Thursday, January 28, 2010

Water Competitions for Students in Singapore

I have regularly been asked by school teachers whether Singapore has any competition based on a water theme for their students. That's right, participating (and winning) in competitions are pretty much part of the job scope of our teachers nowadays, from primary right up to tertiary level. Who knows, next time, even our kindergartens are not spared.

These are the few I can think of.
  1. Singapore Junior Water Prize (by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Lien Foundation)
    This project based competition is as close to a water theme as you can get. Registration for 2010 closes on 26 Feb 2010 so hurry! Winners of this Prize will get to compete internationally in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
  2. Singapore International Water Festival (SIWF) @ the Barrage (by Singapore Polytechnic and PUB)
    This is NOT a project based competition. Instead, it hosts a range of competitions - Environmental Quiz (a, b), Amazing Race, Walking on Water, Solar Boat Race, International Raft Race. The Festival is scheduled for Jun 2010 though the details have yet to be put up.
  3. Green Wave Environmental Care Competition (by Sembawang Shipyard)
    Project based. Submission of proposal form closes on 31 Mar 2010. This competition covers more than water as it stretches over many aspects of the environment. Entries need not even be technical since social and educational projects can be accepted.
  4. Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSSEF) (by Singapore Science Centre, MOE, A*star)

    Project based. It covers a diversity of topics in science, maths and engineering. Winners will represent Singapore to compete at the Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair).
  5. Weather Station Project Challenge (by Senoko Power Station)
    Project based. Related to geography, specifically weather. I am not sure whether this is a yearly competition. There seems to be little information about it.
  6. Singapore Land Authority (SLA) Spatial Challenge
    This competition involves the use of GIS (geographic information system). The project obviously has a slant towards geography. The good news is the participants will get to be trained in GIS (a very useful tool - see my earlier post) for free.
  7. Clean Water Challenge (by Singapore Polytechnic School of ABE)
    This competition involves the participants building a water filter with given materials on the spot. The winning filter produces the cleanest effluent in the shortest time.
  8. Other inter-school science competitions at cluster or national level (by MOE)

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