Students' science skills put to the test

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 12:00am

A COMPETITION tested students' scientific knowledge and creativity, while helping to raise their interest in physics.

The Hong Kong Inter-school Straw Aquatic Building Competition, which was held at the City University (CityU) on Sunday, attracted 400 teams of secondary school students.

The event was divided into junior and senior sections, with each category consisting of 200 teams.

Each participating team were given 150 straws and a roll of string to design a building that could float on water and hold a bottle of Yakult. The winners, who won a $1,000 book coupon, a certificate and a trophy, were decided by measuring the vertical distance between the bottle and the water level.

'We believe this challenging event helps stimulate students' interest in physics and inspire them to understand more about material science by merging theory with practice. We are pleased that the students exercised their team spirit and had lots of fun at the competition,' said Titan Ho, president of CityU's physics and materials science society, which organised the event.

The first runners-up and second runners-up received a $800 book coupon and a $500 book coupon, respectively, with both also taking home a certificate and a trophy.