The Open Day which revolved around the theme "A Crystal Future" organised by the Faculty of Science was held today (3 July). Around 1,300 participants including students from primary and secondary schools and the general public attended the event. A Crystal Growing Competition was organised for the first time, enabling teams of secondary school students to grow their own crystals and explore the splendid science behind crystals and its application. Twenty-three secondary school teams took part in the competition. The championship went to Wai Kiu College, the first runner-up was St Paul’s Secondary School and the second runner-up was Shatin Pui Ying College.
In addition, Mr Vincent Chu, Senior Manager, Cree Hong Kong Ltd, was invited to share on the topic "LED Lighting Application and Market Development". Three HKBU scholars, Professor Chan Wing-hong, Department of Chemistry, Dr Jack Ng, Department of Physics, and Dr Edmond Ma, Department of Chemistry, spoke on the topics "Seeing the Beauty of the Microscopic World through Crystallography", "The Control of Light by Photonic Crystal" and "Computer-Aided Structure-Based Drug Discovery" respectively.
The Open Day was part of the Science Festival 2014. Activities included talks, games and exhibitions, workshops, laboratory tours and low-carbon campus tours.