Student-design ‘smart shopping cart’ triumphs at APIAS’ STEM competition for rural elders
Issue No. 115 Jun 2021
The Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) of LU recently organised a STEM-design competition for secondary school students to develop gerontechnology products tailor-made for rural elders to improve their quality of life. Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School students’ “smart shopping cart”, equipped with an infrared-based, automatic motion-tracking system that helps seniors transport a large amount of goods with less effort, won the Overall Championship Award and the Age-friendly Innovation Award.
A part of the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project: Rural Neighbourhood Development Project 2 funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust which aims to build an age-friendly community through activities and promotional works, APIAS’ STEM product design competition attracted 12 teams from seven secondary schools to join. All teams attended STEM preparation courses and visited rural elders to experience the difficulties they face in daily life.
During the competition, prototypes, mock-up models or project proposals submitted by the teams were assessed by a panel comprising members from the STEAM Education and Research Centre of LU, co-organisers and senior volunteers, to compete for seven awards.
For more details about the competition, please click here.