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singapore space challenge 2015

During the November-December holidays, three RGS teams participated in the Satellite Systems Parameters Category, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Category, and the Space and Medical Science Category of the Singapore Space Challenge 2015. They performed admirably, with two of the teams emerging 2nd Runners-up in their respective categories despite strong competition from participants from tertiary institutes.

Team MembersCompetition CategoryAchievement
Rachel Qing Pang (Year 3)
Su Hong Yun (Year 3)
Ying Fangfei Anna
 (Year 3)
Zhu Xiuhua
 (Year 3)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles2nd Runners-up
Chloe Yong (Year 4)
Liu Bingyu (Year 4)
Lu Ouyuan
 (Year 4)
Liu Wanrui
 (Year 4)
Space and Medical Science2nd Runners-up
Lim Zhi Yi Vanessa (Year 3)
Yap Yingtong (Year 3)
Koh Jing Wen Monica (Year 3)
Koh Rachel (Year 3)
Satellite Systems Parameters Participation 

RGS Teams with their teacher advisor.jpg   RGS team members (from left) Zhu Xiuhua, Rachel Qing Pang, Chloe Young, Liu Wanrui and Lu Ouyuan, with their
   teacher-advisor Mr Shaun De Souza.

The Singapore Space Challenge is an annual prestigious national design competition that challenges student teams (between the ages of 15-25 years) to design realistic space-related and high technology complex projects, where the objectives are to:
  • inspire space interests among youths and encourage participation in space-related activities
  • ignite and fuel the young generation's interest in STEM through SSC's exciting and out-of-the-world projects
  • encourage creative engineering concepts that furthers innovations and advancements in space and non-space developments
  • be a platform for students, academia and the industry to interact and align the technical and research areas
  • educate the public on the applications of space technology in our everyday lives.

Environment challenge for schools

RGS Year 3 students Toh Yan Ling, Julina Seet, Sharmayne Lim Zhiyu, Lim En Li Coco, Lim Jia Min, Yeo Ke Xin, Tan Su Yin and Valerie Koh Hui Yi took part in the Environment Challenge for Schools and clinched the Merit award for their project 'The Bottlement', which is an idea to turn polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles into 3D printing filaments in hopes of reducing plastic waste and recycling PET bottles into another form of economically viable plastic.

Organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Challenge is a national-level competition where schools partner organisations to co-create solutions to solve local environmental challenges.

Team EPIC 4.jpg                  From left to right: (first row) Jia Min, Julina, Yan Ling, (second row) Su Yin, Sharmayne, Coco and Ke Xin,
                  along with Mr Chia Ngiang Hong, Group General Manager of City Development Ltd (CDL was the corporate
                  partner for the project) and Teacher-Mentor Mrs Marie Huang.

Team EPIC 3.jpgTeam EPIC 2.jpg

The students also had the opportunity to showcase their project at the NEA Clean and Green SG50 Environment Fair, held from 30 October to 1 November 2015, and were able to present their ideas to notable guests such as Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean.

singapore junior chemistry olympiad 2015

A team of RGS Years 3 and 4 students took part in the Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad (SJChO) and achieved the following results after two rounds of competition:

Name of StudentAchievement
Clara-Ann Cheng Ling (Year 4)Gold
Joey Lee Jia Yi (Year 4)Gold
Tang Yimian (Year 4)  Gold
 Yi Chongwen (Year 4)Gold 
 Phoebe Zhou Huixin (Year 4)Silver 
 Swathi Nachiar Manivannan (Year 4) Silver
 Ying Fangfei Anna (Year 3)Silver 
Amelia Chay Fang Ting (Year 4) Bronze 
 Chao Zong-Ying Beatrice (Year 4)Bronze 
Lee Estelle (Year 3) Bronze 
 Tan Qian Wei (Year 4)Bronze 
 Wang Huaijin (Year 4)Bronze 
Yung Jia Hui (Year 3) Bronze 

The SJChO is a competition organised by the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry, in partnership with NUS High School of Math & Science, Nanyang Polytechnic and supported by the Ministry of Education and the National University of Singapore. Started in 2010, the competition provides a platform for all upper secondary (or equivalent levels) students to challenge themselves in the chemical knowledge and skills. It also seeks to promote the excitement in learning and doing Chemistry as well as to identify and develop chemistry talents.

