Free STEAM education courses for underprivileged students

Fundraising campaign by InnoTech Association
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The Organisation

InnoTech Association is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the use of technology for helping the disadvantaged and disabled. One of our missions is to provide free tuition on technology knowledge to the disadvantaged, in particular the children from underprivileged families.

For more of our organisation, please see our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/InnoTechAssociation/

Introduction

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. These five important areas of study constitute a new educational approach. (Originally it was only science and engineering based and called STEM. The inclusion of the art shows the importance of a well-balanced education). This approach, however usually involves more resources than traditional education and as a result, students from better-off families have an advantage in accessing STEAM. Therefore, our organisation, InnoTech Association, would like to provide free courses for underprivileged students in STEAM education. Our courses are specially designed, innovative and profession-related. The topics we offer in these courses are not available in regular school teaching, nor can they be obtained at a low cost under a typical educational environment. By offering these courses, we would like to prevent underprivileged students from falling behind due to the adversity they face.

We believe that underprivileged students should have the chance to take control of their future academic and career paths through STEAM education, provided that the process is conducted properly and fairly. STEAM education can help disadvantaged students rise above the traditional economy’s limitations, just as new technology companies can grow faster than property development companies. We aim to contribute in the area by providing disadvantaged-friendly and disadvantaged-accessible STEAM education.

We should equip underprivileged students with knowledge and inspiration to motivate them to have a better understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. With better knowledge and ideas, they can have hope for the future by applying their skills to academics and seeking employment.

Our Approach

In this project, InnoTech Association would like to provide free STEAM education to prevent the disadvantaged student from lagging behind their more privileged counterparts by providing free courses which students would not normally have access to in regular classes or private tutorials. Our courses are unique, taught by professionals, and innovative so that they may enrich the students’ field of knowledge in various STEAM topics. For example, with the knowledge of mobile app development, they might be able to develop their own apps even with basic programming skills.

The courses not only provide students with innovative ideas and problem-solving skills but can inspire them with technological knowledge that is hard to obtain elsewhere.

We plan to organise 4 rounds of STEAM courses within 1 year. Each round contains all the 5 sections of STEAM. For each round we will recruit 30 underprivileged students.

Course Outline

Section

Description

Teacher

Science

Use the development of electric race car as an example, teach students how to conduct a research and development projects.

Ng Chi Hong - Former project manager of a startup company and is familiar with product research and development workflow. A mentor in program organised by Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre (NWSC).

Technology

Teach students how to design and develop simple mobile apps using MIT App Inventor, which is a block-based tools facilitate the creation of complex, high-impact apps in significantly less time than traditional programming environments. No experience in computer programming is required.

Kelvin Siu - PhD graduate and current research fellow of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Hong Kong.

He was a part-time lecturer in HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and Social Resources Development Institute, and has taught engineering mathematics, electrical engineering, design and manufacturing.

Engineering

Through study of ancient and modern bridge structures, students will appreciate the advancement of engineering knowledges that has greatly improved transportation and connectivity.

Banting Wong - MSc graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Engineer and familiar with applied science.

Art

Teach students about architectural design, theories and knowledge through model building and making architectural drawings. Encourage children to observe buildings around them and appreciate their design.

Frank Yau – Director of a Hong Kong based NGO called Project Space. He is an architectural designer.

Mathematics

Develop students’ logical thinking skills using mathematical puzzles. Mathematical puzzles can fascinate students by the challenges it poses to their minds. Additionally, they can enjoy the rewards of thinking and their interest in mathematics can be fostered.

Kelvin Siu - PhD graduate and current research fellow of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Hong Kong.

He was a part-time lecturer in HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and Social Resources Development Institute, and has taught engineering mathematics, electrical engineering, design and manufacturing.

Our Team

The project-launching organisation, InnoTech Association, is an organisation operated by a team of 5 with both experience in technology innovation and charity activities. Here are the background of our founders:

Siu Kai Wing, Kelvin (Chairman)

Kelvin is a PhD graduate and current research fellow of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Hong Kong. With ten years of working experience in the material science field, he is familiar with the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong. He was a part-time lecturer in HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) and Social Resources Development Institute (SRDI), and has taught engineering mathematics, electrical engineering, design and manufacturing.

Ng Chi Hong (Project Officer)

Hong has worked at a startup company as the project manager and is familiar with product research and development workflow. He has over ten years of social service experience and was the President of a social service group under Caritas Hong Kong, a committee member in the Adventure Based Counseling Group under Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), and a mentor in program organised by Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre (NWSC).

Shum Chung Yan, Kimmy (Administrative Officer)

Kimmy is the founding member and a committee member of the NGO Project Space 間築社. She has a large amount of experience in management and administration of an NGO, ranging from holding meetings and to communicating with stakeholders. Kimmy has also organised large events such as constructing classrooms in rural Nepal. Additionally, she is the director of a local technology company.

Wong Kam San, Banting (Technical Officer)

Banting is MSc graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Engineer and familiar with applied science. He actively participates in a variety of volunteer activities, including acoustic improvement design work of homes for children in the Mainland and teaching engineering topics at rural schools.

Wayne Hans Tang, Wayne (Communications Officer)

Wayne is currently a technical writing and research assistant at a neuroscience institute. He has participated in academic speech contests in the US and has organised functions for the American Studies Programme at the University of Hong Kong. He has also volunteered at a hospital in IT support and taught English with an outreach programme in California.

Organizer

InnoTech Association is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the use of technology for helping the disadvantaged and disabled.

InnoTech Association is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the use of technology for helping the disadvantaged and disabled.

Donors

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  • Good luck InnoTech!

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  • Donated on Dec 03, 2018
  • Good luck InnoTech!

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  • Donated on Dec 03, 2018
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