Enrichment Program for Gifted Learners (Online Summer Program 2021): Course List

 

EPGL will adopt Online Teaching and Learning mode in Summer 2021.



Download Course Schedule (as of 31 May 2021)

 



Primary Section

 

Computer Science

D003
Little Programmer: Introduction to Scratch
Description:
With the new advances in the artificial intelligence (AI) technology, digital computers are providing an extremely promising future to the humanity in changing the world forever. Those who are youngsters today will be the one living with this revolutionary change.

Scratch is a programming language developed by MIT Media Lab. With drag-n-drop, you can easily create projects with audio and video effects, and share your creations with others. This course will focus on sharpening the basic logical skills required for driving a dumb digital computer into an intelligent “electronic brain”. In a relaxed and fun way, instructor will be showing students how constructing logics can drive the general purpose computers. Students will have a glimpse into the logical abilities required for understanding the world of digital intelligence. Through discussions, demonstrations, class exercises and competition, students will solve programming problems and maze challenges.
Instructor:
Dr. Alex Lam──Dr. Lam received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the McGill University of Canada in 2011. Since then he has been teaching at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of HKUST, teaching various courses at the undergraduate level. He has experience in developing diverse course materials and he enjoys teaching and sharing the joy of learning with his students. He feels that computer programming offers the best platform for the youth to unleash their full logical thinking capability.
Date & Time:
Jul 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 28, 2021 (Sat, Mon, Wed) 【2:30pm – 5:00pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on Jul 31 (Sat) 【2:30pm – 5:00pm】.
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with simple English (lecture notes in Chinese)
Requirements:
P.5 – P.6 students with basic computer skills (Scratch experience is not required)
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Students are expected to participate in-class Scratch exercises using the following equipment:
i. A computer (Hardware requirement: at least 4GB of DRAM and 16GB hard drive storage space; Operating system: Windows 10 or macOS 10.13)
ii. A web camera that is compatible with Scratch and Windows 10/ macOS 10.13

(3) Please make sure that the computer can access to a stable internet connection. (suggested internet speed: at least 100MB)

(4) Please download Scratch from its official website (https://scratch.mit.edu/download/scratch2) before course commencement.

(5) The Scratch software is not compatible with iPad, please avoid using iPad for online lesson of this course.

(6) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.


Mathematics

M106
Blended Learning in Mathematics
Description:
In this course, we will introduce various important concepts in mathematics through a combination of classroom teaching and interactive online learning so as to enhance students’ appreciation of the beauty of mathematics. Topics covered include numeral system; length, area and volume; counting and probability; elementary concepts in graph theory.
Instructor:
Dr. Avery Ching ── Dr. Ching was a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, HKUST. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics at UCLA in the United States before joining HKUST. He has a keen interest in education technology and digital learning. He helped the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) develop an online mathematics course for secondary school students. He also has extensive experience in teaching enrichment and mathematics training courses in CDGT.
Date & Time:
Lectures*: Jul 3 & Oct 2, 2021 (Sat) 
【Class A: 10:00am – 12:00nn】【Class B: 2:00pm – 4:00pm】
Self online learning: Jul 3 to Oct 30, 2021

*Instructor may adjust the lesson date(s) if necessary. Make-up lesson(s) will be arranged on the following date(s) and time: Jul 10 &/or Oct 9 (Sat) 【Class A: 10:00am – 12:00nn】【Class B: 2:00pm – 4:00pm】
Language:
Cantonese (lecture notes in Chinese)
Requirements:
P.4 – P.6 students who are interested in mathematics
Award:
Students who have completed online activities and assessment with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 1,400
Sample:
1. Computer Languages: Hex (avaliable in Chinese only)
2. Archimedes Tombstone (avaliable in Chinese only)
3. Triangular Pyramid (avaliable in Chinese only)
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

 

