Impossible to Possible

Science Interactive Lectures

Tissue Engineering: Made-to-measure Organs

Imagine a time when scientists can grow any organ needed using cells in a petri dish, or even 3D print tissues in the laboratory. Well, this time could be closer than you think. New methods in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine have made ideas of the future a reality. In this lecture, Dr Helen Colley will explore the current status of tissue engineering and will describe how modern techniques in 3D bio-printing will enable us to create tissues that are made to measure.

Curriculum links:
Biology curriculum S4-6: Topic 13 Biotechnology (Elective Part)
Biology curriculum S4-6: Topic 9 Health and Diseases (Compulsory Part)

Date Time
9.3.2016 (Wed) 4:00pm – 5:15pm
10.3.2016 (Thu) 2:00pm – 3:15pm
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Dr. Helen Colley, University of Sheffield
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website https://tcs.edb.gov.hk/tcs/publicCalendar/start.htm. Teachers will receive supplementary materials
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of the seats for walk-ins
 

The Science of Superheroes

Superheroes capture the imagination of young people all over the world, with movies and comics known and loved by many. However, as science continues to advance, many of the abilities which we characterise as ‘superpowers’ are becoming closer to reality. This interactive lecture examines some of the most popular superheroes and demonstrates what we can learn from their fictional abilities. Covering a number of STEM topics designed for junior secondary and with audience participation from start to finish – students can expect a super science experience!

Curriculum links:
Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 4 Energy
Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 9 Space Travel
Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 11 Sensing the Environment
Science curriculum S1-3: Unit 15 Lights, Colours and Beyond

Date Time
13.3.2016 (Sun) 11:00am – 12:00 noon
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Dr. Christopher See, The University of Hong Kong
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S1-3), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website https://tcs.edb.gov.hk/tcs/publicCalendar/start.htm. Teachers will receive supplementary materials
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of the seats for walk-ins
 

The Dark Side of the Universe

Billions of years ago the Big Bang sent everything flying apart. In theory, gravity should stop galaxies from moving apart and matter should eventually re-collapse on itself. Surprisingly, we have learnt that galaxies are actually moving apart with ever-increasing speed. Nothing in our current knowledge of physics can explain this, but theorists are developing a solution: dark energy. Roughly 70% of our universe is comprised of dark energy and yet so little is known about it, but satellite and laboratory experiments are under way. Dr. Clare Burrage will describe what we currently know about the nature of dark energy, how it affects other matter in the universe and what plans we have for observing this mysterious force.

Curriculum link:
Physics curriculum S4-6: Topic 6 Astronomy and Space Science (Elective Part)

Date Time
14.3.2016 (Mon) 4:00pm – 5:15pm
15.3.2016 (Tue) 2:00pm – 3:15pm
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Dr. Clare Burrage, University of Nottingham
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website https://tcs.edb.gov.hk/tcs/publicCalendar/start.htm. Teachers will receive supplementary materials
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of the seats for walk-ins
 

The Power of the Sun

Solar power is a hugely important area of renewable energy technology research. Solar energy offers a low-carbon and sustainable route to meet the worldwide energy demands of the future as a serious way to tackle climate change. There are many ways to harvest the sun’s energy to power our homes, from solar thermal and photovoltaics (PV) to artificial photosynthesis to make solar fuel. Dr. Paul Coxon will explain how these work, bring you up to date on the latest ground-breaking developments in PV research, and describe how we are using the chemistry of materials to make photovoltaics cheaper, more efficient and more sustainable.

Curriculum link:
Biology curriculum S4-6: Topic 1 Cells and molecules of life (Compulsory Part)
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 8 Chemical reactions and energy (Compulsory Part)

Date Time
17.3.2016 (Thu) 4:00pm – 5:15pm
18.3.2016 (Fri) 2:00pm – 3:15pm
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Dr. Paul Coxon, University of Cambridge
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website https://tcs.edb.gov.hk/tcs/publicCalendar/start.htm. Teachers will receive supplementary materials
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of the seats for walk-ins