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"Connecting Students with Nature through STEAM"

Overview

With a vision to be the world’s best theme park resort with focus on education, conservation and entertainment, Ocean Park is committed to providing edutainment experience through the thrill of discovery, while connecting people with nature. Ocean Park also offers teachers a unique opportunity to captivate their students' imagination in an exhilarating and engaging fashion, using the park's rides, animal exhibits, and conservation resources to illustrate and explore the principles of STEAM (STEAM stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics’). We offer programmes where students can explore the physics, mathematics and technology involved in our rides, learn about biology and engineering through animal care, and even practice principles of ecology and art through conservation.

As part of our mission, Ocean Park regularly reaches out to the community with care initiatives that provide complimentary and discounted admission. During the past fiscal year, almost 490,000 Hong Kong residents enjoyed these benefits (a value of over HK$210.4 million for the community). This year, Ocean Park is introducing our new "Connecting Students with Nature through STEAM" programme. In this fun-filled edutaining  programme, a total of 10,000 primary and secondary school students will embark on a STEAM learning journey and being connected with nature through free visit at Ocean Park with their teachers. The programme will also offer exciting extension activities, including an Ambassador Scheme where students will learn how to share their knowledge with their peers, as well as comprehensive teacher support through instructional resources and workshops.

    Ocean Park "Connecting Students with Nature through STEAM" Programme

    "Connecting Students with Nature through STEAM" offers primary and secondary school students an opportunity to discover the wonders of nature through the uniquely engaging and inspirational resources at Ocean Park. Through the park's thrill rides, animal exhibits, conservation activities, and natural environment resources, students will learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics and how they relate to nature and conservation.

    The programme includes:

    • One student year group for one Ocean Park visit (Maximum of 200 student group tickets and 20 complimentary tickets for teachers)
    • Extension activities for primary School: Nature Exploration Kits; Instruction manual; and Teacher workshops
    • Extension activities for secondary School: 45-minute interactive seminar on Ocean Park STEAM-related careers; and“STEAM Career Peer Coaching Ambassadors”scheme.

    Programme Objectives

    • To help primary school students discover the wonders of nature.
    • To educate secondary school students about the thrilling range of STEAM careers related to the conservation of nature.

    Who Can Participate?

    • This programme is open to all local school classified under the school level in the HKSAR Education Bureau's school list as “primary schools” and “secondary schools”.
    • Participation in this programme will be open to a total of 10,000 students. Applications will be divided into two pools depends on the percentage of students receiving School Textbook Assistance. Each pool will be judged separately.

    Application

    • Interested schools should apply online via the Park's website.
    • Schools can apply no more than 200 student tickets for one student year group for one visit.
    • Schools will receive one complimentary ticket for teacher/coordinator per every 10 students.
    • Schools can fill in three options of date during the application.
    • Schools should indicate the achievements of the nature-related and STEAM-related activities organized in the 2017/2018 academic year.
    • Schools should indicate the effective use of Ocean Park resources in the nature-related and STEAM-related activities on plans for the 2018/2019 academic year.
    • Schools should indicate the number of students who are obtaining School Textbook Assistance received School Textbook Assistance through the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency in the application. 

    Online application will be from May 23, 10am to June 25, 5pm.


    Judging Criteria

    Judging criteria will be based on the achievements of the nature-related and STEAM-related activities organized by the primary and secondary schools in the 2017/18 academic year and also on plans for the 2018/19 academic year.

    Nature-related and STEAM-related activities

    2017/2018 achievements (20%) 2018/2019 plans (80%)
    • Number of activities
    • Number of students reached
    • Impacts created
    • Awards received
    • Number of activities
    • Number of students that can be reached
    • Effective use of Ocean Park resources

    Judging Panel

    The judging panel will include the Chairperson and Members of the Ocean Park Education Committee comprising education officials, principals, academics and teaching professionals, as well as school representatives nominated by the Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union.  


    Ocean Park Visit

    Primary school
    Each primary school student visiting Ocean Park will be provided with a Nature Exploration Kit to facilitate their exploration while at the Park. The Nature Exploration Kit would include a pair of binoculars and activity slates to facilitate learning about the colours found in nature, the shapes of leaves, and animal anatomy to facilitate exploration.   Accompanying teachers will also be given an instruction manual with suggested activities and debriefing questions for their students. Teacher workshops will be arranged for the teachers to facilitate the use of the tools.  

    Secondary school
    Each secondary school students will attend a 45-minute interactive seminar on Ocean Park STEAM-related careers during the visit day.  Students will be grouped according to their respective student year and the content will be adjusted to suit the different age groups. The time for the seminar session will be assigned by Ocean Park Hong Kong. The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese, except the first Friday of each month will be conducted in English.

    Ocean Park visit date is not applicable on Sundays and public holidays. Tickets can only be used on the designated date.

    “STEAM Career Peer Coaching Ambassadors” Scheme

    At most 30 secondary schools (15 in each pool) with the highest score will also be asked to each nominate six students to attend six half-day workshops where they will be trained to become “STEAM Career Peer Coaching Ambassadors” by facilitating their exposure and understanding of STEAM-related careers. During the programme, the Ambassadors will be encouraged to take the knowledge gained from the workshops to conduct peer-to-peer coaching in their schools so that more students become aware of the potential STEAM related career. The Ambassadors will participate in various events in 2019 to showcase their learning and briefing sessions for selected students’ parents and teachers will be provided.