Science

S101
Experiments with Fun: Through Lens and Aperture
Description:
The essence of STEM is the nurture of scientific thinking. The course aims to provide an inquiry-based learning experience for primary school students through hands-on experiments. Instructors will lead and guide the students through a variety of activities. From preparation to assembling materials, students learn to make their own DIY optical tools and instruments step by step. Through a series of inquiry experiments, students will be guided to explore the underlying scientific knowledge.
The theme of this course is "Light". Interesting optical phenomena and daily-life examples will be shown to raise students’ interest and curiosity on the topic. Basic concepts in optics, including characteristics of light transmission, reflection, refraction, as well as their applications will be covered. The small class size (with an instructor-student ratio of 1:5-7) will allow more interactive elements between students and instructors.
*The course content is developed based on the Kids@UST Science Workshop: “Science ─ Now You See Me” (Apr 2018), “Little Detective: The Thief of Helios” (Dec 2018) and “Experiments with Fun: A Story of Optical Riddles” (Aug 2020).
Instructor:
“Kids@UST” Undergraduate Student Instructors──A team of HKUST undergraduate students who are leading and teaching the Kids@UST Science/Mathematics workshops organized by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST. They are of different academic backgrounds (Science, Engineering, Business, etc.), but share the same passion in teaching and STEM education. They also actively take part in teaching STEM classes for different primary schools and education centers. All of them are well-equipped and experienced in leading diversified science activities, and aspire to pursue a career in education in the future.
Date & Time:
Class A: Aug 2, 3, 5 & 6, 2021 (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri)
【Class A1: 10:30am – 12:15pm】
【Class A2: 2:30pm – 4:15pm】
Class B: Aug 9, 10, 12 & 13, 2021 (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri)
【Class B1: 10:30am – 12:15pm】
【Class B2: 2:30pm – 4:15pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on:
Class A: Aug 11 (Wed)
【Class A1: 10:30am – 12:15pm】【Class A2: 2:30pm – 4:15pm】
Class B: Aug 16 (Mon)
【Class B1: 10:30am – 12:15pm】【Class B2: 2:30pm – 4:15pm】

* The four classes have identical content
Language:
Cantonese (lecture notes in Chinese)
Requirements:
P.4 – P.6 students who are interested in Science
Award:
Students with 75% attendance will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 2,550 (A material pack valued at HKD 250 will be sent to student by post)
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Students are expected to:
i) take part in interactive class exercises during the live-online lessons;
ii) A material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are required to prepare some of the items and stationeries by themselves. Students are also required to prepare part of the materials according to the guidelines in the material pack before course starts;
iii) carry on with self-learning activities with the post-class extension materials provided for best learning outcome.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

 

 

Secondary Section

 

Astronomy

A001
Discovering the Cosmos: Summer Spacecraft
Description:
In this course, we will study celestial objects ─ from our local night sky, to our solar system, milky way and the observable universe, and celestial events, such as total solar eclipse and aurora. Along the way, we will learn about instruments that astronomers use to gather data. Instructor will also introduce key elements of astrophotography, and image processing skills of astronomy pictures. In addition, we will make our own little equipment such as telescope and sundial to understand their working mechanism and operation.
Instructor:
Mr. Savio Fong [Course Developer and Consultant]──Holds a degree of Engineering from CUHK and founder of Galaxy Scientific Group. With over 15 years of experience providing technical and educational services for local schools and institutions, including HKAGE. He has a rich expertise in astronomy equipment and observatory construction around Asia with clients from universities and national observatories from mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia etc. He is also the first person establishing an optical observatory in Tibet, at 5100m altitude.
Mr. David Leong──Holds a Master degree of Science from Imperial College, University of London of UK. He is an astronomy enthusiast for decades and has over 15 years of experience of teaching and running programs in astronomy for teenagers and teachers. He specializes in observations of solar system and deep sky objects, with a keen interest in astrophysics and cosmology.

Mr Ming Yeung – Holds a 1st class honors degree in Industrial Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, involved in different professional projects in the region, including setting up the Ma Wan Solar Tower observatory and telescope system, and research telescope systems of National Observatory of China.

Ms. Libby Wong──Has over 10 years’ experience in teaching astronomy in local schools. Clients include different elementary schools and organizations.
Date & Time:
Aug 10, 12, 14, 2021 (Tue, Thu, Sat) 【10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:30pm – 5:30pm】
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English
Requirements:
S.1 – S.5 students who have an interest in Astronomy
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,700 (material pack included)
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Students are expected to perform interactive class exercises during the online lessons. Material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are also required to prepare some of the items and stationeries by themselves. Details will be announced two weeks before course commencement.

