In line with the theme of the 3rd “Macao-wide English Essay Competition” (MEEC), Nature and Me, the Macao Professional Speaking Association (MPSA) recently visited the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG), the supporting unit of the competition, and successfully organized the “Meteorology, Nature and Me” field trip .
The field trip included 34 participants including 27 students from 10 schools ranging from 8 to 21 years of age, MEEC Organizing Committee members Sandy Leong, Jane Qiu, Iris Chan, Lyfee Lai, May Mo, and representatives from Sustainable Development Association, Terrence Lee and Muhammad Saidu Bashir. They were warmly received by SMG.
Through presentations and tours of the meteorological observation station and demonstration of various meteorological equipment, students gained a deeper understanding of weather science, climate change, and foster a greater appreciation for the natural environment.
Second prize winner of the University category of the 2021-2022 edition of the essay competition, Chao Pak Hou also participated in the field trip.
“I learned a lot from the field trip,”the University of Macau student said, “As I only had a limited understanding of weather via television, this tour gave me an in-depth overview of climate and weather forecasting, which expanded my knowledge of the subject.”
A special presentation on the effects of climate change was also part of the tour.
“On top of that, the presentation on climate change, which was very informative, was especially enjoyable for me,”Chao said.
As the first English essay competition in Macao geared towards promoting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, MPSA aims to provide a platform for young, ambitious students to exercise their critical thinking skills by exploring their role in the world. The third edition of the competition is now open for registration until October 27. Interested students may visit the competition website at https://essaymacao.com/ for more details.
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Students enjoy demonstrations of various meteorological equipment
Students touring the meteorological observation station
Students learning about the importance of acquiring accurate data
Presentations about climate change and climate action
Students were active in asking questions during the tour