    Evaluation

    Schools would be requested to complete an evaluation form in June 2019 and share with the Park photos of the activities that have been conducted in 2018/2019.

    Application Timeline

    The timeline for the programme:

    Milestones Period
    Schools to submit the applications May 23 – June 25, 2018
    Announcement of result Late July 2018
    Student visit to Ocean Park September 1, 2018 – July 13, 2019
    Briefing for Ambassadors’ parents & teachers September – October 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed)
    Career exposure and training for the Ambassadors October 2018 – June 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed)

    FAQ

    Programme Details

    1. Q: Can non-school organisations participate in this programme?
      A: This programme is available only for schools that are listed as "PRIMARY SCHOOLS" or "SECONDARY SCHOOLS" in the HKSAR Education Bureau's school list.
       
    2. Q: Any limitation of the grade of students?
      A: Each selected school can only arrange one student year group and for one Ocean Park visit date.  The school can select any grade of the school to participate the visit.
       
    3. Q: Do we need to post the application form?
      A: No. School can do online application via the Park’s website.
       
    4. Q: Do we need to fill in three options of date for the Ocean Park visit?
      A: If 1st choice of selected dated is full, Ocean Park will assign the 2nd and 3rd choice of selected date accordingly.
       
    5. Q: Which date can we apply for the programme?
      A: Schools could visit Ocean Park from September 1, 2018 to July 13, 2019 from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) Tickets can only be used on the designated date.
       
    6. Q:What is the limit of student ticket for each application?
      A: Each selected school would be awarded with no more than 200 student tickets for one student year group and only for one Ocean Park visit date. One complimentary ticket will be provided for coordinator/teacher  for 10 students.
       
    7. Q: When is the application deadline?
      A: All application forms must be submitted on the Ocean Park website by hitting the “Submit” button on or before June 25, 2018 at 5pm.
       
    8. Q: How do we know if our online application is successfully submitted?
      A: A notification email will be sent to school upon receipt of application. If you haven’t received the notification email after 24 hours of the application submission, please contact our staff at 3923-2323.
       
    9. Q: How will we know whether our application is successful?
      A: Ocean Park will contact the selected school separately in late July 2018.
       
    10. Q: How many applications can each school submit?
      A: Each school can submit only one application.
       
    11. Q: Can we revise the application after submission?
      A: Schools could save the draft on the system and polish the application before the submission. The application cannot be revised after hitting the “Submit” button.  The system will submit the draft automatically after the application deadline. Neither the visit date nor the number of participants can be changed after application submission.

    Judging Criteria

    1. Q: What are the judging criteria for the programme?
      A: Judging criteria will be based on the results of the nature-related and STEAM-related activities organized by the primary and secondary schools in the 2017/2018 academic year and also on plans for the 2018/2019 academic year. The judging criteria include:
      2017/2018 achievements (20%) 2018/2019 plans (80%)
      • Number of activities
      • Number of students reached
      • Impacts created
      • Awards received
      • Number of activities
      • Number of students that can be reached
      • Effective use of Ocean Park resources
    2. Q: Will the number of students received School Textbook Assistance affect the application?
      A: To enable schools with varying levels of resources for nature-related and STEAM-related activities to join in, half of the tickets will be reserved for schools with TA student percentages above the application median.
       
    3. Q: Does a school need to provide supporting documents?
      A: The applying school must screen and verify the number of students received School Textbook Assistance. The school has to provide relevant document(s) for auditing purposes upon request.

    Arrangement of the Ocean Park Visit

    1. Q: Can students use the complimentary tickets for coordinators?
      A: The complimentary tickets (with ratio 1 to 10 students) are for teachers and coordinators to take care of students during the Ocean Park visit. Students cannot use the complimentary tickets and vice versa.
       
    2. Q: Can we enter Ocean Park in separate groups during the visit day?
      A: All students and teachers must enter Ocean Park as one group. Individual late comers can not be entertained.
       
    3. Q: Can we transfer the student group tickets and complimentary tickets to other schools?
      A: This student group tickets and complimentary tickets are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
       
    4. Q: If some students cannot attend during the visit day, can we reschedule them to another visit day?
      A: The school may arrange another student to attend the visit, but the visit must be on the same day.
       
    5. Q: Can the visit be rescheduled if it is cancelled due to bad weather?
      A: If any of the following situations occurs, Ocean Park will reschedule the visit for the affected school within one month from the original date of visit.
      • The Hong Kong Observatory issues a red or black rainstorm warning, or;
      • The Hong Kong Observatory hoists a typhoon signal number 3 or above, or;
      • The Education Bureau or Social Welfare Department announces the suspensions of schools.
    6. Q: When is the interactive seminar on Ocean Park STEAM-related careers?
      A: The 45-minute interactive seminar on Ocean Park STEAM-related careers will be conducted during the visit day.  The time for the seminar session will be assigned by Ocean Park Hong Kong.
       
    7. Q: What is the language of the interactive seminar on Ocean Park STEAM-related careers?
      A: The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese, except the first Friday of each month will be conducted in English.
       
    8. Q: How do children with special needs join the course?
      A: We make every effort to ensure students with special needs receive the same pleasurable learning experience. We will work closely with teachers and make necessary adjustments to the setting of the venue to suit the needs of the students. For more details, please contact our staff at 3923-2323.
       
    9. Q:  Can we enjoy free parking on the course day?
      A: School coach can drop off students at Ocean Park Entrances, additional charge will be applied for parking.

    For enquiries, please contact us at (852) 3923-2323 or via email at STEAM@oceanpark.com.hk.