Inventive students take winning prizes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 June, 2009, 12:00am

Students from HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No 2 Secondary School and Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School have taken the top prizes in the Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition 2009. It is jointly organised by the Innovation and Technology Commission, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Science Museum.

This year's theme was 'Exploring Our Science, Innovating Your World'. Awards were given out at the Hong Kong Science Park on May 30, with student inventions the 'Help Phone' and 'Miracle Tiger' winning top prizes.

The 'Help Phone', created by students from HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No 2 Secondary School, was the winner in the junior division. Form Three student Cheung Ka-ho said his team's winning design was 'based on the idea that a second can make the difference between life and death'. 'We have designed a convenient and practical emergency alarm system to shorten the time for help to come when someone falls unconscious,' he said.

He added that the device was easy to use and was integrated with a mobile phone, setting off an alarm system and a flashing light if the carrier fell unconscious. It simultaneously initiated an auto-dial function that can notify a rescue team, the police, a hospital or family and friends, he explained.

'It's an alarm system that's ... useful for frequent hikers and elderly people who love to go outdoors.'

Meanwhile, the winning invention in the senior division was the 'Miracle Tiger' created by students from Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School.

Form Six student Lam Kin-yin said the invention came about when he noticed what a hard time junior students had tying their ties, and it occurred to him that it must be even harder for certain handicapped people.

'Our team designed a tool to make it easier ... to tie a tie,' he said. 'Simply fix the tail of the tie on the steel frame, follow a few simple steps and a beautiful knot can be done within half a minute.'