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1. The Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore congratulate the Singapore Team on their performance at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016 held in Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America (USA) from 7 to 13 May 2016.

2. The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science fair held annually to provide a platform for top science and engineering talents of different nationalities to showcase their projects. The Singapore team submitted four individual projects and two team projects this year and achieved commendable results at the fair (Refer to Annex A for details of the projects).

3. Three students from National Junior College bagged various awards for their research efforts. They are:
  • Wang Yuhang, who studied how a thin film of nickel oxy-hydroxide could degrade carcinogenic dyes which could be present in industrial wastewater. His method is low cost and effective in reducing the harmful by-products of the process, unlike conventional methods. For his effort, Yuhang was awarded the Third Award in the Chemistry category and the King Abdul Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity Award. On his Intel ISEF experience, Yuhang said: “It has been an inspiring experience and I am deeply impressed by the passion of participants from around the world. I am truly humbled by their love for science and their perseverance.”
  • Jia Shuyi, who won the Fourth Award in the Chemistry category, found three new approaches to immobilize glycans onto silicon substrates which are important in the identification of bacteria and viruses. This ultimately results in more sensitive diagnosis and cheaper treatment of infectious diseases. On his Intel ISEF experience, Shuyi said “I had the chance to meet great young researchers, whose amazing projects all have the potential to change the world. Their passion for science and the will to make the world a better placenever failed to inspire me.”
  • Sim Yu Ki who studied how lateral flow biosensors could be used as a point- of-care kit to diagnose the presence of flaviviruses such as those that spread dengue and zika. Her biosensor allows for detection of the virus much earlier and does not require expensive laboratory equipment for analysis as compared to conventional methods. For her research, Yu Ki received the USAID Global Development Innovation Honourable Mention Award.

4. Other students of the Singapore delegation who participated in this prestigious international platform were:


Background info

Annex A


The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science fair held annually to provide a platform for top science and engineering talents of different nationalities to showcase their projects. This year, there are more than 1750 finalists from more than 75 countries, regions and territories took part. There are 22 scientific categories in Intel ISEF 2016 and within each category, the Best of Category, First, Second, Third and Fourth awards are given out. Further to that, two finalists from amongst the 22 winners of the Best of Category will be awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards. These finalists are selected for their commitment to innovation in tackling challenging scientific questions, using authentic research practices, and creating solutions to the problems of tomorrow. Special Awards sponsored by various organizations are also given out in recognition for the science and engineering innovations in projects.



Details of projects submitted by the Singapore team

Student name  School  Category of participation 
Samuel Leong Chee
Weng
Hwa Chong Institution  Embedded Systems
(individual)
Clara Keng Hui Lin Raffles Institution Materials Science
(team)
Chow Kit Mun River Valley High School
Foong Yan Kai Brandon NUS High School of
Mathematics and Science
Environmental Engineering
(team)
Huang Weiqi Victor


5. The Singapore Team was chosen from the top awardees in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) held in March this year. SSEF is a national competition jointly organised by MOE, A*STAR and Science Centre Singapore. The Singapore Team was led by Mr Benjamin Choo (Curriculum Planning and Development, MOE).

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Sarina Chng (Ms)
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Organisation: Science Centre Singapore

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Background info

Annex A


The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science fair held annually to provide a platform for top science and engineering talents of different nationalities to showcase their projects. This year, there are more than 1750 finalists from more than 75 countries, regions and territories took part.

There are 22 scientific categories in Intel ISEF 2016 and within each category, the Best of Category, First, Second, Third and Fourth awards are given out. Further to that, two finalists from amongst the 22 winners of the Best of Category will be awarded the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards.

These finalists are selected for their commitment to innovation in tackling challenging scientific questions, using authentic research practices, and creating solutions to the problems of tomorrow. Special Awards sponsored by various organizations are also given out in recognition for the science and engineering innovations in projects.

