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DEWT students win the Singapore Junior Water Prize 2015

A team of DEWT students won the Merit Award of $1000 in the Singapore Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Competition 2015 for their project entitled “Removal of Hydrocarbon of Benzene Using Modified Sugarcane Bagasse”. The event was held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic from 27 – 28 May 2015.

The project team consisted of Toh Yie Xuan, Doris Ho Xue Yu and Wajiha Begum Binte Ahmanalah supervised by Dr Handojo Djati Utomo (ABE) and co-supervised by Dr Lim Zheng Bang (AMTC).

SJWP is a national competition organized by the Lien Foundation and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and supported by PUB, Singapore's national water agency. In this year’s competition, there were 58 teams for the Main Category consisting of participants from Junior College and Polytechnics with maximum age of 19 years old, and 30 teams for the Under-15 Category. The panels of judges consisted of academics from local universities and also professionals from PUB and the water industry.

Due to the importance of the R&D component in this competition, good teamwork, aspiration, resilience and time management between supervisor and students and also amongst students is the key factor for success. Participating in SJWP is a challenging and long process as the selected students need close supervision from preparation, literature review, reporting, project execution until presentation of the projects.

Apart from acquiring advanced knowledge in science and engineering , the students honed their presentation skills for their oral presentation from Mr Julian Kwok (CASS).

One of the personal reflection from the student team: “I had a wonderful experience throughout this journey of preparing for SJWP Competition; from doing analysis work, struggling to obtain appropriate results, preparing of report/poster and preparing for presentation - all these gave me an opportunity to know how it is like to take part in a competition ”