Sunday, July 1, 2018

The International Student Science Fair 2018 is an annual event where students from Science Schools around the world congregate together to celebrate science achievements. It is also an event where student representatives from all over the world interact and network in the name of science.

The 14th Annual International Student Science Fair was organised for the first time on American soil from June 27 to July 1, 2018. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) hosted the five-day event. The highlight are three global challenges that transcend national boundaries: water, hunger, and energy. Through the theme, “Significantly influencing life on our planet through cooperation and collaboration,” IMSA strives to deepen its mission as the world’s leading teaching and learning laboratory for the prosperity and security of present and future generations.

SST is represented by three students and one teacher to this event. They were:
Liang Ying Hao Matthew (S3-01)
Alya Sufiyah Binte Mohamed Subhan (S3-05)
Tan Fang Ting Valerie (S3-06) 
Praveena Sandra Mohan (Teacher)


From this project, I have learned about how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can come together to achieve something that is very impactful to society. Apart from learning various mathematical methods and scientific knowledge, I have also learned that values such as confidence, determination, curiosity and critical thinking are those that make up a good researcher (Matthew Liang, S3-01).

NUS STEP Technology Camp 2018 (18-22 June 2018)

The NUS STEP Technology Camp 2018 was held from 18 to 22 June 2018 (Mon to Fri) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore (ECE@NUS). 

The objective in this one-week camp is to expose students to different technologies that are key in our nation’s drive towards a Smart Nation.  The students will learn how electrical & computer engineers can play a key role in this initiative.  The students will be exposed to basic programming skills, embedded systems and designed their own autonomous/ remoted-controlled vehicle.  They will also visit the NUS Advanced Robotics Centre, the Satellite and Airborne Radar Research lab, and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle lab to see the numerous efforts that NUS is focusing on.  They will also attend a workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship, with hands on experimentation in innovation and technology focused product design, closely linked to the Smart Nation theme.  The camp will also provide an insight into what future study or a career in Engineering might be like.  In addition, the group projects will help students to develop key abilities for future success, including leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.  

Two students attended the camp and here are their remarks: 
I am really thankful that I was given this golden opportunity to be able to take part in this year's STEP camp that is hosted by National University of Singapore (NUS). I really enjoyed the activities especially the building, coding and testing of the autonomous car. The activities where engaging and I would really want to join this camp again next year! 
(Ng Yong Kiat Shawn, S2-07)

I believe that the STEP technology camp had been very fun and enriching as I was given exposure to different aspects of engineering. The camp allowed me to learn the importance of teamwork and a wide range of skills that will be useful in the future. Despite the fact that we were unable to get a prize, I learnt that in the future I should manage my time wisely and be more efficient when working on projects like the autonomous car. This camp also encouraged me to join the electronics applied subject in the future so that I can use Arduino more.
(Akash Rajesh, S2-05)

The details of the camp as as follows: 

Project work: Autonomous car In this one-week camp, you will learn to build your own autonomous car.  This program is design to allow you to have fun with these autonomous/remote-controlled vehicles. Appreciate their features and then take them apart to see what lies inside?  Find out what Electrical and Computer engineers have fun with.  Get to know the resistors and diodes of electrical engineering.  Get a feel of the motors that work for you every day in so many ways.  Find out how a single-chip computer can do so many interesting things if you learn some basic programming.  The specific embedded system used is the Arduino platform, which is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible and easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino is intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
The students will first learn the Arduino hardware and development environment. They will then tinker with the Arduino kit and components to explore their features under the guidance of our teaching staffs.  
We shall help you build your very own autonomous car and let you put as many features or as much intelligence as you want.  See it turn left, turn right and move forward while tackling challenging tasks like slopes and tough meandering paths. The autonomous vehicle has three parts to its intelligence, “Eyes” to see the road, “Legs” to move on the road and a “Brain” to receive the information from the “Eyes” and translate it for the “Legs”!  And finally, let’s see which team makes the fastest and the best autonomous car, and goes away with the top prize. 

Innovation and Enterprise Workshop
The workshop aimed at preparing the students to face the challenges of tomorrow and benefit from what comes next. They learnt to be a leader of tomorrow’s society in more ways than one.  The Workshop will begin with a discussion about the various dreams that the youth of today have, be it to be a scientist, engineer, inventor, innovator, entrepreneur, a policeman or something beyond that. A clear distinction and a better understanding of what these dreams mean in the real world and their personalization will be discussed in an interactive way. 
The sessions are meant to be interactive and fun. The workshop will lead to team-work and hands on experimentation in innovation and technology focused product design. Students will have an immediate opportunity to put the skills they learnt into practice. They will invent, conceptualize and present. 

Unmanned Systems Research Group @ T-lab
A swarm of 16 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fitted with high-tech components and LEDs, has been captivating spectators recently with their twinkling aerial light show, as part of The Future of Us exhibition at Gardens by the Bay earlier this year.  Come and visit the lab and understand how these intelligent systems are being developed.  We will also arrange a field trip to experience first-hand how these UAVs can fly autonomously.

Satellite and Airborne Radar Research lab 
NUS Engineering sent its first two satellites, Galassia and Kent Ridge 1 (KR-1), into space on 16 Dec 2015 at 8:30pm (Singapore time).  They were among six Singapore satellites that were launched together into a near-equatorial orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh, India, by the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.  You will get to see one of the satellites that was sent to space, and its capability, the mission control room. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

3D Printing Challenge 2018

3D Printing has materialized the imagination of millions of people around the world. With the potential to produce almost any object which is impossible by traditional means, it has become a revolutionary tool to many of us. The RP 3D Printing Challenge is exciting competition where students learn about the latest 3D printing technology and trends. Before the competition, there was also a customized training workshop on the Autodesk Fusion360. SST students learnt about the software and used it to design their prototype for the competition.

Team SST is represented by 2 teams of students and they came back with the following awards:

3rd Prize & Most Popular Live Vote Award (Safety Helmet)
Joshua Foo S2-05
Tew Yu Xin S2-05
Joel Lim Wen S2-05
Joseph Chan Khye Shen S2-05
Vijaya Madhulika S2-05

Merit Award (Safety Shield for Motorbike)
Elden Sim Teng Rey S2-04
Chua Yunheng Evaan S2-04
Ang Cheng Ze S2-04



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Physics Enrichment Camp 2018

Physics Enrichment Camp 2018 is a 2-day event from 5th June-6th June 2018.

The NUS Physics Enrichment Camp is carried out by the NUS Physics Department.  
The objectives of the camp include:
(A) Introducing secondary school students to interesting aspects of physics
(B) Providing opportunities to see the bigger world of physics

The programme includes:
(A) Lectures
(B) Lab Tours / Hands-on Activities / Interactive Sessions / Demonstrations / Experiments
(C) Competition
(D) Interaction with physics undergraduate students and young researchers

7 students from SST signed up for the programme and they were:
Tan Yuan Jun ErnestS4-01
Celeste Low XuelingS4-01
Stanley Tan Chang LongS4-02
Brandon GeeS4-04
Leo En Qi ValerieS4-05
Ng Kang ZheS4-07

The feedback from the students are as follows: 

The physics camp allowed me to gain perspective into an almost new world of physics, ranging from exposure to JC-level mechanics to university-level concepts-most notably, of black holes. An overall enriching experience (Brandon Gee).

The camp gave me insight into a wide variety of scientific tools and exploration, from simple paper-plane aerodynamics to electron microscopes. I enjoyed the camp thoroughly and would be glad to experience similar camps in the future (Ernest Tan).

This camp broadens my outlook towards Physics in a positive manner. Through interacting with the professionals and having hands-on approach, understanding complex concepts taught at higher education institutes becomes much easier.  An insightful experience as a whole that I will recommend (Valerie Leo).

Overall this camp was a fun and engaging two day session that gave me an insight to higher level Physics through lectures given by the prestigious NUS professors and the hands on activities in the lab tours (Celeste Low).

Monday, June 11, 2018

Infineon-SST Industrial Research & Attachment Programme 2018

The Infineon-SST Industrial Research & Attachment Programme 2018 is a collaborative programme designed by Infineon Pte Ltd for SST students. 

During the programme, SST students learnt about Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (“Infineon”) as a company and its core businesses. The students are provided with a unique experience in a diverse and challenging industry. Students are expected to:
  • Gain an understanding of Infineon’s semiconductor business and the various applications of semiconductors.
  • Receive hands-on experience in basic programming, teamwork, project management and project presentation skills; and
  • Experience the “ins and outs” of a business environment, including appreciation for professional attitudes and Infineon’s business conduct guidelines. 

6 SST students participated in this program from 4 to 8 June 2018. They were: 
Benjamin Teng Liang Yu (S4-08) 
Leong Ko Ryan Jasper (S4-07) 
Tang Kai Yuan Justin (S4-07) 
Chong Ing Kai (S3-01)
Pang Navan (S3-04) 
Chua Meng Yuen (S3-06) 

The reflections from the students are as follows:

The internship gave me a lot of insight into the different departments that form a company as well as taught me about how to use complex micro-controllers for different applications (Benjamin).

The internship helped to give us a first person perspective of the workings of a successful company in the stem field (Jasper).

The internship was an eye opening experience to the behind the scene of chip manufacturing and also exposed me to more advanced used in the techonological world (Justin).

The attachment was able to provide insight into engineering companies and how they function, and allowed us to experience working days at infineon (Ing Kai).

The internship was an insightful programme that showed us how different skillsets are crucial to building a successful company (Navan). 

Through this experience, I have learnt that for a company to be successful, there needs to be many people from different field of work (Meng Yuan).


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Underwater Robotics Olympiad

Robotics is an engaging engineering field that has captured the hearts of many youth. Republic Polytechnic (RP) has developed a core competency in robotics through the nurturing of our students’ interest, particularly in Underwater Robotics. Being an institute that supports Smart Nation’s initiatives, RP has introduced sensors and wireless capabilities to ourunderwater robot to demonstrate the concept of Internet of things (IoT) to secondary school students.

To cultivate the secondary school students’ interest in underwater robotics and to impart them the basic know-how in underwater robotics, Republic Polytechnic School of Engineering (SEG), is organising the 10th annual competition - Underwater Robotic Olympiad 2018. This year’s theme, Protect Water Wally, is in collaboration with Public Utilities Board (PUB) Marina Barrage’s 10th year anniversary, supported by Singapore Science Centre. 

Underwater Robotic Olympiad 2018 is all about designing, building and controlling a robot to pass through a series of obstacles to achieve navigation and data collection. The data will then be transmitted wirelessly for remote viewing.

Note: As there is an award for “Best Design Underwater Robot” with the theme “Happy 10th Anniversary”, teams can bring their own designing materials (markers, stickers and any other stationery). These materials should NOT include (motors, battery packs, speed controllers, receivers, transmitters and cables). Teams are only allowed to bring materials to beautify their robots.
There will also be a “Best Instagram Photo” prize held on the actual event with 5 winners selected.

2 SST teams participated in this competition and achieve the following awards:

Champion & Best Instagram Photo
Chong Ing Kai, S3-01
Matthew Liang Ying Hao, S3-01
Kevin Tan Tian Hao, S3-01
Elrond Hu Kangsheng, S3-08
Jeffrey Lim @ Htet Min Shein, S3-05

1st Runner Up
Alson Lam Hong Yao, S2-02
Aidan Ang Keng Kiat, S2-02
Zachary Kegan Sim Yanxi, S2-02
Zaky Irfan Mohamed Lazim, S2-02