The STEM curriculum of our school is dedicated to nurturing women’s achievements in the field of science-related disciplines and mathematics, and can be summarized as the “GIRLS” course elements:
- “G”uided knowledge construction
- “I”CT for learning
- “R”eal-world problem-solving and innovation
- “L”earning with self-regulation
- “S”uccessful collaboration
Our STEM-related subjects emphasize students’ active participation in exploring and developing knowledge and inspire students’ enquiry-based learning and an innovative mind. In order to achieve these, one element we incorporate in our teaching materials is authentic scenarios of everyday life where there are challenges or problems to be solved. Students are to manipulate cross-discipline knowledge and skills to contemplate and implement solutions. Examples of such a learning mode include designing smart home components and smartphone apps, using artificial intelligence for face and text recognition, growing organic vegetables using light emitting diodes and implementing food testing, etc. To complement such innovative teaching initiatives, the school offers various modes of learning and teaching through information technology in order to raise the effectiveness of learning such as virtual-reality in the classroom. Such modes of learning engage students and deepening their understanding of what they have learnt.
In 2019, our students, Chan Ka Yan and Kwok Tsang In, won the Hong Kong Championship and the Best Presentation Award in the “Fintech Application and Innovation Inter-school Competition” organized by the Department of System Engineering and Engineering Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Our S3 students participated in a fun science competition organized by the Hong Kong Science Museum. They applied STEM knowledge to complete the assigned tasks and were rewarded with a first prize.
In this competition, students were required to make use of electronic maps, global positioning systems and other technologies to reach the designated destination and complete specific projects in the shortest time. Four of our S4 students taking ICT defeated 48 teams and won the championship.
Three students from Campus TV participated in the VR design competition hosted by NetDragon and won the best VR design championship.
Our S3 students participated in the “Innovation and Technology” Robot Festival held by the Kowloon City District. They used Dash & Dot robots for programming tasks and won the Robot Teamwork Award.
Our students got inspiration from the Venetian blinds. They added solar tracking system to the water-cooled wall design to improve the city’s energy efficiency and building energy efficiency. Their design won the Merit Award.
In June 2018, twelve S5 and S6 students of our school participated in the “Personal Data Privacy Guardian” mobile application design competition organized by the “Hong Kong Personal Data Privacy Commissioner’s Office”. One team won the Merit Award.
The scientific experience activities are jointly designed by the teachers and students of our school. Primary school students from all districts are invited to participate in the STEM Fun Day.
Led by our students, participants combine technology and scientific principles in creative ways, such as the production of molecular foods and holographic images. Parent-child science workshops and STEM competitions ignite primary school students’ interest in science and understanding in scientific knowledge. The success of STEM Fun Day shows KTL students’ ability to apply and explain scientific theories.
- The Mathematics Department has cooperated with the Education Bureau for many years to jointly develop a number of “Seed” programs in different fields, and is committed to adding experiential learning courses that are closely related to life in the secondary school curriculum, such as calculating the best angle for girls’ “selfie”, ” Whoever freezes to death first “and so on.
- Mathematics teachers are often invited by different groups as guest speakers to disseminate the teaching achievements of the “Seed” project.
The ICT Department collaborates with Sense Time to promote artificial intelligence teaching. It uses the teaching platforms, courses and teaching materials written by Sense Time.
Our school has become a partner school of the project. After the training of ICT teachers, students of S2 and S3 will be selected to join the pilot programme at the City University of Hong Kong for further training.
- The Science Department participates in the school-based support program of the Education Bureau, regularly communicates with co-workers of the Education Bureau and affiliated schools, and jointly organize an inquiry-based “Chocolate Factory” course.
- Through the discussion of lesson plans, class observation, and post-lesson conferences, teachers collaborate to improve students’ level of thinking and their abilities to apply knowledge of different disciplines of STEM-related subjects.
- In order to support the development of the KTL Scientific Research Team, our Chemistry Department and the Department of Chemistry of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology provide valuable advice for our school-based research.
- Students have the opportunity to share their research work in Professor Lin Zhenyang’s laboratory.
- The Biology Department invited Mr To Yiu Kwan, the former principal of True Light Girls’ College and the writer of the best-seller Biology textbooks to teach students the effective ways of studying the subject.