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Hong Kong Budding Scientists Award

Introduction

The Hong Kong Budding Scientists Award (HKBSA) competition is co-organised by the Gifted Education Section of the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Hong Kong Association for Mathematics and Science Education. The competition aims at nurturing the talents of scientifically gifted/ more able students at upper primary (P.4-6) and secondary (S1-4) levels, and providing them with training in scientific problem solving skills as well as skills in collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking and communication.

This competition usually includes the Heat, Semi-final and Final cum Prize Presentation Ceremony. Student contestants are required to submit (i) a proposal to a future world problem / an authentic problem and (ii) a report on a face-to-face interview with a local scientist (note: the focus of the report is on his/her vigor, perseverance and how he/she strives for success).

 

It is hoped that students’ higher order thinking skills, creativity and social and personal competency may be enhanced through the learning experience provided by the event.

 

Regulations

  • This Competition consists of the Primary and Secondary Section; participating teams must be nominated by schools;
  • All team members are expected to attend ALL events of the Competition;
  • Participating teams are required to keep using the selected language (Chinese or English) submitted in the student nomination form to complete the Heat, Semi-final and Final of the Competition.
  • Each school may ONLY nominate ONE Team.

 

Eligibility

  • Primary Section: each primary school may nominate three to five P.4 to P.6 pupils (at most two P.6 pupils);
  • Secondary Section: each secondary school may nominate three to five S.1 to S.4 pupils (at most two S.4 pupils);
  • Team members CANNOT be replaced once the Student Nomination Form is submitted (Note: via email).


Remarks: Each school is strongly recommended to nominate at least 3 students to join this competition.

 

Details

(I) Heat
  Student contestants are required to submit (i) a proposal to a Future World Problem / an Authentic Problem & (ii) a report on a face-to-face interview with a local scientist.
  (i)   Proposal to a Future World Problem / an Authentic Problem
    Participating schools are required to select one of the three Future World / Authentic Problems listed below and submit a proposal to solve the problem. The submitted proposal should include:
   
  • Introduction - briefly introduce the background of the problem;
  • Solutions - suggest and explain your solutions with evidence and further elaborate your solutions with diagrams, charts, tables, pictures and photos etc.;
  • Discussions - evaluate the pros and cons of your solutions;
  • Conclusion & Suggestion - draw conclusion and discuss the limitations of your proposal as well as suggest improvement on the experimental design / methodology, etc
  • References

    Remarks:
    Designed experiments with procedures, results, analysis and conclusion are expected to be included in the proposal. Students are reminded to take photos and / or videos in the course of the experiments.

  • The proposal should be written in either Chinese or English in accordance with the language preference submitted in the Student Nomination Form;
  • For primary section, the submitted proposal should not exceed 1,500 words; for secondary section, the submitted proposal should not exceed 2,000 words;
  • Total number of diagrams, charts, tables and photos of models/experiments should not exceed 15 pieces. All submitted diagrams, charts, tables and photos of models / experiments MUST comply with copyright laws;
  • The proposals to the problems MUST BE original and MUST NOT be presented or used in other local, national and /or international competitions;
  • Marks would be deducted if a proposal exceeds the word limit;
  • Words used for the illustration of photos, diagrams, etc., would not be counted towards the word limit.
  • Submission of the proposal:

Please save the PDF file in a CD / DVD and submit to the Gifted Education Section of the Education Bureau by hand, by post or by email.

  • Submission deadline: on or before 10 July 2020 (Friday), 5:00 PM.
  • Submission Address:
    Mr Chu Chun-yin, Eric
    Gifted Education Section, Education Bureau
    Room E328, 3/F, East Block
    19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong
    Hong Kong
  • By email: ericcychu@edb.gov.hk (Attn.: Mr Chu Chun-yin, Eric)
  • Late submission will NOT be accepted.
  • Download Problems of the Heat
 
  (ii)   Report on an Interview with a Local Scientist
   
  • Participating Teams are required to interview a local scientist and then compile and submit an interview report which includes students’ reflection on what they have learned from the scientist and the contribution of the interviewee to the society;
  • The scientists to be interviewed should be participating in current scientific research and have publications in renowned scientific journals;
  • The language used in the Interview Report should be the same as that used in the submitted proposal to the selected Future World Problem / Authentic Problem. The word limit of the written reports of the primary and secondary schools is 1,500 and 2,000 respectively.
  • Submission of the Scientist interview report:

Please save the PDF file in a CD / DVD and submit to the Gifted Education Section of the Education Bureau by hand, by post or by email.

  • Submission deadline: on or before 10 July 2020 (Friday), 5:00 PM.
  • Submission Address:
    Mr Chu Chun-yin, Eric
    Gifted Education Section, Education Bureau
    Room E328, 3/F, East Block
    19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong
    Hong Kong
  • By email: ericcychu@edb.gov.hk (Attn.: Mr Chu Chun-yin, Eric)
 
(II) Prize Presentation Ceremony
 
  • 19 September 2020 (Sat.) (To be confirmed)
  • Details will be announced in early September 2020.

 

Competition Schedule

Year Date Events
2019 2 October (Wednesday) to 18 November (Monday) Student Nomination for the heat Download Student Nomination Form (Heat)
2020
Submission Deadline:
10 July (Friday) before 5:00 PM

Heat
Submission of (i) the Proposal to the selected Future World/Authentic Problem & (ii) the Report on an Interview with a Scientist
  • Submission by hand or by post:
    Mr Chu Chun-yin, Eric
    Gifted Education Section, Education Bureau
    Room E328, 3/F, East Block
    19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong
    Hong Kong
  • By email: ericcychu@edb.gov.hk (Attn.: Mr Chu Chun-yin, Eric)
  • In response to the class suspension of the Education Bureau the Semi-final and Final of this competition have been cancelled.
  • The Steering Committee of Hong Kong Budding Scientists Award will select the award-winners according to the quality of received written reports.

Winning proposals and reports on an Interview with a Scientist in past competitions (2005-2017) can be downloaded from the Resources Download 

 

Information of interviewed scientists (Reporter Award) in past rounds of Hong Kong Budding Scientists Award

 

19 September (Saturday)
(TBC)
Prize Presentation Ceremony
  • Detailed arrangements will be announced in early September.
 

 

Awards

Primary Section & Secondary Section

Semi-final
Trophies and certificates of Appreciation will be awarded to the student contestants and coaching teachers for participating in the Semi-final

Final

  • Champion (trophy, certificates, *book coupons)
  • 1st Runner-up (trophy, certificates, *book coupons)
  • 2nd Runner-up (trophy, certificates, *book coupons)
  • 3rd Runner-up (trophy, certificates, *book coupons)
  • 3 Honorable Mention (trophy and certificates)
  • Most Creative Proposal Award (trophy and certificates)
  • Best Presentation Award (trophy and certificates)
  • 3 Reporter Award (trophy and certificates)
  • Best Coach Award (trophy and certificates)
  • Certificates of Appreciation will also be awarded to the students and coach teachers of those school teams for participating in the Final



Amount of book coupons by the Education Bureau, HKSAR:

  • Champion – HKD 1,500 (for whole team)
  • 1st Runner-up – HKD 1,200 (for whole team)
  • 2nd Runner-up – HKD 750 (for whole team)
  • 3rd Runner-up – HKD 500 (for whole team)



Amount of book coupons by the Fung Hon Chu Education Trust Fund (ONLY for Proposal(s) to Hong Kong Marine Pollution Problem):

  • Champion – HKD 3,000 (for whole team)
  • 1st Runner-up – HKD 2,000 (for whole team)
  • 2nd Runner-up – HKD 1,000 (for whole team)
  • 3rd Runner-up – HKD 800 (for whole team)

 

Resources Download

Collection of Students’ Proposals to Future World Problems / Authentic Problems (note: Winning reports on 'An interview with a scientist' are also included)
2005/06 - 2007/08 (32MB)
2008/09 (12MB)
2009/10 (26MB)
2010/11 (35MB)
2011/12 - 2012/13 (73MB)
2014/15 - 2015/16 (11.4MB)
2016/17 (140 MB)

2017/18 ( 56MB )

 

Contact Us

For enquiries, please contact Gifted Education Section, Education Bureau:
Mr. LEUNG, Kin-tak, Joseph (Tel.: 3698 3477)
Email: kintakleung@edb.gov.hk (Attn.: Mr. LEUNG Kin-tak, Joseph)

Last revision date: 13 March 2020
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