Institution looks to ignite interest in engineering among youth
SINGAPORE, 5 January 2012 – Singapore Polytechnic (SP) launched its much anticipated Engineering Show 2012 this morning, amid the buzz of inquisitive secondary school students at the polytechnic’s annual Open House. The event is organised to spark an interest among youth in engineering, an industry that has witnessed a sharp decline in supply over the past decade in spite of an ever growing demand for engineering professionals across the globe.
Among the 235 exhibits on show are a smart home energy assistant that helps users to be more aware of energy wastage and makes suggestions to alter their daily habits to lead more energy-efficient lives; a bed that is designed for hospital use that monitors patients’ movements in bed to prevent bed sores and pressure ulcers from forming; and an automated toilet seat that helps less mobile patients to get back on their feet.
The SP Engineering Show 2012 is categorized into six main themes: Living Well, Urban Solutions, Productivity Solutions, Flying Machines, Robotic Applications and Mobile Campus. It is a collaborative effort across various disciplines at SP, and demonstrates the students’ abilities in integrating and applying the knowledge and skills which they have learnt from their three years at SP. While there is great variety and ingenuity in many of the exhibits, a common framework underlies them all, as students were tasked to go through four stages of first conceiving an idea, then developing it, before implementation and actual operation (CDIO).
Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Principal of SP, believes the Engineering Show is a great platform for those who aspire to become the creators of tomorrow to find out more. He said, “The engineering industry has tremendous growth opportunities worldwide but is also facing a shortage of relevant manpower supply. SP has put together an academically-sound and industry-relevant programme that seeks to produce well-trained professionals for the engineering industry in the years to come.”
Mr Loh Yew Chiong, co-chair of the SP Engineering Show steering committee added, “The SP Engineering Show provides students from the engineering courses with the opportunity to stage their final year projects and leave a legacy of achievement before they complete their diplomas. This is the finale of the CDIO curriculum model infused in our courses at SP.”
This is the first time the annual innovation-exhibition is termed as the ‘SP Engineering Show’, having previously been called the “SPinnovex” when it was first incepted in 2005. The exhibition is held at the SP campus from 5 -7 January 2012, at 11 square (T11A & T11B), from 10am – 6pm daily.
About Singapore Polytechnic (www.sp.edu.sg)
Established in 1954 to meet the manpower needs identified by the government, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. Its 10 academic schools offer 49 full-time diploma courses for its 15,500students and courses are kept relevant through close links with industry and government bodies, as well as with various overseas institutions.
SP offers broad-based, multi-disciplinary and flexible curriculum dedicated to hands-on experience. It is committed to the development of its applied research and development capabilities to enhance the quality of teaching and commercialisation efforts. Through Design Thinking, SP offers a revolutionary approach to education, allowing its students to look at problems from different perspectives, and strike a dynamic balance between intuitive and analytical thinking to provide impactful solutions.
Among SP's 160,000 graduates are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals, many of whom are captains of industries, university professors and researchers, and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.
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