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16 March 2001

PRESS RELEASE

LAUNCH OF THE SINGAPORE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

132 students vying for a chance to represent Singapore in the Olympics of science competitions to be held in the United States.

The inaugural Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) is launched today by Director-General of Education, Mr Wee Heng Tin, at the Singapore Science Centre. A total of 132 secondary school and pre-university students took part in 81 science projects. Two outstanding individual projects and one team project will be selected to represent Singapore at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) to be held in San Jose, USA in May this year.

Winners of SSEF are announced today (please refer to attachment for a list of winners) while Singapore representatives to Intel ISEF will be announced in April.

The SSEF is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) and the Singapore Science Centre (SSC) to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in science research amongst Singapore students. The SSEF is affiliated to the Intel ISEF, which is widely recognised as the Olympics of science competitions.

Commented Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching, Deputy Director for Sciences, MOE and Chairperson of the SSEF 2001 : "We are pleased with the high standard of the projects submitted by this year's participants. Our students have displayed, through their research projects, a good understanding of scientific principles, excellent creativity and independent thinking. A few of these students will have a chance to compete with other excellent entries from all over the world at the Intel ISEF this May. This will definitely be a good exposure for our students to learn more about science research."

The SSEF is open to all secondary and pre-university students between the age of 15 and 21. Students are judged based on the following criteria :

  • Creative ability

  • Scientific Thought/ Engineering Goals

  • Thoroughness

  • Skill

  • Clarity

  • Teamwork (for group projects)

The entries were evaluated by a panel of judges comprising representatives from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and the polytechnics, research institutes and centres.

Professor Hang Chang Chieh, Executive Deputy Chairman of NSTB said : "Human capital is a key driving force as Singapore advances into the knowledge era. We need many scientists and engineers to become researchers to fuel science and technology advancements. SSEF is an excellent opportunity for our students to experience the intriguing world of scientific research. I hope that these students will continue to pursue their passion for science research and be able to contribute to
Singapore's scientific community in the future."

Entries for SSEF is on display at the Singapore Science Centre from 16 to 17 March.   Said Dr Chew Tuan Chiong, Director & Chief Executive, Singapore Science Centre : "We are encouraged by the good response from the participants this year. In addition to conducting research, students have to put up an exhibition of their project. I am impressed with the enthusiasm these students have displayed. They are good role models and their passion for science will definitely spur other students to take part in future SSEFs."

About Intel ISEF

The Intel ISEF is sponsored by Intel and has been administered by Science Service in the US since its inception in 1950. Now in its 52nd year, the Intel ISEF is the world's only science project competition for students in the 9th through 12th grades.

Throughout the US and around the world, 500 Intel ISEF-Affiliated Science Fairs send two individual finalists and one team project to compete on the international level.

Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,200 students from 48 USstates and 40 nations to compete for over US$2 million in scholarships, tuition grants, scientific equipment and scientific trips. The grand prize of Intel ISEF is a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jointly issued by the Ministry of Education, the National Science & Technology Board and the Singapore Science Centre

For media enquiries, please contact :

Ms Fun Yip
Senior Officer, Corporate Communications
National Science & Technology Board
DID : 7702673
Pager : 92234662
Email : fun_yip@nstb.gov.sg

Mdm Poon Chew Leng
Assistant Director, Sciences 1
Curriculum Planning and Development Division
Ministry of Education
DID : 8796566
Email : Poon_Chew_Leng@moe.gov.sg

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