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2015 ACJC Science & Innovation Symposium

The Next 50


On 1st April, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) hosted the 2015 ACJC Science and Innovation Symposium for over 380 participants – an event boasting a series of exhibitions, experiments and events. As our Vice-Principal, Mr David D'Souza, explained in his opening address, the symposium, titled in celebration of SG50, centred around Singapore’s past achievements and future potential in fields of scientific research and study.
 
In his keynote address, Director of Research and Horticulture at Gardens by the Bay, Dr. Adrian Loo, explained the relevance of horticulture to scientific research in Singapore, especially in the conceptualisation and creation of the beautiful Gardens by the Bay. Dr. Loo’s insights prompted participants to think not only about the splendour of the Gardens but also their role in capturing the vision of Singapore as a leading global garden city in the 21st century. Through his enlightening talk, participants gained a deeper understanding of the role of science and innovation in ordinary and extraordinary contexts and the importance of research as the ultimate quest for truth.

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Mr David D'Souza (above) and Dr Adrian Loo (below) giving their addresses at the symposium.

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The exhibition in the foyer introduced participants to the application of science in areas such as computer and medical sciences, as well as electrical and biological engineering. Our students’ research efforts, in collaboration with A*STAR Singapore and the Nanyang Research Programme, were proudly displayed, with student researchers on hand to present their efforts. This huge exhibition also included efforts from ACJC alumni, the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, who thrilled the crowd with exciting exhibitions such as a rehabilitative DragonSox robotic ankle device and stunning XSAT satellite images.
 
In the hub, interactive displays focused on Singapore’s scientific achievements in essential areas such as Water and Waste Management, Defense Science, and Material Science. From studies of SARS and Chikungunya, to the development of the SAR-21 rifle and the role of titanium oxide in obtaining clean water and energy, the engaging and informative exhibitions left many participants eager to explore more.

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Original work of students was showcased

Participants also had the opportunity to participate in various interesting workshops and experiments where they studied infectious diseases, whipped up scrumptious truffles, beheld colour changes in fluorescent mixtures, learnt the principle of catalysis and explored nanotechnology. Additionally, a physics-based team competition saw participants trying to recreate Leonardo Da Vinci’s Self-Supporting Bridge, counter attacks with blowpipes and race across a non-Newtonian fluid that mimicked quicksand. The creativity of the participants and their ability to innovate and apply scientific concepts were challenged as they demonstrated teamwork, passion and knowledge of Physics.

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             Participants conducting hands-on experiments

At the closing ceremony, Mr D’Souza presented prizes to the winners of the ACJC Science Essay Competition. This drew the curtain on yet another exhilarating ACJC Science and Innovation Symposium - the success of which would not have been possible without the contributions of ACJC Science teachers, alumni members, student volunteers and all partners who have supported the symposium in one way or another.

Written by:
Heather Seet, Brendan Loon, Jaime Goh (2AH) and Liew Mei Xin (1SA2)