For more information on the competition, please click here.

Asian science quiz tournaments

Four RGS teams participated in the inaugural Asian Science Quiz Tournaments (ASQT), with one of the teams achieving 3rd place in the competition. Year 3 student Liu Xin, also achieved the Top Individual Player Award. 

Team 1
Names of StudentsAchievement
Cherie-Anne Lee Shi Xian (Year 2)
Kelly Siah (Year 4)
Joelle Lim (Year 4)
Ho Choy Mun Gabrielle (Year 2)

Team 2
Names of StudentsAchievements
Liu Xin (Year 3)
Yung Jia Hui (Year 3)
Preethi Muthukumar (Year 3)
Koh Rui Qi (Year 3)
3rd Place
Top Individual Player Award (awarded to student Liu Xin)

Team 3
Names of StudentsAchievement
Grace Choo Yu Xuan (Year 3)
Lee Jie Ying Beatrice (Year 3)
Leo Zhenn Yi (Year 3)

Team 4
Names of StudentsAchievement
Wang Beini (Year 4)
Wong Hui Ning Avril (Year 4)
Zhou Xiao Jian (Year 4)
Wang Huaijin (Year 4)

ASQT4.jpg                          RGS Team that came in 3rd (from left): Year 3 students Koh Rui Qi, Liu Xin, Preethi Muthukumar
                         and Yung Jia Hui. Liu Xin was also awarded the Top Individual Player Award for the competition.

The ASQT aims to provide opportunities for secondary schools in Singapore to compete in STEM related competitions. Held for the first time, it is a science-specific quiz bowl competition that draws on questions from a variety of scientific disciplines. For more information on the competition, please click here.

2015 Youth Science conference

The Youth Science Conference (YSC) is the culminating event of the Science Mentorship Programmes organised by the Gifted Education Branch, Ministry of Education. The programmes are structured with the aim of developing students' interest and talent in scientific research, providing opportunities for students with interest and aptitude in science to deepen their knowledge in a particular area, helping them learn about the latest research developments and to be challenged by the intellectually stimulating process of scientific research.

At the 2015 YSC Prize Giving Ceremony held on 19 September at University Town, National University of Singapore, 13 SMP teams and seven SB-SMP teams made up of Year 3 students from RGS were honoured for their participation in the programme. The following were the awards presented to the RGS teams:

SMP Projects
Names of StudentsAchievementProject Title
Dai Jingwen Annie
Tan Tze Ern Shannon
3M Best Poster and DistinctionSpeech analysis and depression in female adults
Tan Jing Yi
Tan Jing Xuan
DistinctionDesign of mobile imaging system for wound assessment
 Tay Yong Ling
Wong Jiaying Clarice
Distinction Teaching a robot how to tell stories 
Lee Estelle
Lim Zhi Yi Vanessa
Ang Hui Shan 
 Distinction Singaporean Hokkien speech recognition and applications
Vicky Qu Qianqian
Karen Wong Jia Yi
Rachel Goh Ern Si 
Distinction  Therapeutic peptides: A step towards designing novel antibiotics
Esther Lim Minen
Ying Fangfei Anna
Xu Ruochen 
Distinction  Efficacy of transdermal cream for sports performance
Ong Hui Juan
Xu Zhizhi
Yu Yiliu 
 DistinctionFuzzing for security vulnerabilities 
 Li Peiyao
Tsai Qi Yun Shalynn
Koh Rachel
 DistinctionClassification of non-native plants in Singapore using DNA barcoding 
 Li Anqi
Chin Shuen Ern
Huang Xueli
 Merit Distance of graphs obtained by connecting cycles
Clarissa Lim Shu Wei
Jovi Koh Li
Chua Jia Ying 
 Merit Securing communication link for low cost embedded systems
 Teo York Tiang Andrea
Goh Shi En Ruth
Toh Jan Li Charmaine
 MeritRecycling natural organics into useful bio-materials 
 Zhu Xiuhua
Zhang Xinyi
 MeritAcoustic modes and resonances 
 Somakala Subbaraman
Ding Ning Ke
Louise Kuan Yong Qi
Merit Crystallographic refinement studies on oxides 

SB-SMP Projects
Name of StudentsAchievementProject Title
Su Hong Yun
Yap Yingtong
Shin Jiyeon
3M Best Poster and GoldEffect of Panax ginseng on Hydra magnipapillata Stem Cell Regeneration
Claire Goh Xin Yi
Rachel Tang Su-En
Neo Tung Yin
GoldThe Regeneration of Hydra magnipapillata stem cells using Astragalus membranaceus
Grace Lee Wen Xin
Teh Li Yan Christine
Goh Yiyou Terre 
 SilverSpore-breaking methods and resultant medicinal effectiveness of Ganoderma lucidum 
 Aveline Chow Minger
Ashlyn Ng Xuanqi
Lei Zemin
 SilverApplication of different soil systems on a miniature vertical farm 
Goh Jia Lin Kellisa
Wang Jieying
Jacqueline Tan Hui Juan 
 SilverEffectiveness of AOPs on various compounds found in greywater 
Wee Ee Dawn
Ng Yu Xin
Grace Lau 
Bronze  Effect of different disinfectants in swimming pool water on the physical external surface and tensile strength of human hair
 Miki Ng Min Qi
Stephanie Low Jingying
Soon Weilin
Participation  Comparative study of selected fruit peel in stimulating growth in chilli plants

This year, a total of 132 projects were involved in the Science Mentorship Programmes, including 52 School-Based Science Mentorship Programme (SB-SMP) projects.


Participants from RGS for the 2015 Youth Science Conference.


A team of RGS Year 1 students emerged as overall Champion in the Secondary (Year 1-3) division at the Singapore Amazing Machine Competition (SAMC) 2015.

In line with SG50 celebrations, participants were challenged to find creative ways to form the message "SG50" and students Coco Liu, Suan Enhui, K. Sarvesha and Ramachandran Praveena did so by coming up with a machine with a portrait painted on wood panels, that upon a series of chain reaction, will flip and reveal another portrait in the telling of the Singapore story. Click here for a glimpse of how their machine works!

The SAMC is a science competition where teams dream up and construct a complex machine that performs a seemingly simple task in as many steps as possible. This competition rewards the inventive spirit, and teams will be challenged to showcase their creativity and problem solving skills.

C9F8ED79-AC36-484C-8507-A526FE5493132BE3790D-2B11-4010-9C96-485A2A9F0D30.jpeg                                           By staying focused on their target and aim, (clockwise from bottom left)
                                           students Ramachandran Praveena, Suan Enhui, Coco Liu and K. Sarvesha 
                                           managed to come up with an intricate machine in two weeks, which eventually
                                           won them the first prize at the Singapore Amazing Machine Competition 2015.

29aug15_news3.JPG                         The team together with their teacher-mentor Ms Sharon Siow.

MOE-nus amazing lab race

Two teams from RGS participated in the MOE-NUS Amazing Lab Race. Held on 12 August, the competition saw a total of 18 teams from various schools racing around the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore solving problems. Despite intense competition, one of the RGS teams achieved a commendable 2nd Runners-up for the race.

Pic1.JPG                                2nd Runners-up team (from left): Year 3 students Chin Shuen Ern, Wong Qi Hua,
                                Liu Xin (Team Leader), Ying Fangfei Anna and Jacqueline Tan Hui Juan.

Pic2.JPG                                Certificates of Participation were also presented to (from left): Year 2 student Cherie-Anne
                                Lee Shi Xian, Year 3 students Koh Jing Wen Monica, Yap Yingtong (Team Leader),
                                Li Peiyao and Koh Rachel.

The MOE-NUS Amazing Lab Race is aimed at enthusing students about the field of engineering through hands-on experiments and creative problem-solving tasks involving practical applications of Physics and Mathematics.