(3) Students will be required to download and operate astronomy software using a computer with Windows installed.

(4) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(5) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.
 

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Life Science

B201
Introduction to Microbiology: Germs or Gems?
Description:
Since microbes are the causative agent of most infectious diseases, the public tends to have a negative impression on them and becomes unaware of their positive role in our society as well as the entire ecosystem. In this course, we will explore the diversity of different microbes, including fungi, protists, archaea, bacteria as well as viruses. We will then look into some disease-causing mechanisms of pathogens, beneficial applications of microbes, as well as the global situation of COVID-19.
Apart from online laboratory demonstrations, hands-on practices and virtual experiments will provide precious opportunities for students to gain technical skills related to microbiological analysis of environmental or clinical samples. In addition, in-class discussion and result presentation sessions will allow students to further develop their problem-solving skills as well as communication skills.
Instructor:
Dr. Amy Li ── Dr. Li is currently a Teaching Associate in Division of Life Science, HKUST. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from McGill University, Canada, and a conference presentation award from American Society for Microbiology. She has over ten research publications in international academic journals and been a reviewer for the journal Environmental Microbiology. Dr. Li has extensive teaching experience in various biology courses at local and overseas universities. She is particularly good at integrating a combination of teaching strategies and class activities to develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills, as well as inspire their interest in further study.
Date & Time:
Jul 17, 24, 31, & Aug 7, 14, 2021 (Sat) 【10:00am – 1:00pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on Aug 21 (Sat) 【10:00am – 1:00pm】
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Proactive learners who love nature with general concepts in biology
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,250 (material pack included)
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online course will include demonstrations and interactive class activities. A material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are also required to prepare some of the materials by themselves. Details will be announced two weeks before course commencement.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

B202
Investigating Environmental Crisis
Description:
The environment is important to support human life by providing various resources and ecosystem services. The well-being of the mankind would be severely affected if the ecosystems are collapsed. Nowadays, different human activities are putting stresses on the environment. Climate change and the loss of biodiversity are two overwhelming alarms among many. It is urgent to call for actions to mitigate these environmental problems.

This course will discuss some global environmental issues such as microplastics, pollutions and coral bleaching. Various demonstrations will facilitate students to understand the causes of environmental impacts and by using mobile apps, the students will acquire some basic skills of environmental monitoring. Real-life example about environmental mitigations, as well as local case studies will be discussed and evaluated, and students are encouraged to recommend creative and innovative ways to tackle the problems.
Instructor:
Ms. Grace Leung── Ms. Leung is currently a part-time lecturer of the BSocSc (Hons) in Environment and Resources Management programme in the Department of Geography, HKBU. She is also teaching for the Associate of Science in Environmental Studies at UOW College Hong Kong. Ms. Leung is responsible for a number of courses related to environmental sustainability and environmental monitoring. Using real life cases and hot issues, Ms. Leung is skilled in facilitating students to step forward in conserving the environment.

Ms. Leung worked as a Senior Education Officer in World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong and acquired extensive experiences in environmental education. She is particularly experienced in engaging students of various age groups through interactive outreach and school-based activities.
Date & Time:
Aug 3, 5, 10 & 12, 2021 (Tue & Thu) 【2:00pm – 5:00pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on Aug 17 (Tue) 【2:00pm – 5:00pm】
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (Lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Junior secondary students with basic science knowledge and interested in environmental issues
Award:
Students with 80% attendance will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 2,650 (material pack included)
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online course will include demonstrations and interactive class exercises. A material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are also required to prepare some of the items and stationeries by themselves. Details will be announced two weeks before course commencement.

(3) Students will be required to download and operate environmental monitoring apps by using a smart phone or tablet.

