EPGL (Summer 2018): Course List

 

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Computer Science

D001
Programming Fun with mBot x Scratch
Description:
This course hopes to inspire technology-savvy primary school students to go beyond mobile and computer gaming, and move to create their own programs to control robot.
Scratch is a programming language developed by MIT Media Lab. By representing programs' building blocks with color-coded blocks, Scratch “lowers the bar” to programming, allowing you to focus on problems rather than syntax. With drag-n-drop, you can easily create projects with audio and video effects, and share your creations with others. mBot is a do-it-yourself educational robot kit created by robotics experts at Makeblock. Students need to build their own robot from around 40 pieces in the box in a nutshell. Makeblock has built their own Scratch-based programming interface called mBlock. Ultimately, once you put everything together, mBot can move around and avoid obstacles on its own, follow a line on the ground, etc. For children, especially, it can be a surreal experience: actually building something out of tiny parts and seeing it come to “life”. And there's no limit to what you can do - add more parts, add another robot to play games or program your own actions.
Basic programming concepts, e.g. variables, arrays, controls, loops, data abstraction and objects, are infused into the course too. These are universal principles for any modern programming language, and will be beneficial if you want to go further in coding.
Instructor:
Dr. Cindy Li──Dr. Li is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST. She is a dedicated educator and has extensive experiences in fundamental computer science subject. The Scratch course (first offered in Summer 2016) was very well received by students. Dr. Li uses fun, inspiring examples and interactivity to promote creativity in her classes.
Date & Time:
Jul 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 & 25, 2018 (Sat, Mon, Wed, Fri & Mon, Wed)
10:00am – 12:30pm
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English
Requirements:
P.4 – P.6 students who are interested in Computer Science and programming
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed a final project will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
* Each student is required to bring their own Makeblock mBot (Bluetooth or 2.4G), or purchase through the instructor at cost around HKD700. Please contact our center for further details.

 

Mathematics

M106
Blended Learning in Mathematics
Description:
In this course, we will introduce various important concepts in mathematics through a combination of classroom teaching and interactive online learning so as to enhance students’ appreciation of the beauty of mathematics. Topics covered include numeral system; length, area and volume; counting and probability; elementary concepts in graph theory.
Instructor:
Dr. Ku Yin Bon──Dr. Ku is currently working as a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, HKUST. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics at UCLA in the United States before joining HKUST. He has a keen interest in education technology and digital learning - he helped the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) develop various online mathematics courses for secondary school students. He also has extensive experience in using a variety of education technology to enhance students' learning in his undergraduate mathematics courses.
Date & Time:
Lectures: Jul 7 & Oct 6, 2018 (Sat) │ 10:00am – 12:00nn │
Online learning: Jul 7 to Nov 3, 2018
Language:
Cantonese (lecture notes in Chinese)
Requirements:
P.4-P.6 students who are interested in mathematics
Award:
Students who have completed online activities and assessment with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 1,200
Sample:
1. Computer Languages: Hex (avaliable in Chinese only)
2. Archimedes Tombstone (avaliable in Chinese only)
3. Triangular Pyramid (avaliable in Chinese only)

 

 

 

Secondary Section

 

Astronomy

A001
Discovering the Cosmos: Summer Spacecraft
Description:
In this course, we will study celestial objects - from our local night sky, to our solar system, milky way and the observable universe. Along the way, we will learn about instruments that astronomers use to gather data. We will also make our own little equipment such as telescope to understand their working mechanism and operation. The course will include a STARLAB session which is an inflatable planetarium, and a practical session at HKFYG Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp after students have learned to assemble an astronomical telescope. Students will also make a telescope for their own.
Instructor:
Mr. Savio Fong [Course Developer and Consultant]──Founder and the Astronomy Instructor of Galaxy Scientific Group. The organization has provided technical and educational services for local schools and institutions. He has conducted astronomy programs for the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE), and has a rich expertise in astronomy equipment and observatory construction around Asia such as Tibet, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.
Mr. Law Siu Shan──Mr. Law studied astrophysics in Leicester, UK and got his master degree before pursuing his doctoral research in Bremen, Germany. His research mainly covered the theory of black holes and extreme stars, such as neutron stars and white dwarves. He has also worked as a junior lecturer at the university during his Ph.D. study, teaching introductory astrophysics and computational simulations. He was also the founding assistant curator of the Ma Wan Solar Tower and has worked for popular astronomy for 3 years.
Ms. Libby Wong──Ms. Wong has over 10 years’ experience in teaching elementary astronomy courses. Clients include different elementary schools and organizations.
Date & Time:
Jul 20, 27 & Aug 3, 2018 (Fri)
2:30pm – 5:30pm & 6:30pm – 9:30pm
*There will be two field trips at two of the evening sessions (details will be explained during lessons, and the arrangements are subject to change depending on weather condition). Shuttle bus will be arranged between HKUST and the activity venues, and students will gather and dismiss at HKUST.
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English
Requirements:
Students who have an interest in Astronomy
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,800 (materials & field trip costs included)
Sample:
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Life Science

B103
Plants, Fungi and Insects 
Description:
Living creatures are ubiquitous on planet earth. Various kinds of organisms are basic resources for mankind, and are used for food, medicines, building materials, land protection and ornamentals. The threats of global warming in recent years alert everyone to protect our natural environments. It is our fundamental responsibilities to know more about plants, fungi, insects, and protect these organisms.
This course will introduce some interesting aspects of plants, fungi, and insects, including their species diversity, classification, structures and functions, their ecological roles, and interactions within the ecosystems - including their relationships with mankind. Students will explore more on the topics through a series of instructional activities such as lectures and field trip. Ultimately, students should develop a sense of respect to and appreciation for the mother nature.
Instructor:
Dr. T. K. Goh──Dr. Goh obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Georgia in the U.S. in the field of plant pathology. He has been a teacher and research scientist at various universities of Hong Kong and Malaysia for more than 20 years. He has worked on fungi and published more than 100 research papers in the field of mycology and plant pathology. Dr. Goh has taught various subjects related to plants, fungi, plant diseases and insect pests, and his method of teaching has been well received by students.
Date & Time:
Lectures: Jul 30, 31 & Aug 1, 2, 3, 2018 (Mon - Fri) │ 2:00pm – 5:00pm │
Field Trip: Aug 4, 2018 (Sat) │ 9:00am – 3:00pm │
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Proactive learners who love nature with general concepts in biology
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,800

B806
Medical Genetics
Description:
Why do we look alike/ different? Will I get the same diseases as my parents and siblings? How do medical laboratories diagnose genetic diseases? What does a genetic counsellor do?
This course aims to answer not just these fascinating questions but also discuss interesting concepts, case studies and tests for diagnosing genetic disorders and inheritable diseases. Through group discussion, role play and oral presentation, students will be able to expand their knowledge in medical genetics and improve their critical thinking, scientific enquiry and communication skills.
Instructor:
Dr. Lee Siu Po──Dr. Lee graduated from Oxford University in Biochemistry before completing her Ph.D. in cancer genetics at the University of Hong Kong with the Li Ka Shing Prize for her outstanding thesis and two publications in Nature Genetics. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in science education and enjoys teaching science while participating actively in various science engagement activities in Hong Kong. She started teaching for the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST, since 2015. Dr. Lee likes to bring the latest news into lessons so that students can understand the applications of science in their everyday lives. Following the Oxbridge tutorial style, she likes to act as a facilitator and encourage students to learn together. She believes that education should be lifelong and hopes to inspire her students to become healthy and independent individuals. She is currently working as an education consultant in Hong Kong.
Date & Time:
Aug 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2018 (Sat)
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Language:
English
Requirements:
S.3 - S.4 students with basic knowledge in genetics, DNA and molecular biology
Award:
Students with 100% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 2,600
Sample:
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B807
From Genes to Behaviors
Description:
Long before the era of molecular biology and human genome project, people have often questioned: What makes up animal and human behaviors? And how true is the saying “like father, like son”? According to Mendelian genetics, simple inheritance like eye colors and blood groups are passed from parents to progeny. Then how much do genes influence basic behaviors like foraging and sophisticated behaviors such as social interaction and intelligence? This course aims to provide an introduction to the elements surrounding the subject of behavioral genetics and how they interact with each other. Students will learn about the basics of genetics, various animal models, classic and modern human studies, e.g. twin studies and genomic screening that have been applied to reveal genes that associate with interesting behaviors, such as the “anxiety gene” and the “happy gene”. In-class interactive activities not only will facilitate a better understanding of the principles and methods behind behavioral genetics, they will also help students develop their critical thinking and presentation skills.
Instructor:
Dr. Amy Kwok──Dr. Kwok obtained her Ph.D. majoring in molecular biology and endocrinology in the University of Hong Kong. She is experienced in teaching and mentoring young students in undergraduate courses and summer internship programs. She has a keen interest in applying interactive in-class activities such as discussion and scenario-based problem-solving exercises to improve students' initiative and understanding of the subjects.
Date & Time:
Jul 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018 (Sat)
10:00am – 1:00pm
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
S.3 students or above who are interested in research on genes and biology and how they impact our lives
Award:
Students with 75% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 2,600
Sample:
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B808
Look Inside Our Body - Animal Physiology 
Description:
In this course, we will use a comparative approach to examine the physiology of selected animal systems (such as the circulatory, nervous and sensory systems) with an emphasis on vertebrates. We will also examine how physiological systems are integrated and thus allow animals to respond in different environments. Moreover, dissection demonstrations will be conducted by the instructor, through which students can observe the structures and feel the textures of various organs, including frog heart, pig lungs and ox eyes.
Instructor:
Dr. Philip Lam──Dr. Lam received his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Southern California, USA. He is currently a lecturer at the Division of Life Science, HKUST. He has years of substantial teaching experience. He is familiar with various new pedagogical strategies such as e-learning and blended learning. He believes that it is utmost important to provide students a learning environment that nurtures critical thinking.
Dr. Melody Leung──Dr. Leung is a lecturer at the Division of Life Science, HKUST. She has many years' experience working with gifted learners. She adopts student-centered enquiry-based teaching approach to inspire students to learn for themselves.
Date & Time:
Aug 8, 10, 13, 15 & 17, 2018 (Wed, Fri & Mon, Wed, Fri)
10:00am – 1:00pm
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Students who have a genuine interest in animal biology
Award:
Students with 80% attendance will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,200
Sample:
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Chemistry