Google science fair 2015

Three RGS teams were shortlisted as regional finalists for the Google Science Fair 2015. They are:
Name of StudentsProject Title
Kelly Siah Xinjie (Year 4)
Felicia Tai Ying Fei (from NUS High School)
Reflectarray Antenna Design
Yi Chongwen (Year 4)
Swathi Nachiar Manivannan (Year 4)
Wang Beini (Year 4)
Characterising the Vaccine Delivery Efficiency of Nanocomposite Materials
Ho Chih Ying (Year 4)
Grace Shen Shen (Year 4) 
 Investigation and Fabrication of Superhydrophobic Surfaces

One team from Raffles Institution, consisting of RGS alumnae, was also one of the teams shortlisted for the competition:
Name of StudentsProject Title
Soh Hui Ling
Kwok Ling Yi Samantha
Multifunctional Phosphorescent Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles for Reactive Oxygen Species Generation and Imaging Applications

The Google Science Fair is an international, online science and technology competition that encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 to be curious, ask questions, and perform science experiments to answer those questions. In partnership with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, Google invites these students to post their science projects online so that they may compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

2015 icas science medal winners

Three RGS students were awarded the 2015 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science Medal. They are:
  • Sophia He Xinjing (Year 1)
  • Zhang Shitong (Year 1)
  • Ng Jing Ni (Year 2)

The ICAS are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element organised by the University of New South Wales. Commonly referred to as the UNSW tests, ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students, where over two million students participate from over 20 countries including Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and the USA.

east zone a*star science fair 2015

Three teams of RGS Year 4 students participated in the East Zone A*STAR Science Fair 2015, which was held on 28 and 31 July. Organised by the East Zone Science and Technology Centre at Victoria Junior College, the aim of the fair was to give students the experience of exhibiting and sharing the findings of their investigative science projects.

Name of StudentAchievementProject Title
Kelly Siah XinjieGold AwardReflectarray Antenna Design
Yeoh Hsin Yee Clarice
Liu Wanrui
Silver AwardValidation of miRNAs as Gastric Cancer Biomarkers in Serum and Effect of Chemotherapy on miRNA Expression in a Gastric Cancer Cell-Line
 Fatima Siddiqui
Koh Jia Wen Tricia
Tan Qian Wei
ParticipationThe effect of cellular senescence on human mesenchymal stem cell differentiation potential 

Pic1.JPG      (From left) Clarice, Wanrui, Fatima, Tricia and Qian Wei. 

computer simulation technology workshop series 2015

RGS Year 4 student Kelly Siah Xinjie, along with Felicia Tai Ying Fei from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science presented their Research@YDSP project 'Reflectarray Antenna Design' at the Computer Simulation Technology (CST) Workshop Series 2015 on 20 July. Attended by about 100 professionals and graduates, the CST Workshop Series gives design and research engineers an insight into the latest 3D simulation technology for designing electromagnetic components as well as assembled systems.

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Kelly (left) along with Felicia, together with Dr Chia Tse Tong
from DSO Laboratories. The pair's Research@YDSP project
was done under the mentorship of Dr Chia.

GMAC students challenge 2015

Two teams of Year 4 students from RGS Cogitare participated in the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) Students Challenge 2015 and clinched the top two spots of the competition!

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RGS Team 1 (from left): Kelly Siah Xinjie, Deanna See Xuhui, Wang Beini and Swathi Nachiar Manivannan, together with Chairman of GMAC, Prof Paul Teng Piang-Siong. They were awarded first prize for their infographic on mosquitoes and ways to prevent dengue.

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RGS Team 2 (from left): Chloe Young, Nerissa Loe Yue Ling, Chloe Chia and Brenda Yeong Si Min, together with GMAC Chairman Prof Paul Teng Piang-Siong. Their infographic on genetically modified salmon won them the second prize.

The GMAC Students Challenge is an annual competition organised by the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee. This year, students were tasked to design infographic posters based on the theme of 'Spy on the GM' by focusing on a genetically modified item available today, and introducing the process of gene modification, its implementation in the real world as well as the risks and benefits associated with it. For more information and photos from the competition, please click here.

young defence scientists programme science and technology camp 2015

RGS Year 3 students Li Anqi, Ying Fangfei Anna, Kaitlyn Ng Ke Yi and Stephanie Low Jingying attended the Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP) Science and Technology Camp in June.

Opened to students in both Year 2 and Year 3 of the Integrated Programme, the one-week holiday camp introduced science and technology in fun and exciting ways through a series of hands-on workshops, project visits and mini competitions.

The theme for this year's camp was Arduino Placements. Hence, students attended workshops such as one on building a keyboard out of tofu, another on creating a matrix pong game, as well as one on retrieving coordinates from a GPS system.

The last day of the camp culminated in a competition, where students had to apply the knowledge that they gained from the workshops to programme a puzzle box that can only be opened if the enigmas attached to the box is solved.

Ying Fangfei Anna_3.jpg                 Anna (centre) was part of a team that created a box that was locked behind four levels of puzzles. The first
                 is a memory game that requires an individual to remember a sequence and press coloured buttons in 
                 a certain order. An ultrasonic sensor puzzle ensues, followed by an accelerometer puzzle, which requires
                 an individual to shake the box in a certain way. Finally, the box opens when light is shone at certain angles
                 into it.

Ying Fangfei Anna.jpg                 Anna (far right) along with the other members of the team. They were awarded a Champion trophy for
                 their efforts.

intel international science and engineering fair 2015

Congratulations to our alumna Lee Shi Ya Claudia (Year 4, 2013) for achieving 4th place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2015!

Claudia, who had achieved a Gold Award at the Singapore Science & Engineering Fair earlier this year for her project on utilising metal-free "click" chemistry for the development of peptide-based biomaterials, was selected to represent Singapore at the Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

The Intel ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, where students from over 75 countries, regions and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for prizes. It also unites top young scientific minds, and gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work. For more information on Intel ISEF, please click here.


A team of RGS students participated in the inaugural International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM2C) 2015 and was awarded the Outstanding Award, the highest accolade of the competition, along with three other teams from China and the United States.

Students Kelly Siah Xinjie (Year 4), Wang Huaijin (Year 4), Li Anqi (Year 3) and Lee Estelle (Year 3) took part in the competition earlier in May 2015, where they spent five days coming up with a mathematical model for an effective filming and production schedule of a motion picture. As recipients of the Outstanding Award, they were invited to Hong Kong in July to attend the award ceremony to receive their certificates and winner's plaque.

IM2C is an international competition jointly organised by a group of well-established academia across countries and cities, to promote the teaching and learning of mathematical modelling and its applications at all educational levels for students. The challenge is launched in the spirit of promoting educational change and building an international platform and community to nurture students' passion and capability for innovation.

Click here to find out more about the competition.

photo_27.jpg            (From left) Dr. Sol Garfunkel, Chair of IM2C Organising Commitee, Ms Ko Hak Chin, Assistant Head, Mathematics
            at RGS, team members Anqi, Estelle, Kelly and Huaijin, and Prof. Frederick Leung, Chair of Ceremony Committee
C Committee in Greater China.

Photo 2.jpg           The team with their winner's plaque, together with Guest-of-Honour for the awards ceremony Honourable Mrs
           Fanny Law, GBS, JP, Chairperson of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation; Member of Hong Kong
           SAR Executive Council; Hong Kong Deputy to the 12th National People's Congress of PR China.

step nus sunburst brain camp 2015

Eight Year 4 RGS students participated in the STEP NUS Sunburst Brain Camp 2015, which is an educational programme to nurture youths with a passion for neuroscience and research. It also aims to provide opportunities for young Singaporeans to connect with professors and researchers, and fosters interest in science and builds friendships with like-minded youths from around Asia.

Highlights of the camp include:
  • Compilation of a "Brain Book" written by participants
  • Interactive lectures and engagement with professors from overseas, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Research Institutes
  • Hands-on workshops and demonstrations on brain-related topics
  • Research on "brain topics" and presentations of research papers by all participants

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         Participants from RGS: (from left) Angeline Aw Ai Ling, Hannah Tan Jia Hwee, Joey Lee Jia Yi, Tan Qian Wei, Ong Yun         
         Ting, Chua Si En Valerie, Lee Hong Yee and Koh Jia Wen Tricia.

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         For their research topic on aging, (from left) Yun Ting, Hannah, Tricia and Qian Wei received 2nd place for their 
         Research Paper and 1st place for their Research Presentation.


Three teams of Year 4 students from RGS participated in the Singapore Junior Water Prize 2015 and achieved the following results:
Project TitleTeam MembersAchievement
Polymer gel for water treatmentClara-Ann Cheng Ling
Chua Si En Valerie
Joey Lee Jia Yi
Commendation Award and cash prize of S$500
To investigate the effective application of different eco-friendly, biodegradable, recyclable (renewable) materials to remove excess oil from food products (e.g. laksa) and synthetic oil/non-polar liquid pollutants in clean waterTay Wei Xuan
Chloe See Jing Ning
SODIS water treatment Bek Schin
Vanessa Chuang Zhen Xuan 

The competition kickstarted in October 2014 with a series of workshops, and culminated with a poster judging and project presentation at Ngee Ann Polytechnic from 27-28 May 2015.

Pic 1.jpg                   From left: Chloe and Wei Xuan presenting their project.

Pic 3.jpg                    Valerie receives the Commendation Award on behalf of her team.

Organised by the Lien Foundation and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and supported by PUB, Singapore's national water agency, the Singapore Junior Water Prize is a competition that aims to promote awareness and interest in water and environment issues among young people aged 13-15 years old. It also encourages young people to study and investigate environmental issues through design and experimentation. 

5th bbc knowledge magazine school challenge

Earlier in May, students from the RGS Cogitare took part in the 5th BBC Knowledge Magazine School Challenge and won the 1st Prize.

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 7.38.35 pm.png                                       (From left to right) Year 4 students Chloe Young, Christine Chiang Li Ling, Deanna
                                       See Xuhui and Swathi Nachiar Manivannan have won themselves a London
                                       Educational Tour for coming out tops in the challenge.

The BBC Knowledge Magazine School Challenge is an educational project organised by the BBC Knowledge Magazine to inspire youths to be curious about their environment. It aims to provide an additional platform for learning through a series of interactive challenges in relation to Science, History and Nature to innovate students' thinking process. During the competition, teams have to write essays, answer a quiz consisting of questions on general knowledge in Science, History and Nature, as well as prepare a presentation based on Science, Technology and Global Warming.

37th International c.b. paul science quiz 2015

The students from RGS Cogitare have done the school proud with the following achievements at the 37th International C.B. Paul Science Quiz 2015:

Name of StudentIndividual Achievement
Li Anqi (Year 3)Gold Medal
Wang Beini (Year 4)Gold Medal
Kelly Siah (Year 4) Gold Medal 
Deanna See (Year 4) Gold Medal 
Yi Chongwen (Year 4)  Gold Medal
 Swathi Nachiar Manivannan (Year 4) Gold Medal
 Liu Xin (Year 3)Silver Medal 
 Koh Rui Qi (Year 3)Silver Medal 
 Chloe Young (Year 4)Silver Medal 
Yamon Min Ye (Year 4) Silver Medal 
 Cherie-Anne Lee Shi Xian (Year 2) Bronze Medal
Zhu Xiuhua (Year 3)  Bronze Medal

The top four students (Li Anqi, Kelly Siah, Yi Chongwen and Swathi Nachiar Manivannan) with the highest combined score during the individual round also represented the school in the Stage Round, where they were placed 3rd amongst the top four teams of the competition.

The International C.B Paul Science Quiz is a competition organised by Anglo-Chinese Junior College Science and Mathematics Council, in collaboration with the Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore and College of Science, Nanyang Technological University. It is an annual event that aims to provide a platform for students to develop their aptitude and potential in the pure and applied sciences through independent work and applying critical thinking. This year, the students were quizzed on various topics in the field of specialised science, such as Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Medicinal Chemistry and Computer Science.

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Front row (from left to right): Swathi Nachiar Manivannan, Yi Chongwen, Li Anqi and Kelly Siah.
Back row (from left to right): Wang Beini, Chloe Young, Deanna See, Christine Chiang, Liu Xin, Cherie-Anne Lee and Zhu Xiu Hua.

Young defence scientists programme congress 2015

The Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP) Congress was held on 22 April 2015 and is an event that marks the end of all YDSP activities for the year. Participants in the programme had the opportunity to present their projects and share their experiences from activities organised through the YDSP. Young talents with a passion in science and technology were also presented with the YDSP Scholarship and YDSP Academic Awards by the Guest-of-Honour.

The YDSP Scholarship is awarded to Integrated Programme (IP) Year 3 students who have outstanding academic results and a passion in science and technology. This year, the following RGS students were awarded the YDSP Scholarship by Guest-of-Honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State for Defence:

YDSP Scholarship_Andrea.jpg                                                  YDSP Scholarship recipient: Year 3 student Teo York Tiang Andrea.

