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Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF)

 

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You may download the Students’ Briefing Slides and the D&S regulations here.

Please click here to view the list of the shortlisted projects to the SSEF 2013 Finals. Students’ Briefing for the shortlisted participants would be held on 1st March 2013, 3pm @ Science Centre.

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 from 12 to 17 May 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.


ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
RULES AND REGULATIONS

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 20 years as of 01 Jan 2013. However, winners of SSEF who are chosen to represent Singapore in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) must be Singaporeans or PRs.

ATS is open to secondary school and pre-university students, who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs), between the age of 15 and 20 years as of 01 Jan 2013.

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 allowed to take part in ATS, but they will be interviewed as individuals.
Research projects that are submitted for ATS or SSEF should be projects that have been conducted between 1 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012.

ENTRY FORMS

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.

However, if not all the team members are participating in the ATS, then an SSEF team entry form is required. Only members of the team participating in the ATS will be required to submit the ATS entry form. For more information on A*STAR Talent Search, please click here .

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

SSEF / ISEF FORMS

All applicants need to register their projects online by 1 Dec 2012 at the following URL:
http://www.ssef.com.sg/ssef/student.html. They will also be required to upload their project documents (cover page, abstract, report, and 2-page summary) online by 16 Jan 2013. The hardcopies of these documents, the appropriate entry forms and relevant SSEF forms are to be submitted to the Science Centre Singapore by 16 Jan 2013 as well. Project entries without online registration will not be considered for the fair. Late entries will not be entertained.

All project entries must be accompanied by the SSEF forms: 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). For team projects, each team member must submit Form 1B. Team members must jointly submit Form 1, Form 1A and a Research Plan.

In addition, some projects may require review and approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to experimentation and need other SSEF forms.  Refer to the table below for the necessary forms depending on the nature of the project.

 

Form

Description

Checklist for Adult Sponsor/ Safety
Assessment Form (1)

Required for all projects! To be completed BEFORE experimentation.

Student Checklist Form and Research Plan (1A)

Required for all projects!

Approval Form (1B)

Required for all projects! To be completed BEFORE experimentation.

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. To be completed and signed by Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist AFTER experimentation.

Qualified Scientist Form (2)

Required for projects that involve human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, DEA-controlled substances. To be completed and signed by Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist BEFORE experimentation.

Risk Assessment Form (3)

Required for projects that use hazardous chemicals, activities or devices and microorganisms exempt from pre-approval. To be signed BEFORE experimentation by Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist BEFORE experimentation.

Human Participants Form (4)

(with Human Informed Consent Form, if applicable)

Required for all reserach that involves human participants. IRB approval is required before experimentation.

Vertebrate Animal Form (5A)

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)

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 (6A)

Required for all research that involves microorganisms, rDNA and fresh/frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), blood, blood products and body fluids. SRC/IACUC/IBC approval is needed BEFORE experimentation.

Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (6B)

Required for all projects using fresh/frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), 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 relevant forms for human participants or vertebrate animals are completed. This form to be completed BEFORE experimentation.

Continuation Projects Form (7)

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


To download the forms, please click here
For more information on ISEF/SSEF 2013 Rules and Regulations, please click here .
Short-listed applicants will participate in SSEF 2013. The exhibition of projects constitutes the total score of the students' projects. To know more about the judging guidelines for SSEF, please click here.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Criteria

Individual Project

Team Project (max 3 members)

Creative Ability

30 points

25 points

Scientific Thought & Engineering Goals

30 points

25 points

Thoroughness

15 points

12 points

Skill

15 points

12 points

Clarity

10 points

10 points

Teamwork

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16 points

Total possible score

100 points

100 points

 

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

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/she should have it available for the exhibition (SSEF) and interviews (SSEF/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.


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.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The deadline for submission of SSEF/ATS entry forms, SSEF forms and project documents are Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013. However, students are strongly advised to complete and submit them as early as possible.

The project documents comprises of the following items. They must be typed using 1.5 line-spacing using a 12-point Times New Roman font or similar to be submitted for each application. Student’s full name should be printed on the upper right-hand corner of each sheet except for the cover page.

