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Embargoed till delivery of keynote address on 31 March 2001 (Saturday) after 11 am 2000

Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award
- Two entries selected to participate in the "Exhibition of Asian Children's Invention" at the "Japan Expo 2001 Kitakyushu"

Singapore (31 March 2001) - Two winning entries from the Students Category, titled "decorative hanger" and "pullable door" were chosen to be displayed and presented at this year's "Exhibition of Asian Children's Invention" at the "Japan Expo 2001 Kitakyushu". These two entries comprise an individual and a team of two students respectively, aged between 10-15 years old. The budding innovators behind these inventions will get to meet up with other participants from the regional countries to exchange ideas and discuss their inventions.

(Details of the winners are in the attached list)

Senior Minister of State for Education, Dr Aline Wong, presented the awards to the winners of this year's Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award at the Singapore Science Centre on 31 March 2001.

Said Dr Phua Kok Khoo, Chairman of Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Awards Committee: "It is important to cultivate a keen interest in science and technology among our young Singaporeans. Exposing our youths to regional competitions such as the Japan Expo 2001 is part of our efforts to build the breadth and depth necessary to springboard our youths towards aspirations of greater creativity and innovation in their inventions."

The Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award is jointly organised by the Tan Kah Kee Foundation and the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB). The Award's objectives are:

  1. To stimulate creative thinking among young people in Singapore

  2. To promote scientific and technological research in Singapore Said Professor C.C. Hang, Executive Deputy Chairman, National Science & Technology Board: "By promoting science and technology to the young, NSTB hopes to lay the foundation for R&D talent to develop and flourish, which can later on be expressed and translated into daring innovations that will place Singapore at the forefront of cutting-edge research."

Prototypes of the winning entries will be displayed at the Singapore Science Centre till 8 April 2001.

First mooted by Nobel Laureate Professor C N Yang in May 1986, the annual Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award comprises two categories - Students and Open Category. The Students category is open to those who are from primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and institutes of technical education, who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents aged 18 and below. The Open category is open to Singapore citizens or permanent residents aged 35 and below (including students from tertiary institutions).

For media queries, please contact:

Tan Kah Kee Foundation National Science & Technology Board
Christina Tan Trina Liew
Manager Senior Officer, Corporate Communications
Tel: 463 8464 Tel: 770 5897
Fax: 467 7667 Fax: 777 5925

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