YDSP Scholarship_Estelle.jpg                                                  YDSP Scholarship recipient: Year 3 student Lee Estelle.
The YDSP Academic Award recognises outstanding achievements in Mathematics and Physics. This year, the following RGS students were awarded the YDSP Academic Award by Guest-of-Honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State for Defence:

YDSP_Math_Natasha.jpg                                                  Year 4 student Natasha Tai Qian Hui was presented with the YDSP
                                                  Academic Award for Year 3 Mathematics.

YDSP_Math_Shermaine.jpg                                                 RGS alumna Shermaine Si Ying Ying was presented with the YDSP
                                                 Academic Award for Year 4 Mathematics.

YDSP_Phy_Avril.jpg                                                Year 4 student Wong Hui Ning Avril was presented with the YDSP
                                                Academic Award for Year 3 Physics.

YDSP_Phy_RayYi.jpg                                                 RGS alumna Ong Ray Yi was presented with the YDSP Academic Award
                                                 for Year 4 Physics.

The congress also saw a sharing by participants about their experience during the YDSP Science and Technology Camp conducted from 24 November to 28 November 2014, during which they gained insights into the science behind space technologies from former engineers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. At the end of the camp, the team from RGS was named champions for the Hale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design Competition, and Year 4 student Clara-Ann Cheng Ling achieved the title of Best Cadet.

Sci and Tech_1.JPG                                                Champion team for the Hale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design
                                                Competition: (left to right) Year 4 students Clara-Ann Cheng Ling, Wong
                                                Hui Ning Avril, Kelly Siah Xinjie, Oh Hui Xin and Ho Chih Ying.

Sci and Tech_2.jpg                                                Clara was selected to share on the achievement of her team, and her 
                                                experience at the YDSP Science and Technology Camp with the audience
                                                in attendance at the YDSP Congress 2015.

The YDSP Congress 2015 also showcased the work that participants, under the guidance of YDSP mentors, have undertaken in 2014. This is an intensive programme for up to four months, which allows IP students to immerse in a real-life research environment. Each unique project, presentation and booth at the congress was the culmination of hard work and commitment, and we would like to commend the following students:

  • Year 4 student Kelly Siah Xinjie (Project - Reflectarray Antenna Design)
  • RGS alumna Nicole Yow Wei (Project - Manipulating EM Near Fields With Metamaterials)
  • RGS alumna Sim Ming Hui Melodies (Project - Crytanalysing The Crypto1 Cipher)
  • RGS alumna Foo Cher Ying (Project - 3D Printed Biomimetic Model)

sembcorp Water Technology prize 2015

Two RGS teams participated in the Sembcorp Water Technology Prize 2015. Held at the Science Centre from 19 to 20 March, the teams were taught how membrane bioreactors are increasingly used for wastewater treatment and how such membranes are used in making NEWater. Subsequently, students were allowed to build their own ceramic membrane filtration system and design a system for use in Cambodia.

The following are the results from the competition:

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Team Amphitrite (Awarded 1st Prize): (left to right) Year 3 students Tan Tze Ern Shannon, Ding Ning Ke and Lim Yong Qi Jamie. Besides receiving a champions trophy, the team was also awarded with S$1,500 and given a two-week internship at Sembcorp.


Team Water Plant (Awarded Certificate of Participation): (left to right) Year 3 students Somakala Subbaraman, Su Hing Yun, Yap Yingtong and Zhang Tianyu.


Jamie (left) and Ning Ke together with Guest-of-Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources (extreme left) and teacher Mr Shaun De Souza (extreme right) at the Sembcorp Water Technology Prize Awards Ceremony.

singapore Science & Engineering Fair (ssef) 2015

The Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF) is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and the Science Centre Singapore. The SSEF is affiliated to the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which is regarded as the Olympics of science competitions.

SSEF is open to all secondary and pre-university students between 15 to 21 years of age. Participants are required to submit research projects from the Science Research Programme, Technology & Engineering Research Programme, Science Mentorship Programme or projects done at school or cluster level. Projects cover all areas of science and engineering.

Students exhibit their projects at the fair, and will be judged by a number of judges from local universities, polytechnics as well as research institutes. Winners will represent Singapore to compete at the Intel ISEF, which is held annually in May and attracts over 1,300 students from 48 states in America and 40 nations to compete for scholarships of over US$2 million, tuition grants, scientific equipment and scientific field trips.

