Last week, four secondary one students from School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) outshone 200 students from the same cohort to win the 2016 SST-3M InnoScience Challenge. Their winning concept was a solution that uses magnets to change lightbulbs effortlessly!
The projects were evaluated on 26 May 2016 based on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and delivery and content of the presentation.
Smart Nation Focus
In line with the republic’s vision to be a Smart Nation, these students from the Art, Design, Media & Technology (ADMT) discipline were placed at the forefront of global megatrends at the challenge. Themed ‘Liveable Cities’, they were tasked to come up with concepts to address future challenges such as Urbanisation, Smart Mobility, and Energy Sustainability.
The final four teams – shortlisted from 50 groups each comprising 3-5 students from SST’s 2016 Sec 1 cohort – presented their projects via a 10-minute story-telling and/or elevator pitch session to a panel of judges. Their projects include electricity-generating water turbines, adjustable road dividers for easing road congestion, and an enhanced, user-friendly thermometer, solutions in the sectors of sustainability, traffic and healthcare respectively.
Now in its second year, the InnoScience Challenge is co-organised by SST and 3M Singapore. It is designed to inspire and nurture the innovative spirit of the participants, encouraging them to take science beyond textbooks and apply it in the right way to improve lives.
The student groups were given two months to develop their projects, where they got to work alongside and consult 3M Singapore staff members acting as mentors during the research and prototyping phase. The mentors were handpicked based on their involvement in relevant technologies and outreach activities that have benefitted the community greatly.
Teams were also provided with 3M Innovator’s Toolkits – specially designed for rapid prototyping – to create, test and develop the working prototypes. Teams could leverage on specialized 3M materials provided, while utilizing techniques such as cardboard modelling techniques, papercut techniques as well as 3D printing (for special parts).
Efforts like this are heartening to see, as students are given an opportunity to harness their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills.