Developing Keen and Enquiring Minds: Hwa Chong Students’ Science Achievements30 Jun 2015
Hwa Chong students have always performed well in research competitions and 2015 has been no different. Two prestigious science competitions, CHAOS 2015 and Singapore Junior Water Prize 2015, have seen our students return a bumper crop of awards, attesting to the both the creative and applicative value of science research to real world problems.
Both Hwa Chong teams who represented the school at this year’s CHAOS 2015 competition have gone one better than last year, clinching not only the 1st runners-up prize but also retaining the title of champions.
The Creative and Heuristic Applications of Science (CHAOS) competition aims to provide the opportunity for pupils to apply creative and heuristic problem-solving skills to real-world case studies using an interdisciplinary approach. It develops both their research and independent learning skills, in addition to the value of teamwork.
Each school is allowed to send in a maximum of two entries for the CHAOS competition. Both Hwa Chong teams not only entered the finals but went on to sweep the the top two prizes in Singapore. This noteworthy achievement is a clear indicator of the budding Science talents in Hwa Chong who were able to apply their critical and creative skills in developing scientific solutions to actual problems. We would like to commend their hard work and effort, as well as that of their teachers.
The Champion team members are Chua Joon Peng Gabriel, Ryan Tan Jinn, Shawn Cheng Wei Xuan, and Shi Steven (all from 2I2), while the second-placed team members are Aung Kaung Kaung, Enoch Kwok, Ho Yoong Kwan, and Tim Yik Lock Asher (2I3).
Their teachers were Mr Tan Hui Kuan (Education Consultant/LSS), Mr Sim Mong Chea (Lecturer/LSS & Physics), Mr Isaac Kuan Yi Kiat (Relief Teacher/Biology), Mr Ah Sen Rudy Lee Chong Tai (Lecturer/Chemistry), and teaching assistant Ka-Shing.
We would like to congratulate all students and their teachers for their excellent achievement in CHAOS 2015.
Singapore Junior Water Prize 2015
Hwa Chong students have also excelled in the Singapore Junior Water Prize 2015, with two teams clinching the top two prizes in the Main Category, while a third team was also awarded a Merit Prize.
The winning team’s project focused on evaluating the ability of wastepaper in adsorbing heavy metal ions, while the second-placed team worked on the synthesis of electrospun nanosilver-functionalized nylon 6 nanofibres for membrane water purification. The third team did their research on the sorption of oil using different food wastes grafted with fatty acids.
The Singapore Junior Water Prize is organized by the Lien Foundation and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and supported by the PUB, Singapore’s national water agency. It is a national competition to pick a winning team to represent Singapore at the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a prestigious award for outstanding water projects by young people, and seeks to encourage youths to show a keen interest in issues concerning water and the environment.
The winning team will now represent Singapore at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize to be held in August.
We would like to congratulate all teams and their teacher in charge, Mrs Sow-Peh Yoke Keow (Principal Consultant/ Research) for the excellent showing at the Singapore Junior Water Prize 2015, and hope that this will inspire their juniors to show the same passion for research.
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