NAUTIC QUEST launched to fire the imagination of next generation

Under Secretary for Transport and Housing Dr So Wai-man Raymond (left) and Museum Director Richard Wesley introduce the Yuto Aquarium

The Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum’s joint project NAUTIC QUEST is about to alert a generation to the career potential of the territory’s exciting maritime sector.

In their most ambitious collaboration to date the HKMPB employed the Maritime and Aviation Fund to donate over HK$1m to a HKMM-designed project aimed at more than 60,000 S4 Hong Kong students.

NAUTIC QUEST is a set of specially designed school-based learning materials supported by a multitude of interactive and multimedia components covering a broad range of intriguing and inspiring maritime topics.

“This learning platform aims at enriching the knowledge of students and the general public on the most precious natural resource of Hong Kong – our harbour – and its deep connection with a host of maritime industries as well as our daily life,” said Museum director Richard Wesley.

The likely highlight of the NAUTIC QUEST project is the Yuto Aquarium, an augmented reality enabled roving exhibition, which brings the project’s maritime learning platform to schools and communities. The aquarium-shaped display set employs interactive and multimedia presentation strategies to deliver knowledge in a fun, youth-friendly format.

NAUTIC QUEST was officially unveiled at a dedicated ceremony at the HKMM on Saturday 12 May. Among the dignitaries at the ceremony was Under Secretary for Transport & Housing Dr So Wai-man, Raymond. Dr So provided perhaps the most poignant moment of the afternoon. As he delightedly observed a group of children testing the limits of the Yuto Aquarium he marked them down as future recruits to Hong Kong’s maritime community.

The Launch of NAUTIC QUEST coincided nicely with International Museum Day. HKMM celebrated by offering free admission to locals and tourists alike. Admission is also free today.

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