"STEM Challenge" Terms and Conditions

  1. “STEM Challenge” Programme is organised by the MTR Corporation and Above and Beyond Education (“The Organisers”). The programme comprises school talks and an Award Scheme (the "Challenge").

  2. The programme is intended for F2-F5 secondary-school students in Hong Kong. 

  3. Schools must attend or have enrolled in the school talk prior to joining the Challenge.  MTR colleagues will deliver in-school talks if there are over 100 students per talk. Schools with fewer students should consider joining joint-school talks.

  4. The Organisers will only accept school-based enrolment to the Challenge. 

  5. Each school can send a maximum of three teams to join the Challenge. 

  6. Each team should comprise four to six students.

  7. Each student can only join ONE team; multiple entries will not be accepted.

  8. Schools must enrol online for the Challenge on or before the date mentioned in "Key Dates and Enrolment".

  9. Proposals of all participating teams must be submitted on or before the date mentioned in "Key Dates and Enrolment". All late submissions will be disqualified from the Challenge.

  10. Each team is required to submit a proposal that includes the following:  
    • A model (no more than 300 mm x 30 mm x 300 mm in size ) made of micro:bit and containing recycled materials (e.g. cardboard, wooden box, cans, bottles) to showcase IoT and AI applications and reflect the team’s vision for the theme. 
    • A PowerPoint presentation (maximum 10 slides) explaining the vision
    • A video (maximum 4 minutes) 1) explaining the vision; and 2) showing the model's operation
    • For the proposal submission stage, an illustration of the model concept will suffice

  11. The Organisers will provide micro:bit workshops for students and the teacher in-charge participating in the Challenge. Each participant and each teacher can take a maximum of one workshop at each level. 

  12. The Organisers reserve the right to recover the cost of the workshop(s) and the cost of material(s) should the team drop out of the Challenge after attending the workshops and receiving the IoT:bit Kit and/or the project tool(s).

  13. Proposals or concepts that were previously submitted to other competition and have received recognition will not be accepted.  Proposals or concepts will be accepted only if such proposals or concepts have not received any recognition and with the condition that the participating team can clearly explain how they have improved or refined the previously submitted work.  Recognition includes all prizes and categorical award.  

  14. Participating team must inform the Organisers and seek consent if they intend to submit a proposal simultaneously to another organisation’s competition. 

  15. All entries must be original and should not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any person/organization. If an entry contains content with intellectual property rights belonging to any other person/organisation, the respective(s) participant must obtain prior approval from the intellectual-property-rights owner to use the relevant intellectual property rights in the entry. The respective participant(s) has to take sole responsibility if any person/organisation makes accusations or claims damages for his/her/its intellectual property rights being infringed. The school and the participant need to indemnify the Organisers for any actions, expenses, claims and responsibilities arising from any person/organisation making accusations or claiming damages for his/her/its intellectual property rights being infringed.

  16. The Organisers reserve the right to refuse and disqualify any submitted entry at any time if it infringes the intellectual property rights of any person/organisation.

  17. MTR Corporation will be filming and recording various parts of the "STEM Challenge" Programme. MTR Corporation will have the rights to record participants’ performances and to use participants’ names, personal profiles, sounds and images in any relevant material of this Programme. All intellectual property rights (including copyright) of such records belong to MTR Corporation. MTR Corporation can use these records worldwide permanently in any format and any channel.

  18. Each participant needs to confirm that he/she has read and agreed to the Personal Information Collection Statement. If a teacher or a school represents their participating students, then the teacher or the school should confirm that the students have read and agreed to the Personal Information Collection Statement.

  19. MTR Corporation has absolute power over decisions on the programme arrangement based on circumstances, as well as reserves the right to revise these terms and conditions at any time without notifying participants in advance. MTR Corporation does not bear any responsibility relating to such revisions and terminations.

  20. Evaluation Criteria include:
    • Idea: Relevance to the  theme, Innovative, Creative and Feasible        
    • Analysis: Logical, Application of STEM knowledge, Inspiring and Insightful
    • Proposal: Address social needs, Cost-effectiveness, Environmental benefits and Scalable
    • Presentation: Articulation, Visual Impact, Innovative, and Functionality of the model

  21. The panel of judges will select three best performing teams. The three best performing teams and maximum two teachers per school will be invited to visit MTR Corporation’s operations outside Hong Kong. Currently, MTR Corporation operates in Australia, Europe and Mainland China. Flight, hotel, local transportation and meals for the overseas study tour will be covered by MTR Corporation. 

  22. Competition results rest on the final decision of the panel of judges. Participants shall raise no objection.

  23. MTR Corporation reserves the right to change the awards at any time. The winning teams should accept the arrangement of MTR Corporation.

  24. MTR Corporation reserves the right to make final decisions regarding this Programme. Should any dispute arise, the decision of MTR Corporation will be final.

  25. Nobody, other than participants and the Organisers, has the right to enforce any of these terms and conditions, or to enjoy any benefit under any of these terms and conditions, in accordance with the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance.

  26. These terms and conditions are governed by and interpreted according to the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

  27. The enrolment and submission forms are made on the google form platform. Participants can review its Terms of Services at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

  28. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English version and the Chinese version, the English version shall prevail.