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Energy Innovation Challenge



Energy Innovation Challenge is jointly organised by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and Science Centre Singapore with the support of the Ministry of Education, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore.




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Over the years, Singapore students have participated in many enrichment programmes, events and competitions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), run by public and private institutions.  Singapore students have also performed well internationally in studies such as TIMSS and PISA, and in prestigious competitions such as the Intel Science and Engineering Fair.

Singapore students have been demonstrating a high interest and aptitude in STEM through various activities, events and competitions. In order to encourage, engage and excite students to enrol in engineering courses, various methods of outreach are introduced to increase awareness about engineering careers, as well as the perception among students and parents that engineering careers can be prestigious and rewarding too.

What is the competition about?

Building on past efforts, the Energy Innovation Challenge Competition first started in 2015. It aims to interest, excite and enable students to understand and experience how engineering plays a part in energy innovation. The challenge is an annual event that provides an opportunity for Innovation for students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and ITEs to work with professional engineering and business mentors to design or invent a product to solve and demonstrate the use of an alternative source of energy. Schools can field teams of individual or several students in a team to take part in high-intensity events and camps as a run-up to the challenge. Teams will be measured by the end product, the power of team strategy and collaboration, and the determination of the students. The competition will culminate in a Project Displays, Final Judging and Awards Presentation at the National Engineers Day (NED) in Singapore. The competition will take the format of multiple categories and levels.

Who participates in the competition?

The competition involves 4 categories:

  • Secondary Schools
  • Junior Colleges
  • Polytechnics and ITEs 
  • University, Singapore & International

Each team is made up of professional engineer mentors or teachers, and students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and ITEs. Teams can be made up of either individuals or a team of up to three students. There is no limit to the number of mentors. Schools may allow as many students as they wish to participate. Students have up to 4 months for the competition before NED, with all teams invited to take part and compete during the event itself. From these teams, a final selection of 18 teams, 9 from Secondary Schools and 9 from Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and ITEs, will be selected for the final judging.

Is scientific, technology or mathematics expertise required for students to participate?

The organisers invite students who may not be predisposed to science, math or technology to participate in the competition. In fact, the competition aims to inspire, motivate and encourage  students to gain basic technical expertise while challenging the more experienced students. There is a range of skills required, from design and building, to research and competing. In fact,  the competition demands skills from beyond the field of engineering. Students will also gain exposure in the areas of finance, marketing, logistics management, arts and others. There is opportunity for every student to actively participate and benefit.

Why involve a professional engineer? Why don’t students build themselves?

The competition creates powerful mentoring relationships between the students and professional engineers, mechanics or technicians. The mentor’s pool includes professional engineers  from some of the world’s most respected companies. Students work closely with and learn from these “stars” of the engineering world. Meaningful involvement of adults in kid’s lives is  proven as an essential component for developing young people’s potential.

How do I find a mentor for my team?

IES and Science Centre will assist teams in finding mentors and both will be formally introduced to one another through the “Networking Party”, which is the kick-off event for the competition. Mentors will be invited from universities, polytechnics, research institutes as well as the business sector.

Participating Mentors and Organisations will benefit from recognition as pro-youth development and training, and hence as a desirable employer.

Engineers who wish to take on a role as a mentor are also welcome and can send an email to for more information.

What resources are available to assist the teams in this challenge?

A series of workshops and camps in project management and technical training will be organised. Training videos, presentations and documents will also be supplied to assist teams in building their projects.

Are there other benefits to participating?

Throughout their experience, students “win” as they gain maturity, build self-confidence and appreciation of teamwork, and an understanding of professionalism. Students have fun while building a network of friends and professional mentors who continue to enrich their lives. The experience aim to gain positivity in:

• Students’ understanding about science, math, teamwork and the working world

• Students’ attitudes about teamwork to be significantly more positive after than before participating in the competition season

Professional mentors are rewarded with renewed inspiration and a reminder as to why they chose engineering, science and technology as their careers. Volunteers are recognised as an integral and vital part of the way in which young people connect to the real world, in their own communities and in the world at large.

The latest updates for the competition, workshops details, photographs and videos of the all the activities can be found at the facebook page:

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