10 Moments To Remember From The International Science Drama Competition (ISDC) 2018

By See Eng Sheng and Melody Chew, Science Educators, Science Centre Singapore

Lights! Camera! Action!

The International Science Drama Competition (ISDC) recently concluded its fourth instalment with the Grand Finals taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Singapore was represented by our Singapore Finals winners – Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School and Nanyang Girls’ High School. Both teams did us proud, with Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School coming in at 2nd place in the Primary School Category and Nanyang Girls’ High School clinching the 1st place in the Open Category!  

Let’s recap the journey that these 2 teams have taken to attain these achievements.

#1. Earlier this year, schools, as well as members of the public, were invited to participate in the Competition. Teams were required to perform a 7-minute skit based on the theme “Science of Sports”

#2. A total of 38 teams across both categories took part this year, sending in their auditions via YouTube. Drama workshops were also held for teams without prior theatre experience. Out of all teams, 5 Primary School Category teams and 6 Open Category teams emerged as Singapore Finalists.

The Singapore Finals was held on 14 April 2018 at The Annexe, Hall 1 in Science Centre Singapore. All Singapore Finalists teams demonstrated their scientific knowledge and dramatic flair in front of a live audience. In the end, the judges made their difficult decisions to crown Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School and Nanyang Girls’ High School as the winners of the Singapore Finals.

(Simon Cowell wasn’t there *winks*)


#3. A few days before the Grand Finals, Team Singapore made their way towards Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Everyone was jittery and nervous, but definitely ready to get their game faces on. “ISDC 2018, WE ARE RED-Y FOR YOU!”

Team SG airport departure
“Leaving on the jetplane…”

#4. Before the final show on stage, Team Singapore did not forget to have fun! We were given a city tour where we saw the sights of Kuala Lumpur. 

#5. And of course, Petrosains – The Discovery Centre was in the itinerary too!

#6. The Grand Finals was held on 14 July 2018 at KDU College, Glenmarie Campus. Both teams quickly adapted to the new environment and stage, putting on their best show!

#7. The competition was steep as teams from other countries – Malaysia, China, Thailand, Brunei and Philippines – put up a great show as well! Eventually, after giving it all, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School and Nanyang Girls’ High School managed to get 2nd and 1st in Primary School and Open category respectively. KUDOS!

#8. In conclusion, ISDC 2018 was a runaway success! We are sure that all our participants have learned to convey scientific concepts in a fun, creative and engaging way.

KCPPS rehearsal
Giving it all during rehearsals.

#9. Our teams also had a chance to understand different countries’ culture and tradition from interacting with participants from other countries. 

Team SG and Team Philippines
Team Singapore and Team Philippines just hanging out together!


#10. Overall, we are extremely proud and happy to have participated in this year’s ISDC and gained new experiences and friendships with our regional friends. 

That wraps up ISDC 2018 and what’s next? We hope to see you at next year’s competition so put your game face on and drama away! 

1st place winners for both categories
1st place winners for both categories

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