(4) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.
B808
Look Inside Our Body ─ Animal Physiology
Description:
In this course, we will use a comparative approach to examine the physiology of selected animal systems (such as the circulatory, nervous and sensory systems) with an emphasis on vertebrates. We will also examine how physiological systems are integrated and thus allow animals to respond in different environments. Moreover, dissection demonstrations will be conducted by the instructor, through which students can observe the structures and feel the textures of various organs, including frog heart, pig lungs and ox eyes.
Instructor:
Dr. Philip Lam──Dr. Lam received his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Southern California, USA. He is currently a lecturer at the Division of Life Science, HKUST. He has years of substantial teaching experience. He is familiar with various new pedagogical strategies such as e-learning and blended learning. He believes that it is utmost important to provide students a learning environment that nurtures critical thinking.
Date & Time:
Aug 4, 6, 9, 11 & 13, 2021 (Wed, Fri & Mon)
Class A :【2:00pm – 5:00pm】
Class B :【10:00am – 1:00pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on Aug 16 (Mon) 【Class A: 2:00pm – 5:00pm】【Class B: 10:00am – 1:00pm】
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Students who have a genuine interest in animal biology
Award:
Students with 80% attendance will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,250 (material pack included)
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Students are expected to perform interactive class exercises during the online lessons. A material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are required to prepare some of the items and small tools by themselves. Details will be announced via email two weeks before the course commencement.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.


B809
Human Genome Editing
Description:
How do medical laboratories screen for genetic diseases? How can mutations be repaired? What happens in clinical trials? Can we now edit our genes to prevent diseases?
This course aims to answer not just these fascinating questions but also discuss interesting concepts, applications and case studies. Through group discussion, role play and oral presentation, students will be able to expand their knowledge in medical genetics and improve their critical thinking, scientific enquiry and communication skills.
Instructor:
Dr. Lee Siu Po──Dr. Lee graduated from Oxford University in Biochemistry before completing her Ph.D. in cancer genetics at the University of Hong Kong with the Li Ka Shing Prize for her outstanding thesis and two publications in Nature Genetics. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in science education and enjoys teaching science while participating actively in various science engagement activities in Hong Kong. She started teaching for the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST since 2015. Dr. Lee likes to bring the latest news into lessons so that students can understand the applications of science in their everyday lives. She believes that education should be lifelong and hopes to inspire her students to become healthy and independent individuals. She is currently working as an education consultant.
Date & Time:
Aug 7, 10, 14, 17, 21 & 24, 2021 (Sat & Tue ) 【10:00am – 1:00pm】
Language:
English
Requirements:
S.4 and S.5 students who are interested and with knowledge in genetics, DNA and molecular biology
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,500
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) The online course will include interactive class exercises. Student are required to prepare some of the items and stationery by themselves. Details will be announced via email two weeks before the course commencement.

(3) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(4) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

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Chemistry

C101
Molecular Science of Food and Beverages
Description:
What is your understanding of food and beverage except seeing them as delicacies and items for culinary art? What is the magic behind molecular cooking? As simple as a hot cup of tea, the color, taste and aroma are manifests of a collection of scientific knowledge. The concept of chemical synthesis will be introduced in this course. Topics include molecular science of tastes, aromas, carbohydrates and food colorings. Instructor will also introduce the concept of molecular cooking.
Students will learn abstract concepts in molecular science mainly through online lectures. The experiment or laboratory demonstrations with explanation allow students to understand chemistry concepts of some basic techniques in molecular cooking. Students need to work on a project focusing on a selected topic about food and beverages.
Instructor:
Dr. Dennis Chan──Dr. Chan is the Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. He specializes in organic synthesis of compounds with pharmaceutical potential and application of organometallic reagents in chemical synthesis. He currently teaches a University Common Core course (in science and technology area) and practical chemistry courses in the Department of Chemistry covering various areas of chemistry realm ─ including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biomolecular chemistry, material chemistry and pure chemistry. He also supervises final year undergraduate students in completing their capstone projects. He has extensive experience in teaching gifted students and has been teaching a variety of courses offered by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST since 2007.
Dr. Cheung Man Sing──Dr. Cheung is currently an Assistant Manager (Laboratory) in the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. His research area mainly focuses on theoretical organic and organometallic chemistry, with the emphasis on designing catalysts and other useful materials. He is experienced in teaching chemistry to various types of students. He now teaches laboratory courses of general chemistry and synthetic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and the chemistry courses offered by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST.
Date & Time:
Jul 3, 10, 17*, 24, 31 & Aug 7, 2021 (Sat) 【2:00pm – 5:00pm】

*Online Laboratory Demonstration with explanation.
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Secondary school students interested in food chemistry. Preferably with basic knowledge in atomic structure, periodic table, ionic and covalent bonds.
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,600
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.
(2) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.
(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.


