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Our school students traveled to Paris, France in early November to participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM). After showcasing their project at the exhibition booth, delivering public presentations, and undergoing judging sessions, they not only received the Best Integrated Human Practice Award but also achieved the highest level of recognition with a Gold Medal. Furthermore, they stood out among 121 participating high school teams from around the world and were selected as part of the "Top 10 Global High School Teams." It is a moment of pride for Hong Kong as this is the first time a Hong Kong high school team has successfully made it into the "Top 10 High School " in the history of the iGEM competition.
The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) was established in 2003 and has since become the largest and most influential biotechnology competition worldwide. Each year, over 400 research teams comprising more than 7,000 participants from around the globe take part in the competition. iGEM serves as an international scientific event that provides participating students with a platform for practice and communication, allowing them to showcase innovative ideas and problem-solving abilities. This competition is not only a scientific endeavor but also a nurturing ground for teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Participants are required to design, construct, and test a genetically engineered machine within a limited timeframe, applying it to address real-world issues faced by society.