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The First Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition

14 Jan


As part of the First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019, Ocean Park Hong Kong has organised the first Ocean Park International Conservation STEAM Competition.

What is STEAM?:
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Ocean Park Hong Kong would like to invite you and your students to get inspired by taking part in their International STEAM Competition.

The competition aims to encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills in STEAM-related disciplines to solve real-life problems, especially using their creativity to propose innovative solutions for global environmental issues.

Eligibility:
1. Full time students reached 15 – 19 years of age on or before January 1, 2018;
2. Maximum 5 students for each team;
3. Maximum 2 teams for each school;
4. At least one supervising teacher for each school; and
5. Top 5 schools on each topic in the First Round Assessment will be selected to enter the Final Round Presentation

Competition Topics: The theme of the competition is “STEAM and Marine Conservation”, participants can select one of the below 3 topics to join the competition
STEAM action – Propose technology solutions to clean marine debris and conserve marine biodiversity.
STEAM promotion – Create art products to promote the reduction of marine debris or the conservation of biodiversity.
STEAM public awareness – Use technology (e.g. virtual reality) to raise the awareness of the general public to reduce marine debris and conserve biodiversity.

Competition Timeline:
Submission Deadline
February 15, 2019 (23:59 Hong Kong time)

Final Round Presentation
June 20, 2019

For more information, please follow this link

Application: To apply, please complete the form by following this link

About Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

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Clean Silverstrand Beach – 24 January

9 Jan

After Typhoon Mangkhut, many beaches in Hong Kong were left covered with marine refuse, polystyrene, and fallen trees which is likely to take months to recover.

HandsOn needs volunteers ages 15+ to them clean Silverstrand Beach. This unmaintained HK beach is still covered in marine refuse, polystyrene and fallen trees months after Typhoon Mangkhut.
Sign up if you can and spread the word!

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019

Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Place: Silverstrand Beach, address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link.

About HandsOn: Founded in 2007, the HandsOn Hong Kong mission remains to mobilize and empower the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

Their vision is for a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

In 2017 alone, HandsOn Hong Kong organized over 1,400 volunteer activities, serving more than 46,000 beneficiaries, including disadvantaged children and youth, isolated elderly, ethnic minority students, under-resourced families, refugees and people with disabilities. Join HandsOn Hong Kong in their mission to serve Hong Kong’s community together!

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup Dive Program – RECRUITING DIVERS

9 Aug

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup Dive Program – Eco Marine Team Diving Day – RECRUITING DIVERS (INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS)

Eco Marine has received many requests from individuals that are not part of a diving group and smaller dive groups thats are too small to form a 10 person team to join their adventure cleanup dive program. That’s why Eco Marine has put together the Eco Marine Team Diving Day and are now inviting you to join their dive on 1 September! Eco Marine recommends this for individuals with minimum PADI AOW or equivalent dive qualification and with previous dive experience in Hong Kong waters. To register, please sign up on the google form link below.

Dive 1: Nature Appreciation Dive
The dive club will work together with all of its participating divers to conduct a simple ecological survey of the dive site, with the objective to create a dive site drawing/artwork and photo album showing the following:
* Site location
* Approximate depths
* Ecosystem – coral reef, rocky reef, mangroves, sand
* Dominant substrates – sand, coral, seagrass, rock, etc.
* Species encountered
Participants will use their skills and creativity to complete the above. The end product can be scientific, accurate, exaggerated, to scale, not to scale, artistic, creative, or some or all of the above. The objective is not to make a scientifically accurate map but for participants to notice and appreciate the ecological diversity and value of the dive site and to create something that is informative, fun, creative and unique to share with others.

Dive 2: Rubbish Challenge
Dive teams will work together to perform a cleanup dive. Participants should follow the cleanup protocol as briefed by their dive leader (dive leaders will attend a training/Q&A session with Eco Marine). The cleanup protocol will follow a simplified version of the Project Aware Dive Against Debris Protocol. This activity can serve as a good introduction to divers that may be interested to take the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty Course in the future. Participants will weigh the trash collected and take note and photograph:
* Most common type of rubbish found
* Most interesting item of rubbish and why
* Most dangerous item of rubbish and why

Tackle and Source Solution:
What can the dive club do to tackle the marine waste and pollution at source? Agree with the team on what this is and incorporate into your dive team protocol/routine.
Artwork, photographs and cleanup report will be provided to Eco Marine for sharing by 7 October 2018. Eco Marine will host a casual happy hour and sharing session for participants in mid October where prizes will be awarded for:
* Best Dive Site Artwork
* Most Rubbish Collected (by weight)
* Best Photo related to Rubbish Challenge Dive
* Best Photo related to Nature Appreciation Dive
* Best Tackle at Source Solution

Date: Saturday, 1 September 2018

Time: 8:45am in Sai Kung Old Pier, return to pier at 5pm

Price:
Boat Fee for the day: $280 (Cost after subsidy by Ecomarine)
Rent BCD: $50 pcs
Rent Reg: $50 pcs
Rent full gear: $150 set (incl. Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wetsuit, BCD and Regulator)

Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/ZUQ6WpVb1RuiULOm1

Payment Method: Pay via bank transfer or EPS to Eco Marine: Hang Seng Bank 390-435030-883. Please upload payment slip in google form. Eco Marine will send you a confirmation email once your place is confirmed.

*Lunch is not provided. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch and eco-friendly utensils. No single use plastics.

For more information about the event, please visit Eco Marine’s Facebook page

About Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup : The Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup event series engages with different sports communities to tackle marine pollution. Each adventure cleanup event combines a healthy and fun sports adventure, an ecological activity or challenge, and a coastline or in water cleanup. Eco Marine aim is to engage sports communities in the conversation to tackle waste and challenge them to identify any opportunities in their sport to tackle the waste problem at source.

Plastic Free Seas Lecture

15 Jul


The Australian Association are pleased to host a presentation by Plastic Free Seas a charity registered in Hong Kong since 2013. The main focus of the charity is awareness, education and local action on the global issue of plastic marine pollution. The talk will be by Tracey Read founder of the charity, she will tell you all about the problems of plastic marine pollution and focus on ways we can change our personal plastic consumption behavior.

Reception 9:30am, presentation starts 10:00am. Includes a coffee or tea

Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Time: 9:30 – 11:30am

Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central

Price: $250 (Australian Association members), $350 (non members)

About Australian Association: The Australian Association of Hong Kong was established to encourage fellowship amongst Hong Kong based Australians, people with an interest in Australia and to create opportunities for the Australian community and their friends to get the most out of Hong Kong.

About Plastic Free Seas: Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based environmental charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.