C105
The Chemical Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:
                        Chemistry in Forensic Science
Description:
Public understanding of forensic science is largely based on TV shows, such as CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), which use hi-tech imagery for dramatic effect at the expense of understanding of an increasingly important part of criminal justice process. Dramatic scientific breakthroughs in the past decades, in particular the discovery of DNA profiling, have revolutionized forensic science. Evidence can be obtained from microscopic traces of body fluids, drugs, and explosives of sufficient quality for it to be pivotal in an investigation or trial. Forensic science is now firmly embedded in the criminal justice agenda since it can answer investigative questions in many instances better than any other means.
This course will introduce students to the theories, techniques and analytical instruments for forensic science, which includes the analysis of fingerprint, blood stains, DNA profiling, DNA sequencing, drug chemistry, fibers, etc. Students need to work on a project focusing on a topic of their interest. Additionally, laboratory demonstrations and explanations will be provided so as to allow students to understand on how to analyze samples with various instruments in forensic science.
Instructor:
Dr. Veronica Tse──Dr. Tse is a Technical Officer at the Department of Chemistry, HKUST, and is currently involved in postgraduate level laboratory courses. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Bachelor’s degree in Heath Science, a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and a Ph.D. degree in Chinese Medicine. She specializes in the disciplines of analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, biomolecular analysis and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) research. She has wide experience in teaching laboratory courses covering various areas of chemistry realm ─ including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biomolecular chemistry and analytical chemistry. She has previously assisted in delivering courses offered by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST.
Date & Time:
Class A:
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31* & Aug 7, 2021 (Sat)  【10:00am – 1:00pm】

Class B:
Jul 19, 21, 23, 26, 28* & 30, 2021 (Mon, Wed & Fri)  【10:00am – 1:00pm】

*Online Laboratory Demonstration with explanation.
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Secondary school students interested in the chemistry and techniques used in forensic science
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,600
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

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Computer Science

D002
Python for Everyone
Description:
The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. Coding allows you to use computer as a tool to express yourself and realize your creative ideas.
This course is a programming course for everyone, teaching the popular Python programming language. No pre-requisite knowledge in programming is needed. The course introduces programming fundamentals, such as variables and expressions, program control flow with branches and loops, functions, recursion, strings, files, and lists. Via lectures and programming exercises, you will be able to write simple Python programs to solve practical problems. Learning to program is ultimately about learning to think logically and to approach problems methodically. Such abilities can be carried ahead and prepare you for any advanced programming courses in the future.
Instructor:
Class A:
Mr. Wallace Mak──Mr. Mak is a teaching associate at the Computer Science and Engineering Department, HKUST. He is an enthusiast of programming and is proficient in more than 10 programming languages, particularly in Python, Java, and C++. Being an educator with more than 10 years of teaching experience of numerous programming languages and tools, his teaching has been very well-received by thousands of students. Mr. Mak loves programming and wishes to share the joy and fun of it with young learners.

Class B:
Dr. Cecia Chan ── Dr. Chan is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST. She received her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and joined HKUST in 2012. Dr. Chan has a strong passion in education and has rich experience in teaching students from different backgrounds and at different levels. She teaches computer programming courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including two popular languages, C++ and Python, and fundamental courses on Big Data. Her research interests include information extraction, text mining, machine learning, and knowledge system.
Date & Time:
Class A and Class B:
Jul 26, 28, 30 & Aug 2, 4, 6, 2021 (Mon, Wed & Fri)
【2:30pm – 5:00pm】
Language:
English
Requirements:
Students with basic computer skills and interested in computer science and programming
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed in-class programming projects will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Students are expected to participate in the programming exercises during the online lessons. Please download Python version 3.9.1 or newer version (if any) from its official website (https://www.python.org/downloads/) before the course commencement.