C102
Molecular Science in Personal Care Products
Description:
Proper use of personal care products (including skin-care products, sunscreen/ sunblock products, deodorants, hair-care products, etc.) translates to an art of enhancing physical beauty and personal attractiveness. But what is a chemist’s viewpoint - a molecular approach? For example, the texture, whitening effect and anti-oxidizing functions of a skin-care product are the results of structural differences in the molecules which are invisible to the naked eyes. Indeed, abundance of knowledge lies behind common personal care products that we encounter in our everyday life. By understanding the science behind the products, we could stay clear-headed in judging what the TV commercials and advertisements are trying to instill in us every day. For example, does the foam hair dye work better than the traditional ones? Can some specific hair treatment products really prevent frizzy hair?
In this course, students will not only learn the chemistry involved in these products and work on a presentation focusing on a topic of their interest, they will also carry out a hands-on experiment using a modern chemical instrument for quantitative analysis of a personal care product.
Instructor:
Dr. Enrique Kwan──Dr. Kwan is a Laboratory Instructor at the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. Dr. Kwan was recruited by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore after pursuing his doctorate degree, and worked in several top-ranked universities in Japan. He establishes his expertise in the field of synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry of metal complexes, and their applications in the industrial processes. He has authored and co-authored a list of publications in the field’s leading peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Joanne Tung──Dr. Tung is a Laboratory Instructor at the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. She specialises in the disciplines of analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis, and has wide experience of teaching gifted students, e.g. programs offered by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST and the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE). She has also been teaching relevant courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the department.
Date & Time:
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 & Aug 4, 11, 2018 (Sat)
10:00am – 1:00pm
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
Basic knowledge on atomic structure and periodic table; Ionic and covalent bonding; Mole concept; Octet rule; Basic concepts in VSEPR
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,600 (lab consumables included)
Sample:
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C104
Exploring Magic Bullets in Chinese Herbs – Chemistry of Traditional
                        Chinese Medicine
Description:
The popularity for consuming botanicals and herbal medicines is rapidly growing. But how do scientists search for the “magic bullets” in herbs and what are the active principles that can cure diseases by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?
In this course, we will use a chemist’s viewpoint - a molecular approach - to explore the miraculous components in Chinese medicinal herbs. Students will explore the chemical components of TCM and have a basic understanding on the organic chemistry of these components. Activities include lectures, live demonstrations and group discussion/ presentation. Moreover, there will be a lab session in which students will have hands-on experiments exploring the extraction, isolation and characterization of the active component(s) in Chinese medicinal herbs.
Instructor:
Dr. Dennis Chan──Dr. Chan is the Assistant Project Manager in the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. He specializes in organic synthesis of compounds with pharmaceutical potential and application of organometallic reagents in chemical synthesis. He currently teaches a University Common Core course (in science and technology area) and practical chemistry courses in the Department of Chemistry covering various areas of chemistry realm – including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biomolecular chemistry, material chemistry and pure chemistry. He also supervises final year undergraduate students in completing their capstone projects. He has extensive experience in teaching gifted students and has been teaching a variety of courses offered by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented since 2007.
Dr. Fion Yeong──Dr. Yeong is a Laboratory Instructor at the Department of Chemistry, HKUST. She specializes in the disciplines of solid state chemistry and chemical crystallography and teaches relevant laboratory courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the department. She also has wide experience in teaching gifted students and has been teaching a variety of courses offered by the Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, HKUST.
Date & Time:
Jul 14, 17, 19, 21, 24 & 26, 2018 (Sat & Tue, Thu, Sat & Tue, Thu)
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Language:
Cantonese supplemented with English (lecture notes in Chinese)
Requirements:
Students who have an interest in chemistry of Chinese herbal medicine
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,600 (lab consumables included)

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Computere Science

D002
Python for Everyone
Description:
The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. Coding allows you to use computer as a tool to express yourself and realize your creative ideas.
This course is a programming course for everyone with popular Python programming language. No pre-requisite knowledge in programming is needed. The course introduces programming fundamentals, such as variable and expression, program control flow with branch and loop, function, recursion, character, file and lists. Via lectures and hands-on programming exercises, you will be able to write simple Python programs to solve practical problems. Learning to program is ultimately about learning to think logically and to approach problems methodically. Such abilities can be carried ahead and prepare you for any advanced programming courses in the future.
Instructor:
Dr. Cindy Li──Dr. Li is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST. She is a dedicated educator and has extensive experiences in fundamental computer science subject. Dr. Li uses fun, inspiring examples and interactivity to promote creativity in her classes.
Date & Time:
Jul 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 & 25, 2018 (Sat, Mon, Wed, Fri & Mon, Wed)
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Language:
English
Requirements:
Students with basic computer skills and interested in Computer Science and programming
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed a final project will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,000

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Physics & Engineering

E101
Young Electronics Engineer
Description:
This course aims at providing students a learning opportunity for university level courses on electronics engineering through the teaching of reverse thinking skills. Different from conventional teaching which normally starts from theory, in this course, we start from an engineering design problem. Students will be led to the solution and understand the theories behind the solution during this experiential learning process. Specifically, students will have the chance to construct various electronic gadgets (e.g. electronic calculator, electric piano, etc.) using common electronic components available in market (e.g. integrated circuit, LED and infrared receiver, etc.). Ultimately, the course will stimulate their interests in electronics engineering.
Instructor:
Prof. Song Shenghui──Prof. Song is now an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at HKUST. His research is primarily in the areas of wireless communications and robotics. He is also interested in the research on Engineering Education and is now serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education. He has won several teaching awards at HKUST, including the Best Ten Lecturers, the School of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award, and the “Teachers I Like” Award.
Prof. Chan Mansun── Prof. Chan received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and he is currently a Professor at HKUST. He has always devoted his effort into developing education programs to inspire the young generation in innovative and high level thinking. He is a Fellow, Distinguished Lecturer and has served as the Chair of the Education Committee of IEEE Electron Devices Society.
Date & Time:
Jul 30, 31 & Aug 1, 2, 2018 (Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu)
10:00am – 12:30pm
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese
Requirements:
Students who are interested in electronics and have good attention skills
Award:
Students with 75% attendance will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 2,600 (materials included)
Sample:
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E102
Exploration of Engineering
Description:
Engineering plays an important role in the 21st century. It can be divided into different branches, each of which is closely related to our daily life. For instance, development of the communication system in the field of electronic engineering has led to applications such as the Internet, WiFi and cellular networks which connect people around the world; Embedded systems engineering brings a lot of electronic devices/ gadgets like electronic toothbrushes, wearable devices (e.g. smart watches), and thus convenience to our lives; Materials engineering has great influence on our daily living, from the development of construction materials of our homes, to the application of nano-particles in sunscreen products which protect us from UV lights.
This course aims at introducing to students these three very important branches of engineering through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on sessions. Firstly, it will discuss the fundamental principles and applications of the wireless communications and mobile cellular networks. Then students will learn how embedded systems integrate various types of software and hardware modules to accomplish specific tasks. Lastly, the course will talk about the fundamental correlations among processing, structures, properties, and performances of common engineering materials. Students will have a learning journey of materials technology from historical perspective as early as prehistoric stone age to as modern as 3-D printing technology. Apart from basic knowledge, the course instructors will also share authentic engineering experiences and hope to inspire students to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind.
Instructor:
Prof. Vincent Lau──Prof. Lau is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, HKUST. He obtained the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship, Rotaract Scholarship and the Croucher Foundation Scholarship in 1995 for Ph.D. study at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1997 and worked as a Research Scientist at Bell Labs after that. He joined HKUST in August 2004. He is a Fellow of IEEE and HKIE, Croucher Senior Research Fellow, Changjiang Chair Professor and Qiushi Chair Professor. His research interests include wireless communications, signal processing and multi-antenna technologies.
Prof. Kam-tim Woo──Prof. Woo is currently an Associate Professor in Engineering Education in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, HKUST. Prof. Woo has been very actively involved in teaching innovation and developing enrichment programs for UG engineering students, and in liaising with professional associations and community organizations. He is also appointed as the supervisor of HKUST Robotics Team since September 2010. He has received three teaching awards, including the University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award 2015, the Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching 2015, and the School of Engineering’s Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award 2009 – 2010. His current research areas include engineering education, robotics, signal processing and tracking systems.
Prof. Tao Hong── Prof. Tao is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. She is currently teaching undergraduate courses “Engineering Materials I & II”, which have been greatly enriched by her more than 10 years’ experiences in both research and market-driven R&D services to multiple industries through governmental and industrial funded projects.
Date & Time:
Jul 7, 14, 28 & Aug 4, 11, 2018 (Sat) │ 10:00am – 1:00pm │
Jul 26, 2018 (Thu) │ 2:00pm – 5:00pm │
Language:
English supplemented with Cantonese (lecture notes in English)
Requirements:
S4 students or above with exposure to vectors. Basic understanding of calculus would be preferred (but not essential)
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,300

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M801
Mathematical Thinking and Problem Solving
Description:
This course aims to introduce some mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills; common heuristics such as looking for pattern, analytic and synthetic reasoning, method of substitution, proof by contradiction and mathematical induction are included. Students are expected to understand, master and be able to apply them. Students will be guided to exercise deep learning method to enhance their mastery of mathematical thinking.。
Instructor:
Mr. Leung Chit Wan──Mr. Leung is an experienced educational practitioner (mathematics and gifted education). He has worked as the Vice-Chair and is now the Secretary of International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee and a former veteran member of Chinese Mathematical Society Olympiad Committee. He is also the founder of China Western Mathematical Olympiad and China Girls' Mathematical Olympiad. He has also served as the Chief School Support Officer and Assessment Consultant for the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence with the Education Bureau of Hong Kong.
Mr. Cheng Wei Min──Mr. Cheng, vice-principal of a secondary school, is an experienced mathematics teacher. He is currently a Senior Trainer/ Coach for Mathematical Olympiad.
Date & Time:
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 & Aug 4, 11, 2018 (Sat)
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Language:
Cantonese
Requirements:
Students who are interested in problem-solving; prerequisite knowledge includes congruent and similar triangles, properties of circle, factorization, operation with roots and surds, quadratic equation and function, simple trigonometric functions, and simple number theory (odd, even, and divisibility)
Award:
Students with 80% attendance who have completed all assessment activities with passing grade will be issued a certificate
Course Fee:
HKD 3,000
Sample:
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***In case of cancellation of class(es) due to adverse weather conditions (a) make-up class(es) will be provided. Please check here for the tentative make-up lesson dates. Details will be announced later.