1. Cover page includes title of project, name of student, school, mentor and research institution.  Please click here for suggested template.

2. Project abstract is a concise summary of the report with no more than 250 words, which will be used during project judging and for general readers during public visitation day. It should not include acknowledgements (including name of school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.

3. Project report describes the actual laboratory, field or theoretical research (not library research) for the project. It should involve ideas and preferably, data generated by the student. Credit should be given to the appropriate source and reference. It should include (a) background and purpose of the research area, (b) hypothesis of the research, (c) an experimental section including methods and results, (d) conclusion including a discussion of the results and implications and (e) bibliography of references. It should have a maximum of 7 pages, inclusive of data in tables, figures and diagrams. References and appendices do not count towards the 7-page limit. The report should not include acknowledgements (including name of school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements. Please click here for suggested template.

4. Two-page summary captures the main essence of the project to give quick understanding to judges. This serves to give a quick understanding and background for any additional judges appointed to judge the project prior to judging day. It should capture the main essence of the project to fully comprehend the nature of the project. It should not include acknowledgements (including name of school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.

 

 

 

Online submission

Hardcopy Submission

1.

SSEF/ATS Entry Forms

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2.

SSEF Forms

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3.

Cover page

4.

Abstract

5.

Report

6.

2-page summary

7.

Individual colour photograph in JPEG format less than 100 kb (125 by 150 pix

ls)

       

(Attached to SSEF/ATS entry forms

 

For each project, 

Step No.

Instructions

Illustrations

1.

One set of SSEF/ATS Entry Forms and SSEF Form 1, 1A, 1B + additional forms where applicable, must be completed and placed in a separate sleeve, as in the picture

 

2.

2 sets of project documents containing the items below (with holes-punched) :

  • Cover page
  • Project abstract
  • Project report
  • 2-page summary

3.

Place the items below in one clear folder and label it as the Master Copy:

  • 1st  set of project documents
  • SSEF/ATS Entry forms & SSEF forms in clear sleeve

 

4.

Place the 2nd  set of project documents containing:

  • Cover page
  • Project abstract
  • 2-page summary
  • Project report

in an additional folder

5.

Place the 2 folders (Master copy + additional folder) neatly into an envelope, with the assigned code stated on the envelope, to be submitted to:

Science Centre Singapore
c/o
Fair Director (SSEF 2013)
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS: SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE (SRC)

A school-based SRC may be formed to assist the Fair SRC in reviewing and approving projects. All SRC members must be familiar with the ISEF/SSEF Rules and Guidelines during the reviewing process. These guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of students, to protect the subjects and environments studied and to limit the liability of the adults who assist with the projects.  Hence, it is important that the SRC ensures all projects abide by these rules and guidelines.

An SRC consists of a minimum of three members. The SRC must include at least:
1. biomedical scientist (e.g. Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.O., PharmD)
2. an educator
3. at least one other member
Additional Expertise: Many projects will probably require additional expertise to be properly evaluated (for instance, extended knowledge of biosafety or of human risk groups) and therefore additional members may be included in the SRC when such projects are reviewed.

The SRC can also serve as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and review projects involving human participants. To serve as an IRB, an SRC must also include a school administrator (preferably a principal or vice-principal) and one of the following who is knowledgeable and capable of evaluating the physical and/or psychological risk involved in a given study: a medical doctor, physician’s assistant, registered nurse, psychologist, licensed clinical professional counsellor or licensed social worker.

In order to minimise conflict of interest, the Adult Sponsor, parents, the Qualified Scientist and the Designated Supervisor must not serve on the SRC/IRB reviewing that project. In any case, the Fair SRC may override the decision of a school-based SRC/IRB wherever deemed appropriate.

For more information on the Operational Guidelines for SRC/IRB, please click here .
Interested schools are to complete the acknowledgement form in the Operational Guidelines and submit this, together with the list of your SRC/IRB members, to:

Science Centre Singapore
c/o
Fair Director (SSEF 2013)
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

Ms Rachel Chong

rz_chong@science.edu.sg

6425 2595

Mr Edwin Lim

lim_see_wai@moe.gov.sg

6879 6561

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