PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am


Tso Shuk-han and Yau Lai-yin of 6C won second place in the 2007 Taiwan International Science Fair.

The competition took place last month in Taipei.

'It gave us an opportunity to learn more and broaden our horizons,' said Shuk-han.

The theme of this year's competition was 'Listen to Your Heart'. Shuk-han and Lai-yin won second place with their heart monitor, a modified microphone which picks up a person's heartbeat so that you can hear if your heart is healthy.

Lai-yin pointed out that many people lead unhealthy lifestyles, and eat fat-rich food that can affect their heart.

There are few heart monitor devices available to the public for a reasonable price.

So their monitor fills a niche. 'We think there is a need to provide a device that the public can use by themselves to check the condition of their heart.

'Also, since our product is very cheap, most people can afford it and use it to check their heart regularly,' said Lai-yin.

The two students lived with a host family during their stay in Taipei.

Both said that they learned a lot from the experience. Lai-yin was also pleased with Taiwan's shopping and her visit to the zoo, Taipei 101 and Haulien.

'We also met candidates from other countries. We made friends with them and learned from each other. We checked out the booths of the candidates from Taiwan and overseas to see their products,' said Lai-yin.

When asked if there was anything they would like to improve on if they were given the chance to go to the International Science Fair next year, Lai-yin said she would learn to take care of herself as, on the second last day of the trip, she got a fever and was unable to visit Hualien.

'It was the only disappointing thing of the whole trip,' Lai-yin said, 'so I would pay more attention to my health next time.'

Illness aside, the students said the event reminded them that you should grab every opportunity to try new things.

Lee Hiu-lam, Kwong Hiu-tung and Yuen Mei-ha

NT Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School

Visitors enjoyed the festive atmosphere when they visited the school's Open Day on February 12. The theme of this year's event was 'With all the virtues and talents we combine, let our school crest shine.'

Students took the theme to heart and excelled themselves in welcoming our guests and ensuring they would have a fruitful and enjoyable day.

Visitors were greeted with live performances in the lobby. A Music Marathon, including piano playing and a performance by the Chinese Orchestra, was staged in the school hall. There was also a dancing performance.

An array of exhibits and demonstrations by more than 35 clubs and teams entertained the 1,000 guests from various schools and organisations.

The Reading Club set up an eye-catching stall where guests could take part in games.

Participants had to match famous quotations with book titles to win a prize.

Other booths included display board presentations, models and mini-experiments.

Our guests were also given the chance to actively take part in various activities, such as folding paper hearts, writing blessing messages, composing acrostic poems, and so on.

To boost the enthusiasm of students and guests, visitors were invited to cast their votes on the best exhibits. The Art Club was the big winner, taking home the Award for the Best Design and Decoration.

We hope that everyone who took part in the occasion enjoyed it.

Linda Ho, Teacher

Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School Students at our school took part in a 'Life-wide Learning Day' on March 9.

They went on a field trip to Sha Tin to investigate the area's land use and visited three museums - the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Museum.

They also visited the Hong Kong Observatory and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.

The last outing was to the Hong Kong Wetland Park.

The goal was to broaden students' horizons and knowledge of various historical, environmental, social and civic issues.

The outdoor and field activities proved to be meaningful for students, while also fostering all-round education.

Yan Yan-ching, a Form Two student, loved visiting the weather station.

'It's a lot of fun to visit the Hong Kong Observatory. I've learned a whole lot more about meteorology and made a lot of discoveries.

'I found the information very useful. The news that the Observatory delivers to the public relates to our everyday life, and it makes our life easier.'

The Form Three, Four and Six students that visited the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Museum said that their knowledge of Hong Kong and China has deepened as a result of the trip.

'China is affluent right now, but it's really the result of a lot of hardship in reforms we can see if we look back on its modern history,' said Lee Sze-wing, a Form Three student.

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