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DEWT Students in Junior Water Prize Competition 2014

Commendation Award for ABE (DEWT) Students’ Team in Singapore Junior Water Prize Competition 2014 for the project “Removal of Methylene Blue Using Chemically Modified Sugarcane Bagasse”

The Singapore Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is a national competition organized by the Lien Foundation and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and supported by PUB, Singapore's national water agency. The competition was held at Marina Bay Sands on 2 and 3 June 2014. There were 42 teams for the Main Category, consisting of participants from Junior Colleges and Polytechnics with maximum age of 19 years old, and 17 teams for the Under-15 Category. The panel of judges consisted of academics from NTU and NUS and professionals from PUB and the water industry.

Participation in SJWP is a very challenging and long process as the project itself must have a research value. Good team work, aspiration, resilience and time management between supervisor and students and also among students will be the key factor of success. The selected students will need close supervision during the preparation stage, literature review, reporting, project execution until presentation of the project. In addition to acquiring advance knowledge in science and engineering, the students were able to hone their oral presentation skills with the help of Ms Chan Li Mei (CASS).

Following our success in the SJWP 2012, our SP team, consisting of Shen ZhongHuan (presenter), Ng Li Hui (presenter), Phoon Ru Yi Natalie and Yu Suchun won the Commendation Award of $300 for the project entitled Removal of Methylene Blue Using Chemically Modified Sugarcane Bagasse, supervised by Dr Handojo Djati Utomo (ABE) and co-supervised by Dr Lim Zheng Bang (AMTC).

The followings are some personal reflection from the students:

Ng Li Hui: “I am very happy to be able to win something from the competition and through this competition, I am able to explore and exposed to the different types of projects the other school are working on it. Even though the whole process for this competition was very tiring, at least our hard work paid off after spending so much time working on our FYP”.

Shen ZhongHuan: “It is definitely a meaningful learning experience and fruitful journey for me to participate in Singapore junior water price (SJWP). My team started to prepare the project since we were in our year 2 semester 2. Personally, I felt it is a very interesting topic to work on as using an agricultural waste to remove pollutants is great. However, it’s quite tough at the start as we have to establish all the experimental procedures on our own. Slowly with the guidance of our project supervisor Dr Han, we were able to conduct various experiments and obtain results”

“As I am one of the presenter for SJWP, during my internship period I have to leave earlier from my workplace every week to rehearse for the presentation. It’s not an easy period for both me and my teammate as we always need to find a common time for rehearsal. We have overcame all those obstacles and tried our best in competing with other 40 plus institutions in SJWP. Our hard work has paid off and I am really grateful for all the people who have supported and guided us through the journey”.

Shen ZhongHuan (left) and Ng Li Hui (right) presenting their project to the panel of judges.

Passion and humility are important as the organizers often change the assessment strategy. Past experience has taught us to prepare for all eventualities.Ng Li Hui commented “As everything went quite smoothly, I was told by Dr. Handojo a few days before the competition that there might be changes to the presentation whereby we will be using the poster instead of Power Point slides to present. Initially when I heard about it, I was a little shocked as we have been rehearsing using Power Point slides from the start. Luckily, there was still a bit of time left for us to rehearse using the poster before the actual competition. Therefore, we are well prepared for the competition regardless using the PowerPoint slides or poster to present”. Shen ZhongHuan said” It is definitely a meaningful learning experience and fruitful journey for me to participate in Singapore Junior Water Price (SJWP) competition.

SP (ABE) Team received a commendation award from the SJWP organiser. The award was given by Dr. Stephen Tan Boon Kean, Associate Director for Water & Urban Development, AECOM (right) to Shen ZhongHuan and Ng Li Hui (2nd and 3rd from right), supervised by Dr Handojo Djati Utomo (left).