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Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) 

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 (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF 2015 will be held from 10 to 15 May 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


Latest Update!

The students briefing slides for the SSEF Students’ Briefing on 25 Feb 2015, 3pm @ NUS High can be found here.

The display and safety regulations document can be found here.

The Poster Design and Presentation document can be found here.

The results of the pre-judging round has been released!
Please click here to view the list of the shortlisted projects to the SSEF 2015 Finals.

A briefing session was conducted to students and teachers on 29 August 2014.
Attached is the presentation slides.

 


ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

 

PARTICIPATION RULES

SSEF is open to all (i.e. 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 1 May 2015. Short-listed applicants from the pre-judging round will participate in the SSEF final judging round. Top winners of SSEF who are chosen to represent Singapore in the Intel ISEF must be Singaporeans or PRs.

ATS is open to secondary school and pre-university students who are Singaporeans or PRs between the age of 15 and 20 years as of 1 Jan 2015.

Projects for SSEF can be submitted either as an individual or a team project. Each SSEF team must comprise not more than three members. However, there is no team award 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 2013 to 31 Dec 2014.

As SSEF is an Affiliated Fair of Intel ISEF, it is necessary for SSEF participants to familiarise themselves with the Intel ISEF International Rules and Guidelines as those rules are applicable to SSEF as well.

ENTRY FORMS

All participants of ATS are required to participate in SSEF.  Only SSEF Entry Form is required for both competitions, please complete only the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair Entry Form (this form is the same for both individual and team projects). ATS Entry form is no longer required from 2015 onwards.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE AND INTEL ISEF FORMS (REQUIRED FOR ALL SSEF PROJECTS)

All applicants need to register their projects online by 1 Dec 2014 here. They will also be required to upload their project documents (cover page, abstract, report, and two-page summary) online by 14 Jan 2015 (Wednesday). The hardcopies of these documents, the appropriate entry forms and relevant Intel ISEF forms are to be submitted to the Science Centre Singapore by 14 Jan 2015 (Wednesday) as well. Project entries without online registration will not be considered for the fair. Late entries will not be entertained.

As SSEF is an Affiliated Fair of Intel ISEF, all project entries must be accompanied by the relevant Intel ISEF forms. All individual and team projects must submit the following forms: Checklist for Adult Sponsor (Form 1), Student Checklist (Form 1A) with Research Plan / Project Summary attached and Approval Form (Form 1B). Form 1C: Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) is required if the research project is done outside the school. For team projects, each team member must submit Form 1B. Team members should jointly submit Form 1, Form 1A and a Research Plan/Project Summary.

In addition, projects that involve human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents and hazardous substances or devices will require review and approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and/or Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to experimentation. These projects require other Intel ISEF forms stated in the table below. Participants will need to complete Form 7 if their project is a continuation from the previous year.
 
Please click here to access the Intel ISEF Rules Wizard. This wizard will help you determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning your research project intended for competition at SSEF and Intel-ISEF.  Your answers to the list of questions will generate a list of forms and information that will be needed for your project.

Form

Description

(1) Checklist for Adult Sponsor

Required for all projects. To be completed before experimentation.

(1A) Student Checklist Form and Research Plan / Project Summary

Required for all projects.

(1B) Approval Form

Required for all projects. A completed form is required for each student, including all team members. To be completed before experimentation.

(1C) Regulated Research Institutional/
Industrial Setting Form

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.

(2) Qualified Scientist Form

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

(3) Risk Assessment Form

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.

(4) Human Participants Form

(with Human Informed Consent Form, if applicable)

Required for all research involving human participants not at a Regulated Research Institution. If at a Regulated Research Institution, use institutional approval forms for documentation of prior review and approval. IRB approval is required before experimentation.

(5A) Vertebrate Animal FormThe 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 (Intel ISEF). Intel ISEF 2015 will be held from 10 to 15 May 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Required for all research that involves vertebrate animals conducted in a non-regulated research site, e.g. home or school. SRC approval is needed before experimentation.

(5B) Vertebrate Animal Form

Required for all research that involves vertebrate animals conducted at a Regulated Research Institution. IACUC approval is needed before experimentation.

