SECONDARY school education has received a green boost, not from the Government or environmental agencies, but from enthusiasts at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Over the past three months, about 20 biology students from the university have been working to help enhance children's appreciation of the environment. The project, called Promotion of Environmental Protection Awareness, is funded with $40,000 from the Environment and Conservation Fund Woo Wheelock Green. 'The active response from over 80 schools caught us by surprise. We're now presenting talks in two to three schools a week,' final year student Timothy Wong Wing-leong said. Project chairman Chan Ka-lung says the group feels secondary students tend to be more receptive to messages passed on by someone closer to their age. During the visits, the students present a 30-minute slide show of research they have carried out on global and local environmental issues. They also use photographs to demonstrate the damage done to the environment. 'We also explain to them the Government's environmental policy, answer their questions and ask them to do a question paper at the end,' Mr Wong said. Fourth-former Lai Kwan-yui, of De La Salle Secondary School, said he had learnt a great deal from the students. 'I didn't feel I was lectured to. It was more like learning through chatting with someone a bit older.' Dr Albert Yu, the project's director, said: 'We hope to modify the presentation to extend the project to primary schools.'