This win has also given Punggol Primary School the privilege of performing at the Singapore Science Festival 2014, which will be held from 18 July to 3 August 2014.
SSYSF Stage! Is a drama competition which encourages primary school students to explore new concepts and translate their learning of science into creative productions on stage. This year’s theme, “Crystals – More Than Meets The Eye”, challenged students to produce a skit on the science behind crystals.
A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, said, “The subject of crystals provides a very good platform for students to share the wonders of science and how it underpins most technological developments in our modern society. We see it in solar cells and semiconductors. Crystals also allows us to open up our children’s eyes and minds to the beauty that can be found in science”.
Competition was intense this year as more than 320 students from various primary schools showcased their creativity and scientific knowledge to compete for the finalist spots. Some topics they explored included crystals in nature, crystals/mineral formation, crystal patterns, beauty of crystals and why they are valued, and crystals and modern technology.
Winning team Punggol Primary School compared the formation of diamonds versus that of snowflakes and how every crystal is unique. Another finalist team from Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School expounded on atomic theory in their skit, explaining how atoms form the building blocks of all things on Earth through exploring crystal formations. Yet another finalist team, Rivervale Primary School, shared a story about a boy who learnt the importance of crystals in health sciences and modern technology.
“The world is in need of more inventors and scientists to solve many of the global challenges today. Shell is pleased to work with the SSYSF’s organisers to give students this unique platform to express their understanding of science through the creative medium of drama. Through this experience, we hope to inspire more students to continue their scientific journeys and to pursue a deep and life-long interest in science,” said Mavis Kuek, General Manager, Communications and Government Relations, Shell Companies in Singapore.
SSYSF is a national annual event jointly organised by the Science Centre Singapore, the Science Teachers Association of Singapore and Shell Companies in Singapore. Introduced in 1978 and stepping into its 37th year, SSYSF seeks to foster an interest in our youths for science and technology and provides a platform for students and teachers to engage in projects and discussions beyond their curriculum.