STEM in spotlight
The new STEM World zone will collaborate with 120 Hong Kong schools to exhibit their STEM teaching achievements, while 15 STEM teaching material publishers will promote the latest innovative education technologies, including an augmented reality (AR) human body structure, a solar system production kit and AIY (artificial intelligence yourself) technology – do-it-yourself artificial intelligence (AI) kits that are one of the biggest emerging trends in STEM education.The expo will also host an AI workshop at which experts will offer insights into the latest innovations and share tips on AI application.
In addition to the new STEM area, this year’s Sports and Leisure Expo will feature nine other themed zones: Japan Pavilion, Board Games, Fun & Play, Photography World, Outdoor Adventure, Sports Hub, Health & Fitness, Handicraft Market, and the new Taiwan Pavilion. Visitors can explore the zones that cater to their specific interests, with some exhibitors offering free demonstrations or trials.A strong line-up of exhibitors is expected in the Japan Pavilion. In addition to the Japan National Tourism Organisation and the KADOKAWA CORPORATION – one of Japan’s four largest publishers – 10 cities and prefectures will join the pavilion as exhibitors. Virtual reality tours of the 88 Japanese Anime Spots (2019 edition) will also be offered to help visitors appreciate some of the landmarks of Japan’s popular anime culture. Launched last year and hugely popular, the Board Games zone returns in 2019. Social enterprise People on Board will partner with the MTR Corporation to set up a gigantic board game. They will also launch electric MTR chess pieces that young players can drive on the board, helping to promote safety and courtesy on the train network.At the Sports Hub, the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey will set up a synthetic ice field where visitors can try out ice hockey and ice skating. Pfizer, meanwhile, will set up a mini soccer field to hold two-on-two matches for children and promote the benefits of sports and good health.
Free trials of innovative sports games
Star athletes share stories
The HKTDC has invited a number of Hong Kong’s star athletes to host sharing sessions during the expo. Among those talking about their athletic careers will be Hong Kong footballer Edmond Yapp; Wong Ho-chung, Hong Kong’s first “4 Deserts Race Series” Grand Slam Champion; and local figure skater Maisy Ma.
One ticket, two fairs
The 30th Hong Kong Book Fair [http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/en/index.html] will run concurrently with the Sports and Leisure Expo from 17 to 23 July at the HKCEC. The HKTDC will continue to implement a “one ticket, two fairs” arrangement to offer visitors a range of quality summertime activities that will help to cultivate a diverse interest in reading, sports, outdoor activities and handicrafts.
HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo