Science Alive is jointly organised by the British Council, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Education City Limited, and sponsored by the Croucher Foundation. Every year for the past 22 years, Science Alive has invited leading UK academics and communicators in the various fields of science to engage Hong Kong’s students, teachers and the public in activities that promote a wider understanding of science.

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, an interesting branch of chemistry. It also marks over a century of the X-ray diffraction method, which allows scientists to determine the molecular conformations of proteins and other macromolecules, or simply, the arrangement of atoms in solids. For example, the famous double-helical structure of DNA was deduced using X-ray diffraction. 

To celebrate a century of amazing chemistry-related discoveries, we are going to feature Chemistry as the theme of Science Alive 2015. Chemistry is the study of the basic characteristics of matter and the different ways in which they react or combine with other matter and energy. Through various activities, we can discover that chemistry is all around us and learn more about the molecular structures of the things we can see and those we cannot.

As always, we would like to thank our partners and sponsors for their continued support and the many teachers, students and parent participants who help make science “alive”.

Welcome and join us during 7-20 March 2015!

Science drama shows: Material World

It is a fast-paced and fact-packed interactive show which tells us what the world around us is made of and the differences among elements, molecules and compounds.

Performers: Outreach team of London Science Museum
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links:

General Studies curriculum P1-6: Strand 3 Science and Technology in Everyday LifeScience curriculum S1-3: Unit 6 Matter as Particles

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)
• Suitable for primary (P1-6) and secondary (S1-3) students, families and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Schedule:

7-8.3.2015 (Sat & Sun)

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

10.3.2015 (Tue)

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

17.3.2015 (Tue) 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Science drama shows: It's Only Water............. or is it?

This exciting, interactive science show explores all the amazing properties of water and investigates all the things that water can do in the form of a trick and quiz show.

Performers: Outreach team of Science made simple

Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links:

General Studies curriculum P1-6: Strand 3 Science and Technology in Everyday Life
Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 5 The Wonderful Solvent –Water and Unit 6 Matter as Particles

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)
• Suitable for primary (P1-6) and secondary (S1-3) students, families and the general public on a first-come, first-served  basis. 

Schedule:

13.6.2015 (Fri)

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

14.3.2015 (Sat)

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

15.3.2015 (Sun)

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Family workshops: Make Your Own Fizzy Bath Bomb

This workshop explores how the ratios of materials in a chemical reaction affect the amount of product, and how different factors can affect chemical reactions by making simple bath fizzers using everyday household ingredients.

Performer: Outreach team of London Science Museum

Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links:

General Studies curriculum P1-6: Strand 3 Science and Technology in Everyday Life

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)

• Suitable for primary (P4-6) students and parents

• Each child must be accompanied by an adult to participate the workshop

• Each session has 40 seats for 20 children and 20 adults

• Registration starts one hour before the workshop outside the laboratory on a first-come, first-served basis

Schedule:

7.3.2015 (Sat) 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
8.3.2015 (Sun) 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
15.3.2015 (Sun)

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Family workshop: "It's Only Water............. or is it?"

This exciting, hands-on workshop explores all the amazing properties of water. We will investigate all the things water can do. Can we defy gravity? Explode it? Use it to create a cube bubble? We find out all this and more! Prepare to get wet!

Performer: Outreach team of London Science Museum
Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links:

General Studies curriculum P1-6: Strand 2: People and Environment

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)

• Suitable for primary (P4-6)  students and parents

• Each child must be accompanied by an adult to participate the workshop

• Each session has 40 seats for 20 children and 20 adults

• Registration starts one hour before the workshop outside the laboratory on a first-come, first-served  basis

Schedule:

14.3.2015 (Sat) 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

FameLab Hong Kong grand final

FameLab competition is held for the sixth year in Hong Kong. It aims to find the most talented science communicators in Hong Kong. Contestants will share a scientific topic in an exciting, captivating and innovative way in three minutes, in order to inspire and excite public imagination. Secondary 4 to 6 students and secondary school teachers are welcome to attend the final and select their favourite presentation for the Audience Choice Award. 

Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

• Conducted in English
• Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis
• More details of FameLab competition can be found at www.britishcouncil.hk/en/programmes/education/science/famelab-hong-kong

Schedule:

14. 3. 2015 (Sat) 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Science Interactive lectures: Limited elements, unlimited materials

To create materials with limited elements, we should understand thoroughly the properties of each of the 118 elements of the periodic table. This lecture is presented by a member of the Periodic Table of Videos team, the School of Chemistry’s Public Awareness Scientist, Dr Samantha Tang. She will introduce some chemical elements with live demonstrations to us, then compare and contrast the use of video to communicate science versus live demonstrations, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of these differing forms of communication.

Speaker: Dr Samantha Tang, University of Nottingham
Venue: Lecture hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links

Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 2 Microscopic World I (Compulsory Part)

• Conducted in English
• Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis

Schedule:

11.3.2015 (Wed)

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm

4.00 pm – 5.15 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Science Interactive lectures: Click your fingers

In the time it took you to do that, your fingernails grew by one nanometer. In this talk, Dr Annela Seddon explores Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – the science of objects on the billionth of a meter scale. Find out about a place where Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering meet. Discover a hidden world of colour, giraffes, and dancing particles and expect interactive demonstrations involving Lego and a water pistol. You’ll also learn about how some of the biggest problems facing the planet could be solved with some innovative, and tiny, solutions. 

Speaker: Dr Annela Seddon, University of Bristol
Venue: Lecture hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links 

Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 14 Material Chemistry (Elective Part)

• Conducted in English
• Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis

Schedule:

18.3.2015 (Wed)

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm

4.00 pm – 5.15 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Science Interactive lectures: Indestructible Energy

Petrol, ping pong balls, calories and cookies – what do they all have in common? Energy! In this lecture, Jamie burns food, bounces balls and generates electricity as he shows us what energy is and why we can't create or destroy it. Explore how your body is like a combustion engine and why cars burn petrol instead of eating cookies! 

