Saturday Afternoon Experiences: On-campus Workshops & Off-campus Excursions

Each student can select ONE of the following experiences for the Saturday afternoon of the conference. Please be sure to read these before departure so you can prioritise your top FIVE choices in order to make sign up easier when you arrive.

Off-campus Excursions:
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark
During this excursion you will visit the High Island Geo Trail, at the High Island Reservoir east dam. It presents enchanting views of the lake and rolling peaks, with magnificent giant columnar rocks dominating the landscape. This is the best location to observe Hong Kong’s world class hexagonal rock columns at close range. This site also features other interesting geological structures and features like faults, distorted columns and an intrusive dyke. The trail is an easy level walk, suitable for all types of visitors, with interpretation signs and basic countryside facilities. (Maximum 23 participants)

Mai Po Nature Reserve (Dr. Martin Williams)
During this excursion you will visit the world-renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve with Dr. Martin Williams as your guide. Dr. Williams, a Hong Kong-based writer specialising in conservation and the environment, will teach you about the benefits and challenges of wetland conservation and help you spot endangered bird species. This special trip will be limited to 15 participants, so if you’re interested in finding out more please have a look at this article and this video.

WWF Marine Conservation Centre
During this excursion you will visit WWF’s Hoi Ha Wan Marine Conservation Centre and participate in the Marine Ranger Programme especially designed for secondary school students. By conducting a field visit on the beach, a marine litter survey and coastal cleanup activities, you will understand the global problem of marine litter. This programme also includes a glass-bottomed boat trip for coal observation. (Maximum 25 participants)

During this excursion you will visit the e-Farm inside Pat Sin Leng Country Park and participate in a guided tour of the farm, a hands-on farming experience, and a tie-dye workshop. Through these activities, you will gain a basic understanding of food production, meet our farmers, see our gardens, learn about how we grow healthy vegetables, and raise happy fish and cute black soldier flies. You will learn more about the food chain and the ecosystem, and how we can protect our environment through farming and food recycling. (Maximum 25 participants)

On-campus Workshops:
Are You Washing Your Face With Plastic? 
8 million tonnes of plastic rubbish enters our global oceans every year.  Much of this is from food and drink packaging and is obvious in the sea water as it floats from land out to the ocean. A lot of plastic though is almost invisible!  Where does it come from and what problem does this cause?

In this workshop we will extract tiny plastic microbeads from commonly used face and body scrubs and compare using digital microscopes the size of the plastic to the plankton at the base of the food chain.  We will look at alternatives and solutions for the global plastic marine pollution problems with respect to the tiny microplastics.
 We will also take this opportunity to answer these questions:
  • How can we raise awareness in the community?
  • How do we get companies to manufacture their product without plastic microbeads?
  • How do we get the Hong Kong government to commit to action as other countries have?
The expected outcomes from the workshop are that students will have learnt about the plastic microbeads issue and will take action by producing either a poster, digital piece, artwork, social media, letter or a combination for Plastic Free Seas to use in the campaign against microbeads in Hong Kong.

Plant Power 
Come learn about the amazing power of plants. Have you considered how plants feed us, house us, cloth us, doctor us and more? We will then focus on the process of distillation and how plants improve our immunity through essential oils. We will investigate the power of aroma and how it provides therapy. We will also get physically involved by making our own products using natural ingredients as well as essential oils. You get to go home with your very own handmade products and you will not believe how easy they are to make.

Art as Social Action
by Robin Muller
Do you think that artists can make changes in society? 
What forms of visual communication are powerful enough to make people notice and think?

In this workshop we will look at how contemporary artists, like UK street artist Banksy and Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei, use art to make social commentary about global issues. In this workshop we will look at examples of art that responds to global issues as well as create some of our own inspired by the work of Banksy.
Please bring your laptop.

by Christina Lewandowski & Nicola Dixon
This workshop will focus on upcycling - taking materials we would usually throw away and making them into something even better than their original form. We will be using chip bags and old magazines - two items which frequently end up in landfills - to create products such as card wallets, belts, pencil bags, and storage containers using a few simple tools. You will learn two techniques of folding - the basketweave and the chain weave - which can be used to make so many different end products. You will be provided with hands-on instructions in the workshop along with takeaway instructions to use in the future to create even more designs. Join us for this fun upcycling afternoon and learn how to change trash into treasures!

LEAD: Learn, Empower, Act, Do Good 
When we hear the word "leader", we often think of people like Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr. or the Pope. We call people "leaders" when they hold a position of power or when they are known to large numbers of people. But leadership is so much more than that, and comes in many shapes and forms. How can you practice self-leadership? How can you be a leader in your community? How can you develop the right skills and mindsets to be able to do both of these things effectively? Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop to begin preparing you to become a great leader!

Get INvolved in your local community! Planning your own Community Action Project
No matter where your talents, skills or interests lie you have something to contribute to making a difference in your community. Kenny will use his own Community Action Projects Rockin’ 4 the Environment, Green Riders, Green Paddlers, Buy A Book, Support A Village and At Om Community Co-Operative as concrete examples demonstrating how to plan an Action Project from conception to implementation so that you can contribute to a cause you feel passionate about.
The workshop will include:
  • How to choose a project
  • Tying your project to Global Issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Putting together your team
  • Planning & determining a time line
  •  Promoting your project
  • Getting sponsors & partners
  • Implementing your project
  • Reflecting on successes and failures

TEACHER WORKSHOP (All chaperones will take part in this workshop on Saturday afternoon)
Systems Thinking for Addressing Global Issues
What is the most challenging aspect of supporting youth to tackle global issues? Is it making sure they understand the complex causes and effects of people's action? Is it understanding how and why people disagree? Or perhaps it's about helping them to organize their thoughts and take sustainable, meaningful action.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore systems thinking tools that can help us as advisors and educators to make sense of complex global issues with our students. Through a mix of frameworks, activities and simulations, we'll help you feel confident to support students to understand global issues in a non-linear way.