(6A) Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form

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.

(6B) Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form

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.

(7) Continuation Projects Form

Required for projects that are a continuation/progression in the same field of study as a previous project. This form must be accompanied by the previous year’s abstract and Research Plan.


To download the forms, please click here.

 JUDGING CRITERIA

  The judging criteria for SSEF 2015 is as follows:

 SSEF 2015 Pre-Judging criteria

Weighting (%)

SSEF 2015 Final Judging criteria

 Weighting (%)

Research Question/Problem

10

Research Question/Problem

10

Design and Methodology

20

Design and Methodology

20

Execution

25

Execution

25

Creativity

20

 Creativity

20

Presentation (based on written report)

25

Presentation
(Total – 25%)
Poster
Interview

7
18

Each criterion has been elaborated, please click here to download.

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 (on SSEF Final Judging Day) and interviews (ATS).

Please read the Intel ISEF Display and Safety Regulations to have a better idea of what should and should not be included in exhibits for the SSEF Final judging round. The size of the booths for SSEF may differ from that of Intel ISEF.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the official Intel ISEF website 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, Intel ISEF forms and project documents is 14 Jan 2015 (Wednesday). Applicants are strongly advised to complete and submit them as early as possible.

The project abstract, report and two-page summary must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font (or equivalent) with 1.5 line-spacing. The applicant’s full name should be printed on the upper right-hand corner of each sheet except for the cover page. The project documents comprise the following:

1. Cover page includes the title of project; names 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 (such as 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 not be more than seven pages, inclusive of data in tables, figures and diagrams. References and appendices do not count towards the seven-page limit. The report should not include acknowledgements (such as 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 (such as name of school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements. 

For each project, 

Step No.

Instructions

Illustrations

1.

IN THE 1st FOLDER
Place the items below in one clear folder and label at the top right hand corner "Master Copy":
• One set of completed SSEF/ATS Entry Forms and Intel ISEF Form 1, 1A, 1B, photocopied form 1C and other relevant Intel ISEF forms
• One set of project documents containing the items below in a plastic sleeve:

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

2.

IN THE 2nd FOLDER
Place the items below in another clear folder (not in a plastic sleeve) and label at the top right hand corner “Duplicate Copy”:

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

3.

Place the two folders neatly into an envelope, with the assigned code clearly written on the envelope, to be submitted to:

Science Centre Singapore
c/o
Fair Director (SSEF 2015)
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081


INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS: SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE (SRC) AND INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB)

A school-based SRC may be formed to assist the Affiliated Fair SRC in reviewing and approving projects. All SRC members must be familiar with the Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines during the review 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 IRB is a committee that must evaluate the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research involving humans. All proposed human research must be reviewed and approved by an IRB before experimentation begins. This includes review of any surveys or questionnaires to be used in the project.

The Affiliated Fair SRC may override the decision of a school-based SRC/IRB if the decision is deemed inappropriate.

The Intel ISEF International Rules and Guidelines  further elaborate on the composition and responsibilities of the review committees. As substantial changes have been made to the Intel ISEF rules, all schools that have previously set up their SRCs and IRBs would need to re-submit the acknowledgement form  to the Affiliated Fair Director for approval. Schools that are interested to set up their SRCs/IRBs are to complete the same acknowledgement form and submit the form, together with a list of your SRC/IRB members, to:

Science Centre Singapore
c/o
Fair Director (SSEF 2015)
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081

A reply endorsing the setting up of any new school-based SRCs/IRBs must be given by the Fair Director before the review committee can perform their role.

Should you have any queries regarding your application, please contact any of the following:

 Name Email Address Telephone
Ms Rachel Chong  Rachel_CHONG@science.edu.sg 6425 2595 For ATS matters
Mr Leonard Yong Leonard_YONG@science.edu.sg 6425 2579 For SSEF matters
Mr Gary Neo Gary_NEO@moe.gov.sg 6771 3082
Mr Eric Tan Eric_TAN@moe.gov.sg 6879 6566
Mr Tan Yong Yao TAN_Yong_Yao@moe.gov.sg 6879 6608

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