This year, a total of 320 projects were shortlisted for the fair, which included 14 from RGS. The following are the results from the competition:

Team MembersProject TitleAward
Grace Shen Shen (Year 4)
Ho Chih Ying (Year 4)
Investigation and fabrication of superhydrophobic surfacesBronze
 Bek Schin (Year 4)
Vanessa Chuang Zhen Xuan (Year 4)
Mr Shaun De Souza (Teacher-Advisor)
Mr Teoh Chin Chye Alex (Mentor from CRADLE)
 The effects of various external factors on the efficacy and effectiveness of SODIS water treatment (alternative methods are also studied) Bronze
 Tan Jing-Wen Claire (Year 4)
Soh Qian Ying (Year 4)
Ms Carmen Hoo (Teacher-Advisor)
Fabrication of a hierarchical porous scaffold for tissue engineering Merit 

The following are results achieved by RGS alumnae in the competition:

Team MembersProject TitleAward
 Lee Shi Ya Claudia (Year 4 - 2013)Utilising Metal-Free "Click" Chemistry for Development of Peptide-Based Biomaterials  Gold - Selected to represent Singapore at the Intel ISEF from 10-15 May 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
 Kwok Ling Yi Samantha (Year 4 - 2013)
Soh Hui Ling (Year 4 - 2013)
Multifunctional Phosphorescent Conjugated Nanoparticles for Reactive Oxygen Species Generation and Imaging Applications  Gold
Siyang Qu (Year 4 - 2014)
Sim Ming Hui Melodies (Year 4 - 2014)
Mr Samuel Lee (Teacher-Mentor)
Mr Shaun De Souza (Teacher-Mentor)
Generalisation of Bishop Polynomial Derived from the Conventional Rook PolynomialSilver
 Cheryl Chin Qian Ni (Year 4 - 2013) Blood Flow Index portraying Cold-induced Vasodilation via Diffuse Speckle Contrast Analysis in Raynaud's DiseaseSilver 
Wu Chin Ying (Year 4 - 2013)  Identifying potential antiviral compounds against CHIKVSilver 
Mani Hemaavathi (Year 4 - 2013) Effects of Titanium dioxide Nanoparticles on Differentiated H9c2 Rat Cardiomyocytes Bronze 
Judy Hong Ruilan (Year 4 - 2013) Efficient cardiac differentiation of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells under defined culture conditions Bronze
Ong Seeu Si (Year 4 - 2013) Mass cytometry analysis of immune cells heterogeneity  Bronze
Liew Mei Xian (Year 4 - 2013) Effect of Preparation Methods on Properties of Nickel Oxide as an Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries  Bronze
Goh Wei Ping Jenny (Year 4 - 2013) A simulation study of hydrophobin assembly in water and its implications for film formation at the air-water interface  Bronze
 Huang Yanxi (Year 4 - 2013)Adding simvastation to conventional chemotherapy to improve cell kill in breast cancer cells Merit 
 Jamelynn Wong Wen Teen (Year 4 - 2013) Biotransformation of okara by microorganisms for the production of valuable carotenoids by Rhodosporidium ToruloidesMerit
 Kavya Sivakumar (Year 4 - 2013) Polymicrobial Biofilm Dynamics during Catheter-associated Urinary Tract InfectionsMerit 

Green wave environmental care competition

Two RGS teams have done the school proud in the 2014 Green Wave Environmental Care Competition organised by Sembcorp Marine. They are:

Year 4 StudentsProjectAward
Rachyl Tan Syn Yee
Joanne Nai Min-Er
Amarinda Tan Ying Shan
Zenn Wong Shi Hui
Track My Water - an app that aims to empower Singaporeans to be proactive in managing their water usage and also provides suggestions to reduce water usageCommendation Award
Kimberly Tan Min-En
Elena Lee Ruoxi
Sheryl Ang Xiu Qi
Teng Chu Yu
Adopting the Seebeck effect in thermoelectric generators, a prototype was designed using heat from the underside of a laptop for the hot side, and an ice pack and heat sink for the cold side. The resulting difference in temperature creates an electrical current that can be used to charge small electronic devicesEncouragement Award

Launched in 2003, the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition aims to inspire the younger generation to take ownership and proactive action in caring and protecting the environment. It also seeks to nurture participants' passion in translating their creative ideas into green innovations for environmental improvement.