An annual competition has helped enhance students' understanding of local history and culture. It also gave them a chance to put what they have learned into practice. Thirty-eight secondary schools took part in the fourth Inter-school Competition of Study Projects on Hong Kong's History and Culture, which was launched in October last year. The participants submitted reports on the theme 'Social Organisations and the Development of Hong Kong'. Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, the competition aimed to boost students' research and analytical skills and broaden their horizons. They had to analyse their topics, collect information, conduct interviews and write articles. The competition was divided into two sections - Junior Division (Form One to Form Three) and Senior Division (Form Four to Form Seven). The participants, comprising groups of two to 10 students, were guided by teachers. The submissions, mainly in written format, also included CD-ROMs, videos, artefacts, photo albums and cassette tapes. A total of 69 entries were received and the reports were judged on their depth, quality, relevancy to the theme and students' level of participation. The winners presented their projects to the audience at a prize-giving ceremony at the Museum of History last week. They used visual aids, such as Powerpoint and videos, to present their ideas. Students from Wa Ying College, whose topic was 'The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups', were crowned champions in the Junior Division. The first and second runners-up were Rosaryhill School and Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College, respectively. In the Senior Division, SKH Chan Young Secondary School took the top prize with their report 'Sheung Shui District Rural Committee'. Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School and Carmel Holy Word Secondary School were second and third, respectively. An exhibition of the winning entries is being held at the lobby of the Museum of History. It runs until October 9.