The 30th Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award (TKKYIA) Presentation Ceremony and Exhibition was held at the Science Centre Singapore on Sat, 28 May 2016 with nearly 160 participants in attendance.
TKKYIA attracted 810 entries this year across five sections:
- Junior Student (Below 13 years old);
- Student (Below 19 years old);
- Senior Student (Below 25 years old);
- Open (Below 36 years old); and
- Defence Science (Below 36 years old).
Acting Minister for Education (Schools) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, Mr Ng Chee Meng, graced the memorable event as Guest-of-Honour. A total of 40 team awards and 3 school awards were presented during the ceremony. Following that, Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ng Chee Meng toured the exhibition of these award-winning inventions and interacted candidly with the teams.
One outstanding entry this year included a device that helps to save water. Conceptualised by two students from ITE College Central, the invention was presented a Silver Award under the Student section. Other notable entries included an invention that helps take care of our eyes, as well as robots that improve our daily lives.
The Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award has been held annually since 1986, and aims to stimulate creativity and innovation among Singapore’s youth. This event is jointly organised by the Tan Kah Kee Foundation, the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and DSO National Laboratories (DSO), with the support of Science Centre Singapore (SCS).
Below are some pictures of the action that unfolded on the day!
Chief Judge, Prof Lim Yeow Khee (left) chatting with Science Centre’s CE, A/Prof Lim Tit Meng
Acting Education Minister, Mr Ng Chee Meng being warmly received by Science Centre’s CE, A/Prof Lim.
MIN presenting the Merit Award certificate to Jacqueline Quek Jia Ling (Merit Award Winner from Temasek Polytechnic) for her ‘Show me true colour’ invention – which helps the colour blind identify colours in daily life.
MIN leading the guest-of-honours in the launch sequence of the Exhibition Showcase
MIN taking a closer look at the Fish Slicing Machine by Eng Han Rong Rayner, Timothy Lee Ke Xin and Shawn Ng Zhi Sheng (Merit Award Winner from ITE College West) which saves the time spent to manually cut fishes.
MIN congratulating Lee Kwan Tze (Commendation Award Winner from Nanyang Primary School) on his ‘Match-A-Colour’ invention – designed for the colour blind.
MIN viewing the Fast Ash Smoke Terminator invented by Tam Khai Ning Calista, Jennifer Liu Zixuan and Deborah Toh Jiaying (Encouragement Award Winner from Nanyang Primary School).
MIN trying out the iKit designed by Poh Jun Kai Nigel (Merit Award Winner from Dunman High School) which is a comprehensive eye test and training kit for all ages.
MIN joining Tham Jia Xiong and Woo Yi Jie (Merit Award Winner from ITE College Centre) with a thumbs up (the gesture was adapted real-time by their ‘Generic Robotic Hand Control System’ invention)
MIN testing the ArmourPlas invention by Tay Yi Jing (Commendation Award Winner from Sofshell Pte Ltd)
MIN posing with some of the team members (Merit Award Winner from Temasek Polytechnic) with their ‘Pest Cookie’ invention – an organic attractant that is biodegradable..