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Hwa Chong Students Make Ideas Become Reality

14 Jun 2016
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From 1 to 5 June 2016, 3 Hwa Chong teams participated in the Community Problem Solving Programme (CmPs) category at the Future Problem Solving Program International  Conference (FPSPIC) held at Michigan State University.

Project IDentity was mentored by Mrs Jean Ng-Ong Ee Chin and Mrs Anuradha Boyanapali. The team competed in the Education category.

From Left to Right: Mrs Jean Ng- Ong Ee Chin (Lecturer/ English), Yiik Chia (16S7A), Tong Chen Rong (16S73), Ong Yong Zhi Chalmers (16S68), Keefe Ng Wee Siong (16S74), Darrick Poh Yi Xuan (16S76)

Darrick Poh Yi Xuan (16S76) shared that:

          “The past 2 years of service at APSN Katong School and MINDS has been an eye-opening experience for all of us. Through our interaction with these students, we have become more empathetic and appreciative of what we have after witnessing the many problems and challenges they faced. We are also humbled by the students' display of resilience and hard work. This has been a fruitful and rewarding journey for all of us and it is definitely an area we wish to continue serving in."

Here’s the team that competed in the 2015 FPSP National Finals:

From Left to Right: Tong Chen Rong (16S73), Bryan Ong Li Ming (16S6K), Ong Yong Zhi Chalmers (16S68), Yiik Chia (16S7A), Keefe Ng Wee Siong (16S74), Chan Yi Xuan (16S6F), Darrick Poh Yi Xuan (16S76), Glenn Bjorn Chia Yikai (16S6A)

Project Allevi-Aid was mentored by Mr Tan Chin Leong Vincent (High School Teacher Counsellor). They competed in the Human Services and Environment sub-category.

          “Being able to participate in the FPSP International Conference in Michigan this year was an eye-opening and unique experience for all of us in the team… Our team was faced with a challenge of having only three members available to participate in the International Conference. Eventually, we were able to utilise our respective strengths and complete our project materials on time. The team has developed a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie. It was truly heartening for me to learn about the multitude of projects all around the globe. Ranging from homelessness to even cancer awareness, the projects were an exposure to the world around us. I have learnt to look beyond bread and butter issues to further serve the community to the best of my ability.” (Markus Leo, 15S6Q)

From Left to Right: Tan Jian Yan (16A11), Markus Leo (16S6Q), Lee Sheng Kiat (16S72)

Here’s the team that competed in the 2015 FPSP National Finals:

Front Row (From Left to Right):
Lee Sheng Kiat (16S72), Ng Rui Feng Wilson (16S66), Wu Kai Fong Brandon (16S6D)

Back Row (From Left to Right):
Tan Yik Rong Regan (16S67), Tan Jian Yan (16A11), Markus Leo (16S6Q), Fong Ngiap Syn Alvin (16S6C), Mr Tan Ching Leong Vincent (Teacher Mentor)

Project Ulu Pandan: When Past Meets the Present was mentored by Ms Tay Yan Hoon. They competed in the Civics/Cultural Issues and Health sub-category. We wish to congratulate Project Ulu Pandan for emerging as the overall champion in the Community Problem Solving Competition Senior Division. Initiated in 2015 as a means of celebrating SG50 by establishing discussion platforms for Ulu Pandan’s cultural identity, the scope of the project was later extended to raising awareness and cultivating interest about Ulu Pandan’s cultural heritage.

From Left to Right: Ang Le Shaun (16S63), Teo Boyu (16A11), Leonard Zhang Lei Yao (16S6J), Justin Soh En Yong (16S62)

Ms Tay Yan Hoon (High School Lecturer/ English Language) remarked that:

          “It was an inspiring journey to witness the team’s show of grit and camaraderie in the 1.5 years of work, as community problem solvers. In the words of Mark Twain, we explored, dreamed and discovered.”

Here’s the team that competed in the 2015 FPSP National Finals:

From Left to Right: Ang Le Shaun (16S63), Hung Eu Leon (16S62), Leonard Zhang Lei Yao (16S6J), Lee Nian En, Samuel (16S7J), Justin Soh En Yong (16S62), Lee Xuan Hua (16S6P), Teo Boyu (16A11)

We would like to congratulate all 3 teams for attaining top 3 placings at the FPSP National Finals held at Raffles Girls’ School from 29-30 October 2015 and Project Ulu Pandan: When Past Meets the Present for attaining the world championship title at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference, Michigan, USA.

Congratulations also to the teacher mentors of these teams: Mrs Jean Ng-Ong Ee Chin (Lecturer/ English), Mrs Anuradha Boyanapali (Education Consultant/ Student Development) Mr Mr Tan Chin Leong Vincent (Teacher Counsellor) and Ms Tay Yan Hoon (Lecturer/ English Language).

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