(3) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(4) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

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Engineering

E102
Exploration of Engineering
Description:
Engineering plays an important role in the 21st century. It can be divided into different branches, each of which is closely related to our daily life. For instance, engineers have devoted to researches and application of renewable energy, thus contributing to a low-carbon future. Various products have been created and developed to meet our needs, making our life more wonderful and convenient. Materials engineering has great influence on our daily living, from the development of construction materials of our homes, to the application of nano-particles in sunscreen products which protect us from UV lights.
This course aims at introducing to students these very important branches of engineering through lectures, demonstrations and discussion sessions. Topics include: 1. The fundamental correlations among processing, structures, properties, and performances of common engineering materials, and the evolution of materials technology. 2. Configuration of solar cars and the fundamental of design and manufacturing in mechanical system. Students will understand the principle of conversion of sun light to electricity. 3. An introduction to the relationship between product design and engineering, through examples of pharmaceuticals, beverages, electrical appliances, personal and health care products.
Instructor:
Prof. Tao Hong──Prof. Tao is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. She is currently teaching undergraduate courses “Engineering Materials I & II”, which have been greatly enriched by her more than 10 years’ experiences in both research and market-driven R&D services to multiple industries through governmental and industrial funded projects.
Prof. Marshal Liu──Prof. Liu is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Associate Director of Center for Engineering Education Innovation, HKUST. He has been actively involved in the curriculum design and teaching innovation. Prof. Liu has received numerous teaching awards from different departments, schools and universities, including Distinguished Teaching Award in School of Engineering at HKUST. In 2020, he received the prestigious Common Core Teaching Excellence Award for his course Introduction to Food Science and Technology. His research focuses on food processing and product development.
Prof. Robin Ma──Prof. Ma obtained his Ph.D. in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. He has been active in engineering education for over 15 years. He has also had an increasing involvement with new approaches to education, including experiential learning, blended learning and undergraduate research. He believes that this broader contemporary approach is beneficial for students, especially for engineering students preparing for professional careers. On the other hand, he is the Director of the Centre for Industry Engagement and Internship (IEI) in the School of Engineering (SENG) at HKUST.
Date & Time:
Aug 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 & 11, 2021 (Wed – Fri & Mon – Wed) 
【2:00pm – 4:30pm】
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
S.1 – S.3 students
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

E104
All You Can Eat? - Food Myths and Mysteries
Description:
Food is indispensable in our life. It provides energy, nutrition, and satisfaction. We obtain adequate and balanced nutrients from food, and meanwhile we should try to keep away from the junk food and unhealthy stuff. There are various so-called healthy food, super food and functional food on the market. Are they really useful? Food safety is undoubtedly critical to our health. Is your food contaminated by microbes or chemicals? How to tell the risk?

Science gives us tools and knowledge to debunk food myths. This course will discuss real-life cases, and equip students with relevant knowledge in science and technology. In the lab session, students will obtain hands-on experience through food processing experiments. The instructor will also introduce the future food, such as genetically modified (GM) food, artificial meat (plant-based meat or lab-grown meat), and novel food processing technology.
Instructor:
Prof. Marshal Liu──Prof. Liu is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Education in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Associate Director of Center for Engineering Education Innovation, HKUST. He has been actively involved in the curriculum design and teaching innovation. Prof. Liu has received numerous teaching awards from different departments, schools and universities, including Distinguished Teaching Award in School of Engineering at HKUST. In 2020, he received the prestigious Common Core Teaching Excellence Award for his course Introduction to Food Science and Technology. His research focuses on food processing and product development.
Date & Time:
Jul 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 & Aug 2*, 4, 6, 2021 (Wed, Fri & Mon)
【10:00am – 12:30pm】

*Online Laboratory Class
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Secondary students interested in food or science
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed most of the assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,850 (material pack included)
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) The laboratory session will adopt online mode. Under guidance, students will participate in the food processing experiments at home.

(3) A material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are also required to prepare some of the items and stationeries by themselves. Details will be announced via email two weeks before course commencement.

(4) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(5) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.


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Humanities & Arts

H001
Exploration of Architecture: Habitation and Narrative
Description:
‘You employ stone, wood and concrete, and within these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: “This is beautiful”. That is Architecture. Art enters in.’

Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture), Le Corbusier, 1923.
Architecture is a complex and interdisciplinary art form. It is scientific and utilitarian, and yet abstract and sensuous. Wandering in the city, built form is ubiquitous but the notion of architecture is ambiguous. It is both a manifestation of the genuine creativity of an individual and the celebration of our civilization.

