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Education Bureau Seminar Explores GIS

for STEAM Learning


Hong Kong is at the forefront of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) education to nurture innovative talent. The Education Bureau (EDB) has been actively incorporating STEAM elements into the curriculum. The Education Bureau organized a seminar with the theme “Smart City 5.0 Series” in order to explore the integration of GIS as a technology for multidisciplinary learning. 


Dr. Winnie Tang, MH, JP, Founder & Honorary President of Smart City Consortium (SCC) and Founder of GIS Academy was invited by the EDB to share insights in the seminar on the topic of “Smart City 5.0 Series: Introduction to smart city 5.0 and Multi-subjects Sharing for Smart Teaching & Smart Learning” at the EDB Kowloon Tong Education Services Center. The seminar aimed to foster the exchange of innovative ideas and practices in utilizing GIS and ArcGIS StoryMaps for STEAM education. 


Dr. Winnie Tang, Founder & Honorary President of Smart City Consortium (SCC) and Founder of GIS Academy, explained the adoption and applications of GIS for smart city development to the audience. 


The STEAM education seminar featured  award-winning students who came to share their multi-disciplinary learning experiences through the use of ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS StoryMaps with open data from the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) Portal. They were the winners of the "Tell the Good Story of Hong Kong Award" and the distinctive subject awardees in the “STEAM Cup - Multi-Subjects ArcGIS StoryMaps Application Competition”. By showcasing the applications of GIS in non-geography subjects such as Chinese, Life and Society, and Religion Studies, the winners demystified the flexibilities of ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS StoryMaps in multi-subject learning for the 50 professional teachers. 


To empower primary and secondary school teachers and students with the capabilities of applying GIS in the classroom, Dr. Winnie Tang launched the Map in Learning (MiL) Program in 2015 by offering complementary ArcGIS Online school-based licenses. In the seminar, Dr. Tang shared the growth of the MiL program – more than 260 schools and NGOs have joined MiL, and 5500 training hours have been given to the participants. By founding the GIS Academy in 2022, Dr. Tang wishes to enhance young people's analytical capabilities and problem-solving skills so that they can initiate innovative and practical solutions for smart city development. Teachers and students who have joined our MiL program are eligible to become members of the GIS Academy


Two students gave a presentation on the topic of “A Revisit - Tribute to Yueyang Tower”. They created a geographic visualization of classic prose in the Chinese Language subject using ArcGIS StoryMaps. 


Dr. Winnie Tang (second row, first of the right) gave thanks to the winning teams of the “STEAM Cup - Multi-Subjects ArcGIS StoryMaps Application Competition”.