers teachers a unique opportunity to use the STEAM resources within the Park. 43 primary schools and 37 secondary schools have been selected and a total of 10,289 students have participated in the Programme and experienced a unique adventure through a free visit in Ocean Park. Moreover, 120 secondary school students have been trained to become “STEAM Career Peer Coaching Ambassadors” and to facilitate their exposure to and understanding of STEAM-related careers.

Eligibility

This Programme is open to all local schools classified under the school levels in the HKSAR Education Bureau's school list as "Kindergartens and Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres", “Primary Schools” and “Secondary Schools”

Content

Kindergartens and Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres
All students and teachers will enjoy a free visit at Ocean Park1. Each kindergarten student will be provided with a Whiskers & Friends Sticker Book to facilitate their exploration while at Park. Students could stick and create their own visiting dairy, which could help developing their fine motor skills and creativity. Accompanying teachers will also be given an instruction manual with suggested activities and visiting guidelines.
Ocean Park visit support Quota
  1. Whiskers & Friends Sticker Book; and
  2. Instruction manual

Maximum of 200 student group tickets for each school and
1 complimentary tickets for teachers for every 5 student group tickets


Primary Schools
All students and teachers will enjoy a free visit at Ocean Park1. Each primary school student will be provided with a Nature Exploration Kit to facilitate their exploration while at Park. The Nature Exploration Kit would facilitate students' understanding of the plants and animals and to sharpen their observation and analytical skills. Accompanying teachers will also be given an instruction manual with suggested activities and debriefing questions for their students. Teacher workshops will be arranged for the teachers to facilitate the use of the tools.
Ocean Park visit support Quota

  1. Nature Exploration Kit;
  2. Instruction manual; and
  3. Teacher workshops

Maximum of 200 student group tickets for each school and
1 complimentary tickets for teachers for every 10 student group tickets

Secondary Schools
All students and teachers will attend a 45-minute interactive seminar on STEAM-related animal husbandry in Ocean Park1 which will showcase the application of STEAM knowledge and skills on the improvement of animal care. The time for the seminar session will be assigned by Ocean Park Hong Kong. The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese, except the first Friday of each month, which will be conducted in English.
Ocean Park visit support Quota
  1. 45-minute interactive seminar on STEAM-related animal husbandry in Ocean Park; and
  2. Practical STEAM Student Ambassador Scheme

Maximum of 200 student group tickets for each school and
1 complimentary tickets for teachers for every 10 student group tickets


Practical STEAM Student Ambassador Scheme
Have you seen our animals playing with their “toys”? These “toys” are designed for the animals’ environmental enrichment which is to provide mental and physical stimulation for the animals. 
In order to encourage students to apply skills and knowledge learnt from STEAM education, this scheme provide an opportunity for students to integrate different knowledges to design an environmental enrichment for animals in Ocean Park.

The Ambassador Scheme is in three phases:

Briefing Session
(September 2019)

Selected secondary schools will be invited to attend a briefing session in Ocean Park to learn more about the detail of the Scheme.


Selection Phase
(September - December 2019)


Selected secondary schools can nominate students to form teams and apply for the scheme. Each team needs to design an environmental enrichment for an animal in Ocean Park and submit a design drawing. Trainers in Ocean Park will review the designs and select teams to proceed to Practical Phase

Practical Phase
(January - June 2020)

Selected teams will be invited to attend different workshops in Ocean Park and learn about animal husbandry. Students will continue to develop their design on environmental enrichment and make their final products.


Note:
1. Schools could visit Ocean Park from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays). Tickets can only be used on the designated date.

Evaluation
Schools would be requested to complete an evaluation form in June 2020 and share photos of the activities that have been conducted in 2019/2020 with the Park.

 

Application

Online application deadline: 31 May 2019 5:00pm

  • Interested schools should apply online Apply Now
  • Each school can only submit one application.
  • Schools can indicate the top three preferences of dates in the application.
  • Once the application form is submitted, it is not possible to make any further changes.
  • Please download and fill in the Application Form Template before applying online.

Judging Criteria and Judging Panel

Judging Criteria
School activities in 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic year will be reviewed during the judging process:

  • Achievements of Nature-related and STEAM-related activities in 2018/19 academic year
  • Plans of Nature-related and STEAM-related activities in 2019/20 academic year, specifying the effective use of Ocean Park resources in the activities

As Ocean Park would like to encourage teachers to share their experience on STEAM education, involvement of the Parallel Sessions of "The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019" will be part of the judging criteria.

In order to benefit to more schools, priority will be given to schools which have not participated in the Programme 2018/2019

Primary and Secondary Schools will be divided into two pools depends on the percentage of students receiving School Textbook Assistance. Each pool will be judged separately.

 
Judging Criteria

Percentage
 Achievements of Nature-related and STEAM-related activities in the 2018/19 academic year
  • Number of activities 
  • Number of students reached
  • Impacts created
  • Awards received
20%
 Plans of Nature-related and STEAM-related activities in the 2019/20 academic year
  • Number of activities
  • Number of students that can be reached
  • Effective use of Ocean Park resources
50%
 Involvement of Parallel Sessions of "The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019"
  • Submitted abstract(s)
  • Abstracts got selected and will present at the conference
"The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019"
Abstract Submission


20%
 Schools which have not participated in the Programme 2018/2019 10%
  100%

Judging Panel
The judging panel will include the Chairperson and Members of the Ocean Park Education Committee and the Advisory Committee Member of "The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019".

Application Timeline

Milestones
Period

 Online Applicaiton Deadline
 May 30, 2019


 Announcement of results

 Late June 2019
 Student visits to Ocean Park
 September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

 Practical STEAM Student Ambassador Scheme - Briefing Session
 September 2019
 (exact dates to be confirmed)


 Practical STEAM Student Ambassador Scheme - Selection Phase

 September - December 2019
 (exact dates to be confirmed)

 Practical STEAM Student Ambassador Scheme - Practical Phase

 January - June 2020
 (exact dates to be confirmed)

 Practical STEAM Student Ambassador Scheme - Sharing

 July 2020
 (exact dates to be confirmed)

FAQ

Q: Can non-school organisations participate in this Programme ?
A:
This Programme is available only for schools that are listed as "KINDERGARTENS AND KINDERGARTEN-CUM-CHILD CARE CENTRES", "PRIMARY SCHOOLS" or "SECONDARY SCHOOLS" in the HKSAR Education Bureau's school list.

Q: Do we need to post the application form?
A: No. School can do online application via this website.

Q: Do we need to fill in three options of date for the Ocean Park visit?
A: If 1st choice of selected date is full, Ocean Park will assign the 2nd and 3rd choice of selected date accordingly.

Q: How do we know if our online application is successfully submitted?
A: A notification email will be sent to school upon receipt of application. If you have not received the notification email after 24 hours of the application submission, please contact our staff at 3923-2323.

Q: How will we know whether our application is successful?
A: Ocean Park will contact the selected schools separately in late June 2019.

Q: Does a school need to provide supporting documents?
A: The applying school must screen and verify the number of students received School Textbook Assistance. The school has to provide relevant document(s) for auditing purposes upon request.

Q: Can students use the complimentary tickets for coordinators?
A: The complimentary tickets are for teachers and coordinators to take care of students during the Ocean Park visit. Students cannot use the complimentary tickets and vice versa.

Q: Can we enter Ocean Park in separate groups during the visit day?
A: All students and teachers must enter Ocean Park as one group. Individual late comers cannot be entertained.

Q: Can we transfer the student group tickets and complimentary tickets to other schools?
A: This student group tickets and complimentary tickets are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Q: If some students cannot attend during the visit day, can we reschedule them to another visit day?
A: The school may arrange another student to attend the visit, but the visit must be on the same day. 

Q: Can the visit be rescheduled if it is cancelled due to bad weather?
A:
If any of the following situations occurs, Ocean Park will reschedule the visit for the affected school within one month from the original date of visit.
- The Hong Kong Observatory issues a red or black rainstorm warning, or;
- The Hong Kong Observatory hoists a typhoon signal number 3 or above, or;
- The Education Bureau announces the suspension of schools or the Social Welfare Department announces the closure of all welfare service units of the department, all child care centres and centres providing after school care programmes.


Q: When is the interactive seminar on STEAM-related animal husbandry in Ocean Park?
A:
The 45-minute interactive seminar on STEAM-related animal husbandry in Ocean Park will be conducted during the visit day. The time for the seminar session will be assigned by Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Q: What is the language of the interactive seminar on STEAM-related animal husbandry in Ocean Park?
A:
The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese, except the first Friday of each month will be conducted in English.

Q: How do children with special needs join the course?
A:
We make every effort to ensure students with special needs receive the same pleasurable learning experience. We will work closely with teachers and make necessary adjustments to the setting of the venue to suit the needs of the students. For more details, please contact our staff at 3923-2323.

Q:  Can we enjoy free parking on the course day?
A:
School coach can drop off students at Ocean Park Entrances, additional charge will be applied for parking.

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