This course is a studio-based adventure aiming to raise the students’ interest and awareness of space and architecture. It explores the concept of habitation and the significance of narrative in spatial design. Through a series of observation and design exercises, the course provides opportunities for students to develop problem-solving skills and comprehension of abstract concepts, and unleash their creative potential. The course encourages students to actively participate in the making process, discussion and presentation of their creative ideas! To optimize interaction among instructor and student, this course will adopt small class teaching mode.

The 7-day course combines lectures, workshops, and studio learning to create a stimulating, fun and engaging experience for everyone, who is interested in art, design, making, city or architecture.
Instructor:
Prof. Mo Kar Him ──Prof. Mo is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Studies Programme, CUHK. He has been actively involved in teaching theory and design studio in architecture and urban design, and bridging the academia, design professions and community through participatory design research and community empowerment programme. With a background as a design architect and policy consultant, his research investigates the impact of built environment on wellbeing and fosters best design practice for the ageing population.

Besides academic research, Prof. Mo’s creative works have been awarded or shortlisted by a number of art and professional institutions, including RIBA, HKIA, and M+ Design Trust. His designs have been exhibited and published in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Architecture is Art Festival, ArtAlive@Park, HKIA Reveal, Home Journal, RIBA President’s Medal.
Tutor of Studio Learning Sessions :
Mr. Jimmy Ho ── Mr. Ho is a multidisciplinary designer who specializes in architecture and interior design, exhibition and installation art, and curatorial management. Graduated from the School of Architecture, CUHK, Jimmy has experienced a diversity of projects and co-founded his own practice, Craftsmen Limited. He co-designed the opening exhibition Tai Kwun 100 for the Centre of Heritage and Arts which received international awards including Frame Award and Design For Asia Award in 2018. He has been active in exhibiting cultural ideas including deTour 2016, Reveal 2 HKIA 2016, Past. Present. Future – Tracking Hong Kong Architecture (Taipei) 2015 and UABB (HK-SZ) 2015. He is now conducting his doctoral research at CUHK.
Date & Time:
Jul 21, 23, 2021 (Wed, Fri)【9:30am – 12:30pm】
Jul 26 (Mon)*【10:00am – 12:00nn】
Jul 28, 30, Aug 2 (Wed, Fri, Mon)【9:30am – 1:30pm】
Aug 4, (Wed)【9:30am – 12:30pm】

*There will be a field trip on Jul 26 if the situation allows. Details will be explained during lesson.
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (Workshop materials in English)
Requirements:
S.1 – S.4 students who are interested in architecture, design and art.
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with a passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 4,800 (material pack included)
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Students are expected to perform interactive class exercises during the online lessons. A material pack will be distributed to student before lesson. Students are also required to prepare some of the items and stationeries by themselves. Details will be announced two weeks before course commencement.

(3) Field Trip will be replaced by online invited lecture and sharing in case of severe situation of COVID-19 or other unforeseeable circumstances.

(4) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(5) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.
M101
An Introduction to Number Theory
Description:
Number Theory is the study of numbers. Simple as it sounds, concepts and theorems involved are so profound that they are well beyond your imagination! No wonder the great mathematician C.F. Gauss once called it “the Queen of Mathematics”. In this course, you can get a glimpse of this “beautiful queen” and how it can be applied in our daily life, such as encryption and QR codes. Topics covered in this course include modular arithmetic, Fermat theorem and Euler phi functions, some applications of number theory like encryption, QR codes, cryptography – RSA encryption, etc.
Instructor:
Mr. Walter Chan──Mr. Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently teaching at the Department of Mathematics, HKUST. Mr. Chan is passionate about mathematics education. He is experienced in teaching different mathematics topics including Calculus, Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics.
Date & Time:
Jul 20, 22, 27, 29 & Aug 3, 5, 2021 (Tue, Thu)
【10:30am – 1:00pm】
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
S.3 students or above
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

