Turning Ideas into Educational Toys

Engineering students demonstrated their award-winning ingenuity in the finals of the Science Toy Design Competition, which calls for knowledge learned in class to be applied to the creation of an educational toy. The contest, organized by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management and sponsored by NSI International Inc, a leading designer and manufacturer of educational toys in the US, was open to students from all academic fields at HKUST.

The gold award went to Xiaohan Du, Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management, and School of Science student Jie Qi for their Paper Robot. Hiu Ling Cheung, School of Science, Chui Ting Leung, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Lai Ying Mok, Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, won the silver award while Luv Kalpesh Sheth, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, took the bronze award with toys titled The Weather Master and Color Mixer respectively.

This was the second time the competition had been held at HKUST. The 10 finalists were selected from a pool of high-quality entries by a judging panel comprising 11 design professionals, including Prof Ravindra Goonetilleke, Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Mr Brian Waldman, Senior Vice President, NSI, Mr Farra Chan, Director, NSI, and Mr David Chu, President, Tai Nam Industrial Company Ltd. A subsidy was provided to finalists to turn their abstract idea into a physical prototype.