Amazing Science-X Challenge 2016
Eight years ago, the Faculty, DSO National Laboratories and Science Centre Singapore came together to organise the Amazing Science X-Challenge (ASXC). More than 900 teams and 2,700 primary to tertiary-level students have participated in the event to date.
The ASXC serves as a unique platform for participants to share science via interactive and exciting science exhibits. ASXC 2016, taking place from 4 April to 25 August, once again challenged teams to design and build standalone exhibits that explain a physical science phenomenon.
ASXC 2016 drew a record-breaking number of 172 entries from schools and tertiary institutions. The participants were grouped in categories – Categories A (Primary schools), B (Secondary and Integrated Programmes [IP] schools [Years 1-4] and below), C (Secondary and IP schools [Years 5-6], junior colleges, Institutes of Technical Education [ITEs] and below) and D (Open to everyone, including students in polytechnics and universities).
Guest-of-Honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin OSMAN, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “In our current day and age, we need innovations more than ever. Be it in defence, or to work towards our dream to be the world’s first smart nation. The possibilities are endless. The spirit of invention is to stay curious and keep innovating.”
Staff from the Faculty provided advice and guidance on the teams’ exhibits through a series of workshops and advisory clinics. Exhibits this year included those that illustrate the physics of swerving soccer balls, magnetic braking in trains and focusing of sound waves via a ‘sound lens’.
On their participation in ASXC 2016, Team 2 from CHIJ St Joseph Convent, Category B, said, “We wanted to interact with things that were out of the syllabus, which we could apply in real life. We learnt more about the different aspects of science. We also benefitted by learning from other students’ experiments.”
Team Falcon X from Victoria School, Category B, said, “The mentors suggested adding in various functions and we were able to transform our demonstration into a reusable exhibit by members of the public.”
ACTeam Ganesh from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Category C, said, “This competition enables students to discover unique concepts and learn more about not just physics, but science in general.”
Mr LIM Khan, DSO National Laboratories, Chief Judge of ASXC 2016, said, “The ASXC offers a good opportunity for students to use some of their classroom knowledge to create something.”
Prof GOH Say Song, Vice Dean, Outreach & Admissions, NUS Faculty of Science, said, “In Science, we talk about the wonderful and mysterious things that nature and reality present us, and we deal with them. The Amazing Science-X Challenge serves as another platform for our young participants to share science.”
Team M.A.D. from NUS’ Special Programme in Science (SPS), Category D, said, “Everyone who loves science should join this competition because they can not only have fun making the exhibits, they can also play a part in inspiring interest in science in the next generation.”
Two teams from the NUS SPS participated in the challenge, with both emerging as winners of the Silver Medal in the Open Category. Team M.A.D. also won the Log Book Prize, which was a testimony of their diligence in documenting their scientific journey culminating with the exhibition.
SPS’ Assistant Director, Mr Andreas DEWANTO, was also one of the three team advisors who received the inaugural Special Recognition Award for SPS' consistent contribution to the ASXC over the years. Mr Dewanto said, "Since SPS was first involved in ASXC in 2012, we never missed sending a team every year. We also never came home empty-handed. As of now, the medal tally is two Golds, two Silvers, and four Special Mentions. I attribute this success to the initiative and hard work of the SPS students. When we send a team to ASXC, it is with the support and cheers from the whole SPS community."
The ASXC 2016 video highlights and photo gallery are available for viewing on their Facebook page.
Staff from the Science Demonstration Lab (SDL), Faculty of Science, conducted exciting workshops on science phenomenon and advised participants on their experiments
A participant from Category B explained his team’s experiment to the Guest-of-Honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman
Team M.A.D. received their Log Book Prize from Prof SOW Chorng Haur, Head, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science