BBC Earth Magazine School Challenge 2017 - Singapore
BBC Earth Magazine Asia recently conducted the 2017 School Challenge in july, welcoming bright and energetic students from across Singapore to join us on a quest of knowledge for the curious mind, with prizes to win every step of the way
This month we celebrate the participants and winners of the BBC School Challenge 2017 in Singapore
The BBC Earth Magazine School Challenge 2017
was successfully conducted for students across secondary schools in Singapore. All student groups were accompanied by a teacher-mentor from their respective schools. Held at Science Centre Singapore, the event proved to be a successful learning experience that engaged students and invited these young minds to challenge, innovate and discover.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Organised by Regent Media Singapore, the event aspires to bring together the leaders and innovators of tomorrow to help them learn more through the tests and activities that they engage in. The challenge consisted of two different levels. The first level consisted of a Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) that covered advanced questions from across the fields of science, nature and history. The 50 questions closely tested the awareness of the students around important developments in these subjects that may be outside the curriculum of their school work. The test endeavours to push the boundaries and inspire students to widen their knowledge base and play closer attention to details even as they read and learn every day. The written test also consisted of an extra essay question. This question was used to gauge the students’ ability to cogently present a well-researched argument.
After the first level, 10 teams were selected on the basis of their scores in the MCQ to go further in the challenge. The next level put them to a different kind of test, challenging the participants to come up with a short five minute presentation on a given topic. The topics consisted of relevant issues and debates in today’s world, such as the possibility of robots taking over human jobs, or the possibility of bringing back the actual jungle to the cities. The students impressed the judges and the audience with well-researched and extremely relevant ideas that backed up creatively made presentations. They also had fun with their topics, with a lot of students introducing light-hearted skits and acts to complement their presentations. Their entertaining and informative presentations were then scored individually by a panel of three esteemed judges.
FANTASTIC PRIZES WON
With a range of amazing prizes to be won, no participant left the event empty-handed. Goodie bags were handed out at the end of the first round and all participants took home exciting goodies.
Awards and certificates were handed out to the winning teams, and special certificates were handed out to the sponsors of the challenge. These included Ms Joanna Sim, Assistant Director of Marketing, Science Centre Singapore, Mr Kuek, Public Relations & Advertising Manager, Yakult Singapore and Ms Jan Moo, Director of Marketing, Bintan Resorts International, all of whom were instrumental in making the event a spectacular success and providing the exciting awards for the winners to enjoy.
The second and third prizes included one Columbia URBANEER watch for each participant, a pack of Yakult Ace Light, along with their certificates and trophies, while first prize winners were awarded with a highly-anticipated educational trip to Bintan, Indonesia.
FOR THE CURIOUS MIND
The challenge successfully delivered on its intention to expand the minds of young students and help provide an outlet for them to engage in teamwork and push the boundaries of their own imagination. The final presentations in particular brought out various facets of the students’ personalities, including creativity, storytelling, fact-checking, research and presentation skills. We thank all sponsors and participants for making the event a success, and we hope to continue our endeavour to help inspire curious minds.