15 Aug 2023
As the Tuen Mun South Extension (TME) project is moving into the construction stage, maintaining close communication with the local community is one of the important initiatives when the MTR Corporation embarks on the railway project. This summer, the project team rolled out brand new STEAM and Little Engineers workshops to enrich students’ understanding of the relationship between urban planning and railway development, allowing them to learn more about new railway projects in a lively and interesting manner.
Learning Railway Planning through “Go Green! Mini Train STEAM Workshop”
At the new series of STEAM “Padlet Design Workshops” launched this summer, the MTR team introduced to students about the factors determining stations’ location, such as serving the population and the surrounding environment, as well as stations’ sustainable architectural design. After learning the principles, the students were invited to unleash their imagination to create new railways with the Padlet, an online interactive map platform. Further demonstration of students’ artistic potential could be seen in turning recycled beverage carton boxes into a magnetic train model, adding so much fun to the learning experience. The workshops are new initiatives rolled out under the New Railway Projects Youth Ambassadors Programme in collaboration with the Lingnan University, in addition to school talks at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in the district.
Little Engineers Workshop
Moreover, around 40 students from schools near the TME alignment, including YCH Law Chan Chor Si Primary School, Taoist Ching Chung Primary School and Taoist Ching Chung Primary School (Wu King Estate) were invited to a Little Engineers Workshop organised by JCI Bauhinia. At the workshop, one of the speakers, Ms Sandra Tam, Senior Design Management Engineer – Civil, introduced the low-carbon design of the future Tuen Mun South Station and application of new technologies at the worksite.
Students demonstrated great interest in the smart helmets showcased at the workshop and were excited to try on the helmets for snapshots of the special moment. They also visited the Zero Carbon Park to furnish themselves with knowledge on the latest application of technologies in sustainable buildings and railway projects.
“Salute to engineers, they are guardians of the city.” Said students
Students appreciated the summer workshops which enabled them to understand the work of engineers from different perspectives, rectifying some of the misunderstanding and stereotyping of engineers. They expressed that they could not wait to become engineers and looked forward to taking part in building a greener city.