Pulse with Pulses!

The International Science Drama Competition (ISDC) has become an integral part of the primary schools calendar with students and educators participating from all over South-East Asia in this annual event. Each year, the ISDC themes up with the international theme of the year – this 2016 the theme is Food for Life because it is the international year of Pulses!

For those of you who are wondering *Pulses?*

It is not the pulse in your wrist but the grains or seeds of different size, shape and colour within a pod that are part of the legume family.  The term “pulses” is limited solely to dry grain such as lentils and chickpeas. They also are an important source of plant-based proteins.

So now that we are all on the same page, let’s come back to our story.

The team behind ISDC decided to theme the competition likewise. Five schools have been identified as worthy candidates to achieve the mission of promoting scientific knowledge through arts and have been selected to compete in the Finals on 4th June:


1) Canberra Primary School – We are the Pulses


A musical comedy in the making, their scientific rendition of we are the Champions is a must-hear, must watch!


2) Jurong West Primary School – Chef Zamoot and the Pulse


The humorous tale of a chef’s journey to discover pulses, through disease and global warming.


3) Stamford Primary School – Dr. Food


A true modern story that incorporates technology into obesity food issue, the call to action at the end is of the message is great – if you want to see the video or Dr Food, go visit the gym!


4) Park View Primary School – Security and Sustainability : A Parallel World


This is a great analysis of 1st world vs 3rd world problems – the parallels and opportunity to peer the other side is a great idea – if we can do this with every family facing similar issues, what could happen?


5) Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School – Farmer Jones Makes a Start 


A performance packed with the struggles of most farmers, it provides a good display of the pros and cons of insecticides with a few helpful tips to fight the problems around those issues.


Along with overseas competitors from China, Philippines and Malaysia, all finalists will compete in the finals on 4 June, 2016 at Science Centre Singapore (Annexe Hall).

If you would like to attend the competition, do drop an email to Ms Nalini at nalini_subramaniam@science.edu.sg. Include your name and the number of people attending the competition.
See you there!




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