Details of projects submitted by the Singapore team

Students  Project description 
Samuel Leong (Individual)
IP Year 6
Hwa Chong Institution

School contact
Dr Kelvin Tan
Contact: 6468 3955
Email: tanyl@hci.edu.sg
Project title – Optically-illuminated Directional Sensing for Guidance and Alignment Systems
Category – Embedded Systems

A low cost, low power, highly versatile circuit that is able to lock on to a specific laser frequency has been designed and built. This compact and responsive laser guided system which is free from all external light interferences, has potential applications in security, defence, elderly care and smart robotic systems. Samuel has developed his system under the guidance of Dr Wee Keng Hoong and Mr Lee Jin Yu from the DSO National Laboratories.
Sim Yu Ki
(Individual)
IP Year 6
National Junior College

School contact (for all NJC students) 
Mr Harman Dev Singh Johll s/o Bhajan Singh
Contact: 6466 1144
Email:
harman_dev_singh_johll@moe.edu.sg
Project title – Early, Affordable and Rapid Viral Detection: Revolutionizing Home Diagnosis of Dengue and Zika through Lateral Flow Biosensing

Category – Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Device
Capacity to mitigate outbreaks and manage patient care for debilitating mosquito-borne flaviviral diseases hinges critically on early, rapid and accurate diagnosis. In this work, nanoparticles to be embedded on lateral flow biosensors were developed, potentially revolutionizing current flaviviral diagnostic methods by enabling precise, prompt and cost-effective diagnosis. Yu Ki did her project under the guidance of Dr Paul Free Francis from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR.
Wang Yuhang
(Individual)
IP Year 6
National Junior College
Category – Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Device. Capacity to mitigate outbreaks and manage patient care for debilitating mosquito-borne flaviviral diseases hinges critically on early, rapid and accurate diagnosis. In this work, nanoparticles to be embedded on lateral flow biosensors were developed, potentially revolutionizing current flaviviral diagnostic methods by enabling precise, prompt and cost-effective diagnosis. Yu Ki did her project under the guidance of Dr Paul Free Francis from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR.
Jia Shu Yi
(Individual)
IP Year 6
National Junior College
Project title – Immobilization of Glycans on Silicon Substrates for Diagnostic Microarrays

Category – Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry

Three different methods of immobilization of glycans onto silicon substrates were developed. This allowed Precision Ellipsometry (PREL), a sensitive, simple, yet inexpensive instrument for the analysis of glycan microarrays as well as diagnosis of common diseases. Shu Yi did his work under the supervision of Dr Nikolai Yakovlev from Institute of Materials and Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR.
Clara Keng and Chow Kit Mun (Team)
IP Year 5
Raffles Institution and River Valley
High School
School contact (Clara) Dr Tan Guoxian Contact: 6353 8830
Email: guoxian.tan@ri.edu.sg

School contact (Kit Mun) Mr Chow Ban Hoe Contact: 6567 8115
Email: chow_ban_hoe@moe.edu.sg
 Project title – Tailored Synthesis for Morphology Control of Hematite Nanoparticles

Category – Materials Science:Nanomaterials

Through tailored hydrothermal synthesis, hematite nanoparticles with high coercivity to size ratios were obtained. These nanoparticles are poised as a prime candidate as cheap, efficient and reliable data storage materials. Clara and Kit Mun conducted their research under the mentorship of Mr Koh Huan Kiat and Ms Deborah Ho from DSO National Laboratories.
Brandon Foong and Victor Huang
(Team) Year 6
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

School contact
Dr Maury Julien Jean Pierre
Contact: 6516 1701
Email: nhsmjjp@nus.edu.sg
Project title – A novel reactor with a transparent electrode to improve UV- mediated electrochemical wastewater treatment

Category – Environmental Engineering

The project aims to design a cost-effective and eco-friendly electrochemical reactor to treat industrial wastewater contaminated with organic toxic compounds. The reactor takes advantage of sunlight through the use of transparent electrodes and specific reactor geometry to quickly degrade organic toxic compounds. Brandon and Victor carried out their project under the supervision of Dr Olivier Lefebvre from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in NUS.

 

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