Singapore Polytechnic and Science Centre Singapore launch national initiative for secondary school students
Singapore, 23 February 2012 – Secondary school students who aspire to become the agents of change for our world’s future will now be able to have a taste of what it is like to think and work like an engineer, even before they complete their O level examinations. Singapore Polytechnic (SP), together with Science Centre Singapore (SCS), launched the Young Engineer Award (YEA) this afternoon at a ceremony held at the polytechnic that saw both parties ink a memorandum of understanding while giving out awards to the first batch of students.
The YEA is a national initiative, and aims to boost the understanding and interest of local secondary school students’ in the fields of science and engineering while nurturing potential talents at a younger age. Divided into three categories of bronze, silver and gold; the award looks to foster a better understanding of engineering in secondary school students – to create a direct link between the science which they are learning from their school textbooks to tangible real-world phenomena and creations which they are familiar with.
Dr Dave Chong, Senior Director of SP’s Engineering cluster, said, “The world of engineering has mushroomed since the Leonardo Da Vinci days. I believe all of us were born with the innate qualities of becoming an engineer. At Singapore Polytechnic, we strive to groom young engineering talents and provide them with the right tools to become the agents of change for tomorrow.”
“Science and engineering are the cornerstones of our economy. We recognise the need to keep advancing knowledge and skills within the field and discover and develop talents for a sustainable future”, said A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, SCS. “Through this meaningful award programme, we seek to engage interest, encourage self-discovery and enrich the knowledge & skill sets of our youths. The award programme will also be a stepping stone for them to a rewarding career in science and engineering. It is part of the Youth Science Movement we champion.”
Students are required to sit for a short online test to assess their grasp of secondary school science among other general questions in the quiz to be awarded the bronze award. Bronze award winners are then eligible to participate in the silver category – which involves a series of workshops and hands-on assignments. The best students from the silver award will stand a chance of participating in the ‘by-invitation only’ gold category, with the eventual winners likely to be short listed for scholarship opportunities at SP and become part of the Singapore Polytechnic Outstanding Talent (SPOT) programme.
A total of 267 secondary school students were awarded the YEA bronze award at this afternoon’s ceremony, out of 316 participants who sat for the initial bronze assessment. Students with an interest to participate in the YEA can apply through their respective secondary schools.
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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About Science Centre Singapore
The Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution dedicated to the promotion of science and technology among students and members of the public. As a leading Science Centre in the region, the Science Centre Singapore has twelve exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 18,000 sq metres of outdoor space showcasing the Waterworks, Ecogarden and the Kinetic Garden exhibits. The Centre also houses the Omni-Theatre — Singapore’s only dome-shaped, 5-storey high theatre with a capacity of 248 seats. The Science Centre, with Omni-Theatre and Snow City, received more than 1.46 million visitors for FY2010/2011. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg.
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