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

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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