Singapore Amazing Machine Competition 2015 where students demonstrate their hopes for Singapore in the next 50 years through their inventions

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Photo Credit: DSO National Laboratories (DSO) Minister Mr Lui Tuck Yew speaking with Cat A Championship winners from Kheng Cheng School at demonstration.

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This year, more than 200 students from 23 primary, secondary and pre-tertiary institutions took part in Singapore Amazing Machine Competition. The students developed and built 53 Rube Goldberg machines where simple task was performed in a complicated fashion which involved as many steps as possible. 

As this year, is Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, SG50, to mark and celebrate this special occasion, the competition required students to incorporate their vision for Singapore’s next 50 years in their respective machines to tell stories of Singapore’s past, present and future.  

Students taking part in the competition spend months to develop their ideas, test the conceptual machines and going back to the drawing board. The 53 teams taking part in the competition were given one day to bring their ideas to life by setting up their machines at Science Centre Singapore (SCS) on 28 August 2015. The judging process will be based on several criteria which included creativity, number of distinct scientific concepts involved, successful completion of the task and the quality of their presentations to the judges. Bonus points were awarded to teams for submitting videos of their learning journey which highlight the learning process behind developing their machines from the start to the final submission. 

The Guest-of-Honour Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Defence, presented the awards to the competition winners at the Awards Presentation Ceremony. 

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Photo Credit: DSO National Laboratories (DSO) Minister Mr Lui Tuck Yew observes demonstration of Cat C Championship winners’ machine

The Category C Winner from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) came up with a creation that told the story of how Singapore was transformed from Third World to First World Country within a short period of 50 years.

Its creation followed a series of scientific concepts and models such as Newton’s Cradle, falling dominoes and electric circuits to complete the formation of the characters forming “HAPPY” and “SG50” a letter at a time. The judges were impressed with the overall complexity demonstrated in their invention!

Additional Information:

Singapore Amazing Machine Competition is part of the DSO National Laboratories (DSO) Amazing Series of Competitions, an outreach programme aimed at promoting interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) amongst young Singaporeans across the primary to tertiary levels.

The programme’s ultimate goal is to raise the brand awareness of DSO as a national defence R&D organisation, and interest young Singaporeans in a career in defence science and technology.

Please click HERE for more information. 

Please click HERE to view videos of Rube Goldberg machines in action.

SeriousAboutPreschool.com launches Singapore’s Largest One-Stop Portal housing All enrichment centres under One Roof!

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Our Parenting World team was recently invited by Serious About Preschool to attend its launch party at Cool de Sac at Suntec City.

Thanks to Corrine Lam and Serious About Preschool, we get to try out 3 different programmes: Art and Craft, Right Brain Training and Speech and Drama specially arranged for our little ones to participate in. 

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Art and Craft session by Da Little School.

Children get to apply their creative juices to paint and decorate their very own jelly fish. Our little one has fun thinking of how to decorate his jelly fish, working on making his jelly fish special. 

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Right brain training by Henguru

Heguru is a right brain training program that is supposed to help enhance a child’s learning abilities. The lesson is conducted in a fun, lively way with lots of music and plenty of actions. 

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Speech and Drama by Julia Gabriel

The instructors from Julia Gabriel actively engaged the children through lively role-play and story-telling. Our little one enthusiastically take part and has so much fun performing in class. 

Through the three trial lessons, parents have a good idea whether the lessons are effective and most importantly whether their little ones will enjoy the class and would like to take up the programme. 

Introducing SeriousAboutPreschool.com launched by Corrine Lam, a mother of two little ones (one and three years old), the mompreneur has a keen understanding of the challenges that parents face in Singapore. With so many preschools and enrichment schools in Singapore, how do parents find out which school is suitable for their kid?

With a one-in-all portal like SeriousAboutPreschool.com, it certainly makes life easier for us, parents, to do an effective search for a suitable programme for our kids. This website is a Godsend as it has a HUGE database of over 4,000 Programs & 1,700 Enrichment Centres/ Branches in one portal offering information, discounts and parents’ reviews on enrichment courses for our little ones suitable for preschoolers between 0 to 6 years old! 

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It is very easy to use, please click HERE to begin your search. This is the only portal that consolidate everything with more than 1,700 enrichment centres and branches all over Singapore. With such a wide database, you can find your preferred school/programme for your child.

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If you are looking for parents with children around your child’s age, go to SeriousAboutPreschool.com, this is the only site of its kind to offer a Join A Community page to connect parents who have children of similar age groups. The enrichment portal also lists holiday and ad hoc programs according to age groups, it is so specific, you can even search for parents with children of similar age group right down to the month clusters. 

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SeriousAboutPreschool.com offers parents a rewards program for using its comprehensive site and parents can earn rewards points when they sign up for trial lessons for the first time. Extra reward points can be earned when parents write a review of the courses after attending and the points will elevate the parent’s status in using the website and open door to opportunities. 

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Top Charts page at SeriousAboutPreschool.com celebrates the most popular programmes and centres. This is a great way to stay apprised of the top discounts, free trials, and most popular programmes offered by its partnering centres. 

With so many advantages and SeriousAboutPreschool.com will help parents to save time seaching for schools/programmes and by using the portal, it will keep parents abreast of the latest programmes, promotions, discounts, trial classes and many more offered by the various schools in Singapore.

Try it out now and experience for yourself to find a suitable preschool/programme/class for your little ones from 0 to 6 years old. Please click HERE to go into Serious About Preschool’s website and please click HERE to go into its Facebook. 

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