CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Memorable visit for primary school students

HONG KONG (SE): Canossa Primary School (CPS) and Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School (CWCCSS) co-organised a hugely successful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Day on June 28 on the theme, STEM Challenge - Sea. Land. Air. 
The 300 visiting primary school students had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the teaching methodologies of the secondary school and got a taste of the fun-activities incorporated into its syllabus to stimulate learning. 
CWCCSS arranged three extraordinary workshops for the visiting CPS students: Sea — an Unsinkable Raft Competition, challenged students to build a raft with materials such as scrap wood, foam and plastic bowls. The raft that stayed afloat the longest with the most coins winning. Land — a Paper Tower Design Competition. Within a limited amount of time, grouped students were tasked with building a tower made of paper using only newspaper and adhesive tape, with the tallest tower winning. Air — an Egg Falling Competition in which students had to design a device that would keep a raw egg from breaking when falling to the ground from a height. The lightest device was the winner.
Students not only learned the basic theories of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but most importantly, they had fun!
After being welcomed by principal, Stephen Chan, in the school hall, the visiting students went on to experience Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Music, Catering, Japanese and English workshops. The sound-based workshop was unique and involved many interactive learning activities to enrich the understanding of the nature of sound. 
In the science workshops, everyone had a great time making bubble-bath-balls and metallic bookmarks as well as learning about the role of acids and alkalis in life. They participated enthusiastically in the fabulous games organised in the English Learning Centre aimed at enhancing literacy and drama skills. 
In addition, some students were very excited to experience a Japanese lesson while others were thrilled to be chefs making rock cakes in the catering room. 
It was a fantastic experience for the primary school students who came away with loads of pleasant memories to cherish.

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