Lights, Camera, Action!

Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival (SSYSF) is a national event, jointly organised by Science Centre Singapore, the Science Teachers’ Association of Singapore and the Shell Companies in Singapore.  

Shell and Science Centre Singapore’s 35 years of collaboration has yielded a gem of an event – the Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival (SSYSF). One of the highlights of this festival, is the SSYSF Stage! Drama Competition. In a nutshell, the competition promotes science and its application through drama. And each year, a number of schools send their best and brightest acting talent to compete in this prized event, but only after religious preparation-sometimes several months in advance.

With at least one opportuntity to razzle and dazzle the audience, each school has to produce a short skit based on the theme of ‘Renewable Energy for Everyone’ and in line with 2012 being the ‘International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’. With just 7 minutes to communicate this, schools must impress the judges in the following criteria: relevance, communication, cast performance, overall presentation and use of environmentally friendly/recycled materials.

As it turned out, 2012 proved no different from preceding years, drawing  a stellar line-up of budding talent from various schools. Despite the stiff competition in the auditions, which were held on 22 and 23 March and in the Finals (31 March), Kuo Chuan Presbyterian took top honours, emerging first after delivering a commanding performance entitled, ‘One People, One Earth, One Energy’.

Check out their winning stage performance (above) in the SSYSF Stage! Drama Competition. Their skit will be showcased at the opening ceremony of SSYSF on 22 May.

Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, A/Prof Lim Tit Meng posing with the enthusiastic Kuo Chuan Presbyterian cohort

While the competition phase of the SSYSF Stage! Drama Competition is over, the rest of SSYSF continues to promise action-packed activities, including Energy Fest ( 16 – 22 May) where you can build and launch your own rocket and more. Also don’t miss the Public Forum (19 May) where prominent scientist, Dr Teh Yong Liang from Temasek Polytechnic will share how we can achieve sustainable energy.

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