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Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF)

 

Latest Update!

Please download the SSEF students briefing slides
here.
*Please note in header of slide 6 – word “NOT” has been correctly removed in this version.

The Pre-judging for SSEF 2011 has been completed.

Please view the list of qualified entries
here.

These shortlisted entries have progressed to the SSEF 2011 Fair, which will be held on 9-10 March 2011 at the Science Centre.

There will be a briefing on 25th February, 4pm at the Science Centre for these students. Your schools will be notified of your selection.

For those who have been notified that your report documentation is incomplete, please reply to us soonest in order to qualify for the Finals.

The Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) is a national competition organized by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). It is intended for students who have conducted research over the past year to showcase their findings. Outstanding entries will represent Singapore in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held on 8-13 May 2011 at Los Angeles, California, USA.


ACTIVITY SCHEDULE


RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. SSEF is open to ALL (Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners) secondary school and pre-university students studying in Singapore and who are between the age of 15 and 21 years as of 01 Jan 2011. However, winners of SSEF who are chosen to represent Singapore in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA from 8 to 13 May 2011, must be Singaporeans or PRs.

2. ATS is open to secondary school and pre-university students, who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs), between the age of 15 and 21 years as at 31 Dec 2010.

3. There is an Individual Category and a Team Category for SSEF. Each SSEF team must comprise at least TWO members and not exceed THREE members. A team project may NOT be converted to an individual project or vice versa. However, there is NO team category for ATS. The participants from team projects are allow to take part in ATS, but they will be interviewed as individual.

4. ALL participants of ATS are required to participate in SSEF. They will only need to complete the A*STAR Talent Search Entry Form and will be automatically admitted to SSEF. There is no need to complete the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair Entry Form.

5. Applicants may also choose to enter for SSEF only. They will only need to complete the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair Entry Form.
Group Entry Form
Individual Entry Form

6. All applicants need to register their projects online by 1 Dec 2010 at the following URL:
http://www.science.edu.sg/ssef and submit their project entries with the appropriate entry forms and relevant documentation to the Science Centre Singapore by 14 Jan 2011. Project entries without online registration will not be considered. Late entries will not be entertained.

7. All project entries must be accompanied by the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A) with research plan attached, and Approval Form (1B) and may require Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C). In addition, the following areas require review and approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to experimentation: Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (previously termed Potentially Pathogenic and Pathogenic Agents, Recombinant DNA (rDNA) and Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue).

8. Projects involving Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices (previously termed Hazardous Substances or Devices) require approval by a Designated Supervisor (an adult directly responsible for overseeing student experimentation) or Qualified Scientist (for projects involving DEA-controlled substances) prior to experimentation. A risk assessment is required of all projects in this research area using the Risk Assessment Form (3).

9. Research projects that are submitted for ATS or SSEF should be projects that have been conducted between the period of 1 Jan 2010 and 31 Dec 2010.

10. Short-listed applicants will participate in SSEF 2011. The exhibition of projects constitutes part of the total score of the students' projects. To know more about the judging guidelines for SSEF, please click here.

11. The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entertained.

12. All reports submitted will be kept by the organisers and will not be returned. Each applicant should keep a copy of his or her report for personal use. The applicant is not required to send in his project data book(s) but he should have it available for the exhibition and interviews (ATS).


Please read the Intel ISEF Display and Safety Regulations instructions at the URL:
http://www.societyforscience.org/Page.aspx?pid=314 to have a better idea of what should/should not be included in exhibits. The SSEF requirements are the same as those of ISEF except the size of the exhibition booth.
In fact, applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the official ISEF web site - http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/ - to view past projects and obtain other information that may be pertinent to SSEF.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Projects requiring special approvals (see instructions below) need to be approved before commencement of the research.

2. Projects without online registration (deadline 1 Dec 10) will not be considered for the fair.

3. Instructions for submitting an entry are provided below.

4. Submit project report (5 copies) by 14 Jan 2011 to the Science Centre Singapore along with a copy of completed SSEF/ATS entry form and the necessary forms.
( If you are submitting a team project for SSEF and individually for ATS, you will need to fill in a SSEF entry form for your team, and a ATS entry form for yourself)

5. Here are the forms to be submitted with your project. To download all the forms, please click here and for the rules please click here.

Form

Description

Checklist for Adult Sponsor/ Safety
Assessment Form (1)

Required for all projects!

Student Checklist Form and Research Plan (1A)

Required for all projects!

Approval Form (1B)

Required for all projects!

Regulated Research Institutional/ Industrial
Setting Form (1C)

Required for projects that are conducted in a regulated research
institution (e.g. universities, medical centres, A*Star research institutes,
etc), industrial setting or any work site other than home, school or field.

Qualified Scientist Form (2)

Required for projects that involve human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, DEA-controlled substances. To be signed prior the start of experimentation by DS or QS

Risk Assessment Form (3)

Required for projects that use hazardous chemicals, activities or regulated substances devices and some potentially hazardous biological agents. To be signed prior to experimentation by the DS or QS

Human Subjects Form (4)

Required for all research that involves human subjects. IRB approval is required before experimentation

Vertebrate Animal Form (5A)

Form 5(A): Required for all research that involves vertebrate animals conducted in a Non-Regulated Research site. SRC approval is needed before experimentation

Vertebrate Animal Form (5B)

Form 5(B): Required for all research that involves vertebrate animals conducted at a Regulated Research Institution. IACUC approval is needed before experimentation

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form

Required for all research that involves microorganisms, rDNA and fresh tissue, blood and body fluids. SRC/IACUC/IBC/RAC approval is needed before experimentation

Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (6B)

Required for all projects using fresh tissue, primary cell cultures, blood, blood products and body fluids. All projects using any tissue listed above must also complete Form 6A . If the research involves living organisms, please ensure that proper human or animal forms are completed.

Continuation Projects Form (7)

Required for projects that are a continuation in the same field from a previous year (s)' project.

For more information on the forms, please go to http://www.societyforscience.org/Page.aspx?pid=282

6. For ISEF/SSEF 2011 Rules and Regulations, please click here.
For more details on ISEF, please click here.

7. Judging Criteria:

Criteria

Individual Project

Team Project (max 3 members)

Creative Ability

30

25

Scientific Thought & Engineering Goals

30

25

Thoroughness

15

12

Skill

15

12

Clarity

10

10

Teamwork

-

16

Total possible score

100

100



SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The deadline for submission of entry forms and projects with the relevant documentation is Friday, 14 Jan 2011. However, students are strongly advised to complete and submit the entry form as early as possible.


The following items must be submitted with each application:
1. A research paper, which should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, in hard- and soft-copies . Five sets of hard-copies are required. For detailed information on the requirements of the research paper, please click here.

2. A 100-word description, in hard- and soft-copies, of the applicant's project written in an easily comprehensible manner, using non-technical terms for general readers. This will be used for publicity purposes. Five sets of hard-copies are required.

3. A two-page summary, in hard and soft copies, of the applicant's project.

This serves to give a quick understanding and background for any additional judges appointed to judge your project prior to judging day. It should capture the main essence of the project to fully comprehend the nature your project.

4. Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A) with research plan attached, and Approval Form (1B).

The Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) will be required only if work was conducted in an institutional or industrial setting at any time during the current ISEF project year.

Relevant documentation pertaining to projects involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents and Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices.All forms are in hard-copy.

5. The Entry FormEntry form(s) is/are in hard copy.

- A*STAR Talent Search Entry Form

ATS applications will automatically be admitted to SSEF. If all 3 members of the team project would like to take part in ATS, each of them will submit individual ATS entry forms but register online only once as a team, and submit the required documents as a team. If only 1 member would like to take part in ATS, the team will have to submit a SSEF Group Entry Form and a ATS Entry Form for the specific member who will be taking part in ATS. Similarly, the required documents are to be submitted as a team.

For more information on A*STAR Talent Search, please click here.

- The Singapore Science and Engineering Fair Entry Form is for applicants who want to enter for SSEF only. If the project is done individually, please submit SSEF Entry Form Individual Project. If the project is done as a team, please submit SSEF Entry Form Group Project.

6. Digital Photographs
- A softcopy of the individual applicant or all members of the team if it is a team application should be stored on the floppy disk/CD-R containing the softcopy of the research paper.

- The file-size of each colour photograph in JPEG format should be less than 100 kb with a dimension of 125 by 150 pixels.

- Label the floppy disk/CD-R with the project title.


Students are to ensure that the relevant sections of the Entry Form are completed.
Incomplete submissions may be rejected.

Applications are to be sent to the below address:

The Singapore Science Centre
c/o
SSEF 2011 Fair Director
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081

Should you have any questions regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:


NAME

EMAIL ADDRESS

TELEPHONE

Mr Ryan Hong

rlh_hong@science.edu.sg

6425 2593

Mr Daniel Lim

lim_poh_yeong@moe.gov.sg

6879 6581

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