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The Singapore Science & Engineering Fair 2017 was held on 8 & 9 March. This is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) for students to showcase their passion in research in the various fields through communication of their findings to experts from the industry.
This year, ACJC submitted 23 projects of which 11 were shortlisted for the final judging on 8 March 2017. We are pleased to share that the following projects received awards:
• Silver Award – ‘Developing an Experimental Test Rig to Model the Mechanical Behaviour of Skin with Abdominal/Pelvic Adhesions’ by Cai Yutong (2SC3)
• Bronze Award – ‘Automatic emotion recognition from human speech using machine learning’ by Zhang Liu (2AD1)
• Merit Award – ‘Buffering Infirmity: Telomere Length and Function-Retention in Old Age’ by Aquila Michiryu Abigail (2SC6)
It was also heartening to hear from our finalists that, the entire research journey as well as the SSEF experience has made a large impact on them.
One of our finalists, Lynette Lim (2SC6), shares her experience: “My research project on ‘Semiconductor heterostructural nanomaterials for solar energy harvesting applications’ really opened my door to the world of research. I was first shown the different lab facilities and also how research was conducted. As a biology student and taking a research based on physics principles, the concepts learnt were initially tough but definitely interesting as they were not what we students learnt in college. Despite the tough and at times, puzzling, research process, the year of experimenting and learning together with the yield made this whole journey enriching. In SSEF, being able to share insights and learn from the judges and experts made me realise how passionate one can truly be in the world of research.’
Our merit award recipient, Aquila Michiryu Abigail (2SC6) also shares how the experience has benefitted him: “My research experience was enlightening. Throughout the entire research process, I had the opportunity to interact with various scientists from the Department of Paediatrics at the National University of Singapore. On top of that, I had the first-hand experience in conducting Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) that is included in the H2 Biology syllabus and learned about regression that is also included in the H2 Mathematics syllabus. Participating in the 17th Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) was also rewarding as I could share my project with scientists from different backgrounds and gain insights on the projects conducted by other students. In short, science research has been a wonderful experience for me!”
We are thankful to our Science heads and Mr Ng Boon Leong for their guidance, and Ms Adeline Cheong for her dedication in coordinating the preparations. We will continue to support our research students through our science excellence programme so that they can put in their best at every step of the journey.
To God Be The Glory, The Best Is Yet To Be!