Speaker: Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow

Venue: Lecture hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links

Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 5 Fossil Fuels and Carbon Compounds (Compulsory Part)
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 13 Industrial Chemistry (Elective Part)

• Conducted in English
• Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis

Schedule:

20.3.2015 (Fri)

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm

4.00 pm – 5.15 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Student workshops: Polymorph and slime & Iodine clock experiment

Polymorph and slime

Students will mix their own slime with different colours at this experiment. How to change the physical properties of the slime by changing the proportion of the chemicals? They will find out the answer at this workshop. Students will also be introduced to thermoplastic polymorph.

Iodine clock experiment

With this experiment, students will investigate dilution and learn how to measure volume accurately to facilitate chemical reactions.

Facilitator: The Bristol ChemLabS of School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links:

Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 1 Introducing Science and Unit 14 Materials of the Modern World

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)
• Suitable for secondary students (S1-3) and teachers on a first-come, first-served basis
• The workshops aim to have teachers and students learn together. Priority will be given to teachers who bring with them 1 – 9 students

Schedule:

9.3.2015 (Mon)

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Student workshops: Green energy - Solar cells and biofuels

This activity will introduce students to some of the issues faced by society surrounding energy and the environment and how science may play a part in reducing these problems. The University of Bath is heavily involved in cutting edge research to meet these challenges through the Department of Chemistry’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the University’s Institute of Sustainable Energy and the Environment. Students will be challenged to make and test their own solar cells and biofuels based on some of this technology but using everyday materials.

Facilitator: Outreach team of Department of Chemistry, University of Bath
Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum links:

Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 4 Energy

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)
• Suitable for secondary students (S1-3) and teachers on a first-come, first-served basis
• The workshops aim to have teachers and students learn together. Priority will be given to teachers who bring with them 1 – 9 students

Schedule:

16.3.2015 (Mon)

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm 

4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Student workshops: Slime Time & Make Your Own Fizzy Bath Bomb

Slime is a strange substance. Left to its own devices, it oozes like a liquid; give it a push or a pull, and it's stiff like a solid.  This workshop looks at materials, how they change and transform, and involves making slippery slime.

Make Your Own Fizzy Bath Bomb explores how the ratios of materials in a chemical reaction affect the amount of product, and how different factors can affect chemical reactions by making simple bath fizzers using everyday household ingredients.

Facilitator:  Outreach team, London Science Museum

Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum

Curriculum Links:

Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 14 - Materials of the Modern World

• Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir)
• Suitable for secondary students (S1-3) and teachers on a first-come, first-served basis
• The workshops aim to have teachers and students learn together. Priority will be given to teachers who bring with them 1 – 9 students

Schedule:

17.3.2015 (Tue)

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm 

4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Teacher development workshops

Teacher development workshops

This practical half-day workshop provides primary and secondary science teachers with creative approaches for engaging young people to explore science. The workshop will showcase effective teaching tools for arousing students’ curiosity, making science relevant to their lives, building inquiry and science skills and challenging the way they view science. The focus will be on transferable techniques and teachers will bring back truly useful ideas and resources for the classroom and beyond.

Facilitators: Teacher training team, London Science Museum

Venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum

• Conducted in English
• Suitable for science teachers of primary and secondary schools
• Each session has 20 seats and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis

Schedule:

For primary school teachers:  
11.3.2015 (Wed) 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
12.3.2014 (Thu) 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
13.3.2014 (Fri) 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
For secondary school teachers:  
10.3.2015 (Tue)

10.00 am - 12.30 pm

2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

11.3.2015 (Wed) 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
12.3.2014 (Thu) 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
13.3.2014 (Fri) 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details. 

 

School tour science drama shows - Material World

It is a fast-paced and fact-packed interactive show which tells us what the world around us is made of and the differences among elements, molecules and compounds.

Facilitator: Outreach team, London Science Museum
Venue: School Hall /  Auditorium

Curriculum links

General Studies curriculum P1-6: Strand 3 Science and Technology in Everyday Life
Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 6 Matter as Particles
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Microscopic World I (Compulsory Part)

  • Conducted in English (with Cantonese interpretation provided by Theatre Noir for schools that request it)
  • No seating arrangement is required and no quota on audience; students can interact freely with the performers
  • The show requires the display of PowerPoint presentations, schools should provide a portable screen, projector and portable PA system with three sets of microphones (preferably clip-on or hands-free ones) for the performers

Schedule:

 9.3.2015 (Mon)

 

8.50 am – 10.25 am
11.00 am – 12.35 pm
2.20 pm – 3.55 pm

11.3.2015 (Wed)
12.3.2015 (Thu)
13.3.2015 (Fri)
16.3.2015 (Mon)
18.3.2015 (Wed)
19.3.2015 (Thu) 
20.3.2015 (Fri)

Registration will start in early January 2015. Please visit again for details.

Student debate: Motion: That the study of Chemistry threatens humanity

The modern world would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the study of Chemistry. From the discovery of the electron to the invention of plastic, Chemistry either lurks in the shadows or is in plain sight of everything we do.  But have these discoveries helped or hindered our very survival as a species? Will it be what saves us or the very thing that destroys us?  Students will attempt to get to the bottom of these questions and more. Chemistry: Friend or Foe?

Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

  

  • Conducted in English 
  • Suitable for an audience of senior secondary students (S4-6) and their teachers and the general public
  • These shows will reserve a portion of free admission seats for the general public on a first come, first served basis.

 

Schedule:

12.3.2015 (Thurs) 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm