The Association co-organised a maker exploration day at The Mills, Tsuen Wan with another two organisations, to promote the concept of “maker” and provide trial activities for 500 participants.
HKYWCA Tuen Mun Integrated Social Service Centre and Butterfly Bay Integrated Social Service Centre set up six booths to showcase makers’ products to the public. All works were designed to respond to social problems. For example, mega toy aims to promote the joy of playing toys and reduce the time kids spend on electronic devices; “Dragon Boat” helps to promote the traditions and culture of the festival; “Sensory Integration Maker 2.0” provides cost effective way to make training toys for children with sensory integration disorder to enhance muscle and balance control. Other works included self-made wooden car, guitar, paper pinball and mini basketball machines, cage cover for stray dogs, etc. Participants appreciated the designs and were eager to express their opinions. Youth makers from different organisations also shared their stories in the discussion session and initiated creative ideas on various community issues.
HKYWCA’s “Maker Education Programme” was sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and partnered with Maker Bay Foundation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Good Lab. The three-year programme targets to nurture youths to be more innovative in solving social problems and facilitate them to be changemakers, hence build a more comfortable living environment.