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Physics

P103
Nobel Prizes in Physics that Shaped Our World
Description:
The Nobel Prize in Physics may sound somewhat strange to the general public, yet the discoveries and inventions awarded have brought about far-reaching impact on our daily lives. In this course, the selected Nobel Prizes in Physics are categorized into several fields ─ solid state physics, quantum physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics, etc. The underlying concepts, theories and experiments involved will be introduced and explained in layman’s terms. We hope that students would be inspired by the wonders of physics, and could also recognize how physics has changed the perspective we perceive our world and even the universe.
Instructor:
Dr. Ng Yee Fai──Dr. Ng is an instructor at the Department of Physics, HKUST. He received his Ph.D. in surface physics from the University of Hong Kong. He is experienced in developing and teaching courses ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate level, including large-scale common core courses and experiential learning courses. Besides regular teaching at the University, Dr. Ng has been promoting science to secondary school students by teaching at the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, the Summer Institute and the Physics Olympiad at HKUST. Dr. Ng believes that science is not confined to ivory towers and therefore he is also enthusiastic about giving various talks on popular science for the public, secondary school students and the University staff.
Date & Time:
Aug 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 2021 (Tue, Wed & Fri) 【2:00pm – 4:30pm】
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (Lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
S.1 – S.3 students who are interested in physics
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Online lesson will be held as scheduled in case of bad weather.

(3) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

P104
An Evolution – From Classical to Modern Physics
Description:
The understanding of the Nature was challenged by a number of experiments performed in the late 19th century to early 20th century. To explain the outcome of these experiments and uncover the rules of the Nature, modern physics was invented. Notable branches of modern physics include relativity and quantum mechanics. Surprisingly, the rules of modern physics seem counter-intuitive.

This course will introduce the development of modern physics. Through lectures and demonstrations, instructor will explain why classical physics is not sufficient to explain the Nature and introduce the concepts of modern physics, which includes the time dilation, length contraction, the distortion of space-time, the quanta of light, the Bohr model of atom, and the wave properties of particles.
Instructor:
Dr. Choy Ting Pong ── Dr. Choy is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Physics, HKUST. He has been very actively involved in physics education at different levels and is also the coach of the Hong Kong team for the International Physics Olympiad.
Date & Time:
Jul 27, 29, & Aug 3, 5, 10, 12, 2021 (Tue & Thu)
【10:00am – 12:30pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on Aug 17 (Tue) 【10:00am – 12:30pm】
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Secondary students with basic mathematical skills (trigonometry) and interested in physics. Knowledge in calculus is not required.
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Sample:
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Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.

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Design Thinking

T101
Biomimicry and Design Thinking:
                        Nature’s Solutions to Real World Problems
Description:
A tree is usually seen as a source of fuel or material for building. In fact, a tree is an amazing design, from using and storing solar energy without toxic by-products, moving gallons of water a day without a pump, synthesizing carbon materials out of air, and forming a sustainable ecosystem that has nourished many other organisms. The physical structure and mechanisms embedded in the design of trees can be sources of inspiration to conceive innovative and sustainable products, processes and systems to solve real-world problems.

This course will introduce students to the core concepts of biomimicry and design thinking. It is a journey to understand the complexity of the natural world and how we are interconnected with it. Under guidance, students will work in groups to define and solve an open-ended problem under a design thinking framework and with sustainable approaches inspired by the nature. Small class size will allow more interactive elements between students and the instructor.
Instructor:
Dr. Otis Lam── Dr. Lam is a lecturer at the Faculty of Science, CUHK. He received his Ph.D in Biology from the HKUST. Dr. Lam is passionate about education. He has various experiences in higher education sector, from front-line teaching, back-end teaching support, to student support and advising. Dr. Lam developed a biomimicry course for undergraduate students. He works closely with students to explore innovative and sustainable solutions.
Date & Time:
Jul 21, 23, 28, 30 & Aug 4, 6, 2021 (Wed & Fri) 【2:00pm – 5:00pm】
Aug 11 (Wed) 【2:00pm – 3:00pm】

Online lesson will be postponed in case of bad weather. Make-up lesson will be arranged on Aug 13 (Fri) 【2:00pm – 5:00pm】
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (Lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
S4 or above, who are interested in nature and real-world issues, design thinking, and enjoy idea sharing and collaboration in a proactive manner with a group.
Award:
Students who have attained 80% attendance and completed all assessment activities with passing grades will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,800
Remarks:
(1) All EPGL summer courses will adopt online teaching and learning in 2021.

(2) Course instructor will modify the course content to facilitate online learning, if necessary.