50 gifted youngsters from lower-income families get STEM inspiration from ICC visit
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) recently took 50 gifted students from lower-income families on a visit to International Commerce Centre (ICC) as part of a programme to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among young people. The tour gave participants an inside look at how STEM applies to the workings and architecture of Hong Kong’s tallest building. ICC has been recognized internationally for design, eco-friendliness and facility management with awards from Chicago’s Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Asia Pacific Intelligent Green Building Alliance and more. It was also listed as one of the world’s most important buildings in the last 125 years by noted US magazine Architectural Record.
The visit was part of SHKP-Science & Innovation Project for Gifted organized by The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong under SHKP sponsorship, with participants from Tin Shui Wai or Wong Tai Sin. SHKP Executive Director Adam Kwok welcomed them to ICC, saying he hoped they learned about construction and related fields from the world-class skyscraper and broadened their ambitions to work hard in their favourite STEM subjects and develop the skills to help society as adults. [Chan Cheuk-hei] is 12 and had never been to ICC before as he doesn’t go downtown often. He said he was impressed by the great view from Sky100 and hoped he could be a top architect, building grand projects like ICC.
SHKP promotes ‘exercise for good’ and child and youth development through a variety of means in the spirit of Building Homes with Heart. It organizes the annual SHKP Vertical Run for Charity and is a title and charity sponsor of the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon to encourage people in regular exercise and raising money for child and youth services. The two-year SHKP-Science & Innovation Project for Gifted is one of the programmes supported by the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon, offering free STEM courses to 150 gifted Primary 3 to Form 2 students from underprivileged families. Subjects include reasoning, earth science, mechanical engineering, aerospace, mountaineering and more to channel their critical thinking and creativity to become leaders in Hong Kong.