SHELL STEM CHALLENGE 2019 – 2ND RUNNERS-UP
The Shell STEM Challenge is an annual competition organized by Science Centre, sponsored by Shell and supported by MOE. This year, the challenge takes the form of the NXplorers, an innovative educational programme that introduces young people to systematic thinking approaches to generate creative and practical solutions to problems related to the food-water-energy nexus. 5 teams of our students took part in the challenge with more than 84 teams from other schools – 2 teams came in top 10 after the first round, one team came in top 5 after the second round and emerged 2nd runners-up in the final round! The team comprising Eugene Wen Siang Koh, Shannen Lin Ying Ying, Brian Davidson Fok Zhendao and Eldon Chng (all from 3E3) received an all-expenses-paid study trip and prizes worth $12,750. Team HIGHLIGHTER comprising Jolie Tan, Yeo Sze Yun, Gwyneth, Lim Kun Yan, Markus and Lang Wen Bo (all from 3E3) who also came in among the top 10, received $250 worth of Capitaland Vouchers.
Top 10 teams after the first round were given the opportunity to visit various industries to gain deeper insights on their Nexus problem before the second round, where students pitched their ideas to garner support from the Shell mentors to further develop their idea into a full-fledge prototype.
After the second round, the top 5 teams were given the chance to develop their prototype with the support of Shell and Science Centre. Our team worked tirelessly over 6 months to experiment, create their prototype and develop a model to simulate the application of their prototype in a real-world scenario. We are heartened to see the passion and resilience of the students as they worked through many iterations of their prototype to ensure its viability.
In the riveting finals held at the newly launched Future Makers Exhibition at Science Centre on 19th July, our team proved to be persuasive communicators as they presented their prototype to the judges and visitors, garnering many votes from the visitors for their refreshing idea and finally emerged as 2nd Runners-Up in the competition!