What is the competition about?

This competition aims to interest, excite and enable students to understand and experience how engineering plays a part in energy innovation. This 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 demo.

The competition will culminate in 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.

The latest updates for the competition workshops details, photographs and videos of all the activities can be found on the Facebook page.

Engineering Innovation Challenge 2021

Previously known as Energy Innovation Challenge, this is the 5th instalment of the competition sponsored by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is jointly organised by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and Science Centre Singapore, with the support of the Ministry of Education.

2021 will mark the 6th year for the competition, coaching students with skills such as prototyping and product development, as well as developing their presentation and collaboration skills. Over the years, many participants have benefited while working alongside professional practising engineers and gained valuable lessons throughout their competition journey.

EIC 2021 Winning Teams





  • Who can participate in this competition?

    The competition involves four categories:

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

    Teams can be made up of either individuals or a team of up to four students. All team members MUST be from the same school.

    Each school may allow more than one team (up to 10) to participate.

    The competition eligibility requires the student(s) compete in their respective category based on their age and the level/class they are currently attending in the year of the competition.

  • Competition Timeline
    EIC 2022 to be determined. Stay tuned!
  • Is prior experience or skills in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) required?

    All students, who may or may not be predisposed to science, math or technology, are welcome to participate in the competition. In fact, the competition aims to inspire, motivate and encourage students to acquire basic technical expertise while challenging the more experienced students. Participants will be given the opportunity and exposure to learn a range of skills, from design and building to finance, marketing, logistics management, arts, in order to research and build their product in this competition. 

  • Why involve a professional engineer? Why can't participants build the product on their own?

    The competition creates powerful mentoring relationships between the students and professional engineers, mechanics or technicians. The pool of mentors includes professional engineers from some of the world’s most respected companies. Students get to work closely with and learn from these “stars” of the engineering world. Such meaningful involvement of adults in students' lives serves to develop their potential.

  • What do I benefit from participating in this competition?

    The journey of building a prototype and going through numerous rounds of revisions with consultation from experts allows participants to gain maturity, build self-confidence and have a greater appreciation of teamwork and professionalism. Students also have fun while building a network of friends and professional mentors who continue to enrich their lives.

    The experience aims to enrich students:

    • understanding about science, math, teamwork, and the working world
    • attitudes about teamwork to be significantly more positive than before participating in the competition season
  • EIC 2022 (To be Determined)
  • Mentor's Choice Award

    The Mentor’s Choice Award was introduced in EIC 2021. Mentors will do a short write-up on their respective teams they were mentoring using this template. The Mentor’s Choice Award would not be based on the participant’s actual scoring or judging criteria, but it is an award/s of its own.


          - Teams with Mentors Paired by Science Centre Singapore

          - Teams in the Finals Round ( Phase C )

          - Cat 1 – Cat 3

Winners of EIC 2020

  • Category 1 (Secondary School) Winners
    Ranking Team CodeSchoolProject Title
    1st Place S-26 River Valley High School GROWnite
    2nd Place S-01School of Science and
    Investigation on how the amount of ionising
    radiation affects the growth rate of Vigna Radiata
    3rd Place S-12Orchid Park Secondary
    UV Tunnel for Sushi Conveyor Belt
    Merit S-11Orchid Park Secondary
    Food Irradiating Container
    Merit S-10Woodlands Ring Secondary School A Programmable UV LEDs Cultivation System for
    the Growing of Irradiated Melanized Edible
    Mushrooms as a Potential Source of Vitamin D
    Merit S-23Anglo Chinese School
    Merit S-27St Margaret’s Secondary
    An Improved Insect Sterilisation System
    Merit S-04School of Science and
    Development of UV Air Steriliser
    Merit S-03School of Science and
    Technology Singapore
    Development of a portable irradiation device for
    Merit S-16Jurong Secondary School Using Ionising Radiation to Grow Huckleberries
    in Tropical Climates
  • Category 2 (Junior College) Winners
    Ranking Team Code School Project Title
    1st Place J-13 National Junior College Improving Materials for Packaging Food for
    Radiation Processing
    2nd Place J-18 Victoria Junior College Increasing crop yield by reducing Arsenic
    poisoning in crops
    3rd Place J-03 Anglo Chinese Junior
    Merit J-04 Anglo Chinese Junior
    A Design of a Small Food Irradiation Device Used
    in Less Developed Country to Ensure Food
    Merit J-05 Jurong Pioneer Junior
    Merit J-07 Jurong Pioneer Junior College Locusts Sterilization drone
    Merit J-09 Jurong Pioneer Junior
    Irradiation in Germination
    Merit J-08 Jurong Pioneer Junior
  • Category 3 (ITE/Polytechnic) Winners
    Ranking Team Code School Project Title
    1st Place P-04 Temasek Polytechnic Food Rejuvenator
    2nd Place I-06 ITE College West Improve food security with enhanced food packing methods
    3rd Place I-04 ITE College East Photographic Film Ionizing Radiation Indicator
    Merit P-02 Singapore Polytechnic Revitalize
  • Category 4 (Universities) Winners
    Ranking Team Code School Project Title
    1st Place U-22National University of
    BevSafe: A hand crank-powered portable UV-C
    based beverage disinfector
    2nd Place U-25Nanyang Technological
    3rd Place U-12Chindwin Technological
    University Myanmar
    Innovative Food Irradiation Chamber
    Merit U-24 PSB Academy Unmanned Irradiation Vehicle for Farming
    Merit U-19National University of
    Low-Cost Food Storage Rack
    Merit U-11University Tunku
    Abdul Rahman
    Irradiation truck
    Merit U-07Institut Teknologi
    BEAMA: Beam of Accelerated Electrons and UV
    Light Sterilizer
    Merit U-18National University of
    Locust-Nator | Locust control using IR

