“This Shell Science Fair has developed some of Singapore’s brightest minds, inspiring them to research and solve some great scientific problems and become important scientific individuals in our society,” said Dr Tan Tin Wee, Chairman Computational Resource Centre, A*Star and Guest-of-Honour at the Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival 2012.

Pre-university and secondary students were awarded for their innovation in sustainable energy solutions at the Shell Science Fair at the Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival 2012 (SSYSF) today.

For the first time in 35 years, five students from the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) -NUS Science IN ³ Programme showcased their ingenuity and creativity in scientific research at SSYSF 2012.  This collaborative effort between CDAC and NUS to help needy students develop their interest and potential in science and research resulted in their participation and selection as finalists. 

“I am truly proud of this achievement by the two teams. They’ve done extremely well for themselves and I am confident that this recognition will boost confidence.  We hope that this IN³ Programme develops in social mobility.” Gam Huey Yi, Senior Manager, Student Education & Development and Corporate Communications, CDAC.

Right to left:- Mentor from NUS, Dr Wang Shuai and student beneficiaries Lau Zhi Heng, Louis Low, Camille Chang Wei Qi, explain their research on solar cells from local fruit dyes to Guest of Honour A/Prof Tan Tin Wee, Mr Abdul Mannan Mohd Ibrahim, Chairman of SSYSF 2012 Organising Committee, and A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore.

Mr. Abdul Mannan Modh Ibrahim, Chairperson of SSYSF 2012 organising committee highlighted that the theme for the competition this year, ‘Achieving Sustainable Energy for All’ is particularly significant as 2012 is declared the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All by the United Nations General Assembly.

For the first time the submissions for the competition were done via multimedia presentation. Some of the innovative projects explored unique solutions like how hair can be a source of Biofuel; and whether hydrogen fuel can be produced from urine.

Some of the other unique projects are as follows (View the projects on YouTube):

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About Science Centre Singapore:

The Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution dedicated to the promotion of science and technology among students and members of the public. As a leading Science Centre in the region, the Science Centre Singapore has twelve exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 18,000 sq metres of outdoor space showcasing the Waterworks, Ecogarden and the Kinetic Garden exhibits. The Centre also houses the Omni-Theatre — Singapore’s only dome shaped, 5-storey high theatre with a capacity of 276 seats. The Science Centre, with Omni-Theatre and Snow City, received more than 1.55 million visitors for FY2009/2010. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg