His consuming passion for science is not only reflected by his active participation in science-related talks and competitions of all sizes, but can also be seen from his detailed observation about things surrounding him in daily life such as the coffee-ring effect originated from capillary flow in hot drinks. Having been in touch with many schools and students, he found that schools have resorted to fast-food style STEM activities with resources mainly used on hardware instead of arousing students their genuine interest in science and technology.
With the support of the Knowledge Transfer Project Fund (KPF), Dr. Tong has initiated a secondary school STEM education programme with Dr. Leung Po Kin and Dr. Alvin Leung, also from Department of Physics, to introduce a new way of learning science. Students will be able to learn physics principles and apply them to real-life situations, participate in an introductory medical physics course and laboratory tests, and visit a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) company to operate a real MRI scanner in the three-tier programme, all aiming to experience the fun and power of science. It is hoped that the programme can arouse students’ curiosity and develop them to become lifelong learners of STEM.