Winners of EIC 2019

  • Category 1 (Secondary School) Winners
    AwardTeam CodeSchool/InstitutionProject Title
    1stS-08School of Science and TechnologyDevelopment of a Photovoltaic Blue Light Delivery System for the Growth of Corals
    2ndS-11Yuvabharathi International SchoolInfrared Assisted Irrigation System
    3rdS-13Dunman High SchoolRobopleco
    MeritS-10Yuvabharathi International SchoolIR Assisted Wearable Guider for the Visually Impaired Person
    MeritJ-15National Junior College The WIFI Boosting Phone Case
    MeritS-02 Anglo Chinese School (Independent) 433-RC
    MeritS-03 St. Margaret's Secondary School Oculi Watch
    MeritS-05 School of Science and Technology Microwave Oven with Inbuilt Infrared Detection
    NPS International School Employing Plasma Formation due to Microwave Resonance within Aqueous Spheres in Precision Etching Industry
    MeritS-15 River Valley High School Thermal and Solar Radiation Powered Lamp 
    PopularityS-10 Yuvabharathi International School IR Assisted Wearable Guider for the Visually Impaired Person


  • Category 2 (Junior College) Winners
    Award Team Code School/Institution Project Title
    1st J-13
    Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)Tempo: A Biosensor-Integrated Mobile Application for Real-Time Pacing Feedback to Increase Training Efficiency and Reduce Overexertion Casualties
    2nd J-04
    Hwa Chong InstitutionVehicooler
    3rd J-22St. Joseph InstituteCooking in the Sun
    Merit J-06Hwa Chong InstitutionIReye
    Merit J-26NPS International SchoolSolar Paint
    Merit J-23Jurong Pioneer Junior CollegeA Stitch In Time Saves Nine
    Merit J-17National Junior CollegeSun Glare Eliminating Windshield
    Merit J-24Jurong Pioneer Junior CollegeClear
    Merit J-16National Junior College3 in 1 Phone Case
    Merit J-25Jurong Pioneer Junior CollegeDeep Sea Chargers
    PopularityJ-04Hwa Chong InstitutionVehicooler
  • Category 3 (ITE/Polytechnic) Winners
    Award Team Code School/Institution Project Title
    1st I-11
    ITE College WestSelf Build a Radiation Detector
    2nd P-04Singapore PolytechnicNEW-CLEAR and NEW-PLANT
    3rd P-02Temasek PolytechnicSmart Radiation Detection System
    Merit P-01
    Temasek PolytechnicRadiation is Everywhere
    Merit I-09ITE College EastSmart Wear
    Merit I-08ITE College Central, School of EngineeringLow-Cost & Portable Radiation Detector for Education
    Popularity P-01Temasek PolytechnicRadiation is Everywhere
  • Category 4 (Universities) Winners
    Award Team Code School/Institution Project Title
    1st U–09
    National University of SingaporeProject Rad-X
    2nd U-15PSB AcademyUnderground Latent Radiation Autobot (U.L.T.R.A.)
    3rd U-06Nanyang Technological UniversityAutonomous Radiation-Mapping Robot 
    Merit U-05Asia Pacific University of Technology and InnovationLow-Cost and Portable Ionizing Radiation Detector
    Merit U-07Asia Pacific University of Technology and InnovationPortable Background Radiation Detector with GM tube and Arduino Nano
    MeritU-04Asia Pacific University of Technology and InnovationA Low-Cost IOT Based Background Radiation Monitoring System
    Merit U-08Technological Institute of the PhilippinesGeCo: A Compact Pocket Geiger Counter for Mobile Devices
    Merit U-01National University of SingaporeDetecting Radiation with Modified Domestic Items
    Merit U-02Chindwin College, MyanmarDesign of Digital Geiger Müller Counter
    Merit U-13Technological Institute of the PhilippinesProject Raven: Semiconductor Spectral Detector for Ionizing Radiation Agents
    PopularityU-08Technological Institute of the PhilippinesGeCo: A Compact Pocket Geiger Counter for Mobile Devices

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