Aerospace Summer Camp
The Stanley Ho Aeronautical Foundation’s Aerospace Summer Camp is an annual educational event which give students from all over Asia a first-hand experience of China's evolving aerospace technology. This year’s camp was held from 19 to 25 July 2015 in Beijing, China, and saw the participation of youth from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.
Under the guidance of Mr Chan Chin Choon Vincent and Mrs Kuek-Neo Yng Yng, a group of MI students was privileged to participate in this year’s camp. Our chief aim was to learn as much as we could about the aerospace technology and industry. By participating in the interactive learning activities and going on excursions to the many science centres located in Beijing, we were given a basic grounding in the tenets of astronautics and aerospace technology. This definitely helped to expand our knowledge and understanding of the growing field of aerospace engineering, which is applicable to a diverse range of fields, such as aviation and defence systems.
We also had the opportunity for plenty of interaction with the participants from other countries, who turned out to be really friendly, even preparing hand-written name cards for us. Their enthusiasm helped our group to bond with them from the start, which encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones, touring the local tourist attractions with them instead of just staying with familiar faces from MI. We were thus not only exposed to the grandeur of the Chinese culture and the beautiful scenery, as we visited sites like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, but also the warmth of our new friends, who showed us much care and concern even though we had only just met. Our interactions with them gave us a deeper understanding of their lifestyles back in their home countries. This allowed us all to return home with both new-found aerospace knowledge and friends.