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Sony Creative Science Award 

Let your students’ creativity blossom in the annual Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA). It is Singapore’s largest national toy-making competition for primary school students, jointly organised by the Science Centre Singapore and the Sony Group of Companies in Singapore, with the support of the Ministry of Education.

Every year, thousands of primary school students let their creativity run and get their hands down to bringing their amazing ideas to life. Through SCSA, these students get to engage in exploratory and skilful play with the addition of science learning.

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Important Dates for SCSA 2018

Event  Description
Teachers' Briefings
Feb 2018

22 Feb 2018 @ Tampines Primary School, 3.30pm
23 Feb 2018 @ Science Centre Singapore, 3.30pm

Teachers can understand more about the competition structure, supporting programmes and what judges are looking out for during this session.
Click here to view the briefing slides.

Mar - May 2018
Click here to register for workshops.

Registration Deadline
By 31 May 2018

Click here to register for the competition by 31 May 2018 for your school.
Toy Entry Submission

 4 - 6 Jul 2018

All toys are to be submitted to the SCSA organisers on stated dates. Each toy must be labelled with the respective category's sticker label and securely packaged with the required items.

For SCSA (Schools): Submission of Form B to report on number of students and entries for internal school-based competition.

Nomination for Blue Ribbon and Diamond Award
By Aug 2018

Submit the nomination form to nominate teachers who have contributed to organising the SCSA (Schools) competition or guiding students.
Final Judging Round
Aug 2018
Students will be tasked to create a toy on the spot with the materials provided!
Award Ceremony &
Toy Exhibition

Nov 2018
The winners will each receive an award at the award ceremony. Students will be able to view all the winning and shortlisted toys at the exhibition after the ceremony.

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The SCSA competition involves 2 main categories: - 

  • Junior WhizKid Category - Prmary 1 & 2
    In this category, Primary 1 & 2 participants will have to incorporate the usage of bottle caps as part of the toy. They are required to submit a photo of themselves creating the toy as well.
  • WhizKid Category - Primary 3 to 6
    In this category, Primary 3 to 6 participants can submit any toy creation that demonstrates scientific concepts creatively and submit a journal of the toy-making process together with the toy.

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Student Awards & Prizes

Student winners will stand to win the following prizes:

  • Junior WhizKid Category(Primary 1 & 2)
    Merit Award – Sony product voucher worth S$100 each
  • WhizKid (Primary 3 to 6 )
    First Prize - Sony product voucher worth S$1,000
    Second Prize - Sony product voucher worth S$600
    Third Prize - Sony product voucher worth S$300
    Commendation Award – Sony product voucher worth S$150 each
    Merit Award – Sony product voucher worth S$100 each

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Teacher Awards & Prizes

Teachers involved in organising of the SCSA (Schools) Competition in their schools are eligible to receive the following awards:

The Blue Ribbon Award seeks to recognise:

  • the influence teachers have on their students in the SCSA (Schools) Competition;
  • the role that teachers have in motivating their students;
  • the role teachers play in guiding, mentoring, and advising students; and
  • teachers that achieve results outside the classroom.

Diamond Award seeks to recognise the following in addition to the Blue Ribbon Award teachers that:

  • Have won at least two SCSA Blue Ribbon Awards prior;
  • Emphasises the participation and success of the nominated teacher’s students in the SCSA competition;
  • Have a track record of improving students’ achievements, using innovative out-of-classroom programme and activities, and making a difference in the students;
  • Overcame challenges in order to positively impact students in the competition.

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School Awards & Prizes

Schools that participate in the SCSA (Schools) will be recognised with the following award:-

  • Friends of SCSA Award
    Schools that have consistently organised SCSA (Schools) for three consecutive years will be recognised for their support with the "Friends of SCSA" Award.
  • Schools stand to receive cash prizes to fund their respective school initiatives in support of less-privileged students in their academic pursuits:-

  • Schools of Top 3 Winners
    Schools producing the top three winners in the ScizKid (Primary 3 - 6 category) and WhizKid Award category will receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 and a certificate.
  • Most Number of Shortlisted Toys
    Schools with the most number of shortlisted toys for each category will each receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a certificate.

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What is the SCSA (Schools) Competition?

The SCSA (Schools) is organised by schools internally, before the SCSA competition. Schools will evaluate, judge and shortlist their best entries for submission to the SCSA competition.

To assist schools in organising their own SCSA (Schools), the SCSA organisers will provide certificates for all SCSA (Schools) participants, and up to 50 exclusive SCSA tokens. Schools running the SCSA (Schools) will also have the rights to use the SCSA mascots in the school’s publicity materials related to the competition.

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How to qualify for an SCSA (Schools) Competition

A minimum of 30 students (maximum of 2 students for each submission) is required to qualify for SCSA (Schools).  This allows SCSA (Schools) Competition to be conducted on a small scale (one participating class), medium scale (one participating level), or large scale (entire school) – it is up to the school to plan a competition on the scale that they feel comfortable handling.

Click here to register your school’s competition as an SCSA (Schools) Competition before 31 May 2018.

Check out more details and information on planning for SCSA (Schools) here:
SCSA (Schools): A Playbook for Teachers

Learn how teachers had organised their SCSA (Schools) Competitions:

For further queries, please contact us at or 6425-2591.

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SCSA Winners

Click here to view the award winners from year 1999 to 2017.

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Started in 1998, the Sony Creative Science Award aims to stimulate interest in science among Singaporean primary school students, and to foster creativity. It also creates an opportunity to learn science beyond the classrooms, in a fun and enjoyable way.

When the competition first started, toys could only be made of common and recycled materials. This restriction was removed in 2001. The rule was changed so as to give the participants a wider range of materials to choose from, so that their toys will be sturdier and have a better finish.

In 2018, the competition format was revised.

Previous years’ themes are:


Year Theme
2003-2004 Animal Movement (using motor)
2005 Faces (using motor)
2006 Unusual Faces (using motor)
2007 Magnetic Motion (using magnets)
2008 Make Me Laugh (using springs)
2009 Make Us Laugh (using springs)
2010 I Can Dance
2011 Light, Sound, Action
2012 My Dream Toy
2013 Rock-Roll-Wobble
2014 Twist-Turn-Tumble
2015 Lifte Me Up
2016 Rise and Shine

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About SCSA

Started in 1998, the Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA) aims to develop and promote interest as well as creativity in science among primary school students in Singapore. It also provides an opportunity to learn science beyond the classrooms, in a fun and enjoyable way.

In this competition, primary school students are invited to use their imagination and creativity to make toys that demonstrate scientific principles. Workshops covering communications, creativity and hands-on sessions for both students and teachers are also provided as part of the SCSA programme.

About 5000 entries from 90 primary schools are received each year, making this competition very popular with students.


Brought to you by:                                                                     Supported by:

SONY                  MOE


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