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ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS 2013


Green Wave Environmental Care Competition

The objective of Sembawang Shipyard’s Green Wave Environmental Care Competition is to inculcate awareness and motivate students to gain a sense of personal and group responsibility for their own environment. It is hoped that in the process, this would promote innovative thinking among students, encouraging them to develop new ideas, processes and equipment for the betterment of our environment.

At the 2013 Sembawang Shipyard’s Green Wave Environmental Care Project for Schools’ Awards Ceremony, the team comprising Year 4 students Mavis Tan Xuanru and Tay Min Yi, mentored by Mr Shaun De Souza, performed exceptionally well. The team was awarded the 1st Prize Award of $6,000.00 in the Secondary School category for their project was titled “Development of a Low Cost Water Treatment Filter”.

NATIONAL SCIENCE CHALLENGE 2013

After edging out the teams from Raffles Institution and NUS High School of Math & Science, RGS team emerged Grand Champion at the National Science Challenge 2013! Members of the RGS team are:

Amanda Yung (306)
Doreen Goh (306)
Helen Lin (307)
Laura Phua (310)
Li Jia Qi (306)
Xiao Shiwei (301)

The National Science Challenge is a nation-wide inter-school science competition where Secondary Three students from schools across Singapore compete in a range of science activities consisting of both indoor and outdoor challenges.

For those who may have missed the episode or wish to relieve exciting moments of the competition, you may view it here​.

NATIONAL F1 IN SCHOOLS TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

10 teams from RGS participated in the recently completed National F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. Held on 23 and 24 July 2013 at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the F1 Challenge was truly an amazing experience for RGS girls.

An RGS team emerged Overall Champions in the Bloodhound Class and will be representing Singapore in next year's F1 in Schools World Finals.

In addition, the RGS teams obtained the following awards:

Bloodhound Class Car
1. Best in Team Identity - Team Infinite
2. Best in Marketing and Sponsorhip - Team Phoenix Legacy
3. Best in Car Manufacturing - Team Transcendence

F1 Class Car
1. Best in Marketing and Sponsorship - Team Anemoi
2. Best in Car Manufacturing - Team X-treme

Photos​ from the National F1 in Schools Technology Challenge

F1 in Schools - About the Challenge​​

2013 GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR

Creating a world-class science project is no easy task and this year, thousands of 13-18 year olds from more than 120 countries submitted their project to the third annual Google Science Fair. Upon deliberation, Google announced the 15 finalists from their top 90 regional finalists​.​

The 15 finalists will join Google at their Mountain View headquarters on 23 September 2013 to present their projects to an international panel of esteemed scientists for the final round of judging. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 10 day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, $50,000 in scholarship funding and more.

One of the 15 finalists is an RGS team consisting of team members Kang Yi Xi, Kwok Ling Yi Samantha and Lim Guan Hui Tricia. The team's project titled "Efficacy of Estrogens and Progesterone in Hepatic Fibrosuppression", explores regressive properties of progesterone, estriol, and estrone in hepatic fibrosis, a scarring process caused by liver inflamation. The project aims to find the hormone most potent in its regressive properties in rat hepatic stellate cell (HSC) cultures, to obtain the lowest effective dosage and hence, reduce side effects of the therapy. The team treated activated HSC-T6 cells with hormones, and quantified fibrotic markers to determine treatment efficacy. The research could provide insight into treatment modalities for potential estrogen-deficient patients.

RGS CMPS TEAM AWARDED THE ‘GRAND CHAMPION’

At the 2013 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference, RGS teams once again did the school proud. Results:

1. Community Problem Solving Competition


Middle Division

Project W.I.S.H. (Wings In Singapore Heartland) - Grand Champion

Synopsis: Project W.I.S.H. aims to tackle the problem of urban nature deficit, the lack of meaningful interaction between children and nature, caused by the rising trends of urbanisation. As a solution, Project W.I.S.H. chose to adopt the Butterfly Trail @ Orchard, a trail of butterfly gardens along the shopping district at Orchard Road, to encourage increased involvement with nature. With heartening responses towards the various workshops conducted, sharing and collaborations with various schools and organisations, outreach events, publicity campaigns, fundraisers and the publishing of a children's book, the team has been greatly encouraged to further inculcate a sense of stewardship toward urban nature in children and families.

Project GOLD - 1st Place (Health Concerns & Human Services)

Synopsis: Project GOLD aims to promote active ageing amongst the elderly in Singapore. The team's solution is to design and implement a series of activities targeting physical, social and intellectual health of the elderly in a selected Senior Activity Centre (SAC). Activities conducted were compiled into a programme (called the GOLD programme) that could be replicated in other SAC's nation-wide. Through an outreach programme, volunteers would be recruited and trained, and partnerships with relevant stakeholders would be established. This would, in the long run, spread the message of active ageing and see the adoption of the GOLD programme across the country.

Senior Division

Project G.L.A.M. (Great Labelling Awareness Mission) - 2nd Place (Health Concerns & Human Services)

Synopsis: 2 million people die each year from asphyxia due to food allergens. Locally, 40% of our population suffers from such allergies and yet there is a severe lack of awareness on the issue - with close to zero food enterprises labelling their allergens, posing a serious threat to food safety and human life. Project G.L.A.M. aims to advocate for the labelling of allergens in unpackaged food, by increasing support and awareness for this issue through outreach to key stakeholders in society, and the push for labelling legislations of common allergens in the long run.

2. Global Issues Problem Solving

Multi-Affliate Global Issues Competition (Team Competition)

RGS student Yong Xin Jie won 2nd place.

The 2013 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference was held at the Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, USA from 6-9 June 2013.

WINNERS!!! - RANATRA FUSCA CREATIVITY AWARD

The winning RGS team​ (first time a Singapore team has won this  award) received outstanding comments from the organisers of the Odyssey of the Mind 2013 World Finals. A snippet of which stated - "This team transformed trash into a truly special backdrop and ramp. The team cut straws into various lengths that, when looked at from a distance, created Lady Gaga's face on the side of the ramp. The visually stunning face was adorned with a motorised flower that could spin. The team also constructed a mosaic backdrop with various trash items such as spoons, beans, pasta and more. It formed a portrait of the band KISS, and a Lady Gaga costume so over-the-top that it would impress the star herself."  

The Odyssey of the Mind 2013 World Finals Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award is given to a team of individuals for demonstrating outstanding creativity. This award embodies all that the Odyssey of the Mind program represents.​

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students up to the college levels. Participants apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Thousands of teams from throughout the US and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. The World Finals was held at the Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, from 22-25 May 2013.

A total of 8 RGS teams​ took part in the competition this year and have done the school proud by being placed in the top 20!