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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. The challenge 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 demon.

The competition will culminate in a 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.

Previously known as Energy Innovation Challenge, this is the 5th installment 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.

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

  • Who can participate in this competition?

    The competition involves four categories:

    1. Secondary Schools
    2. Junior Colleges
    3. Polytechnics and ITEs 
    4. University, Singapore & International

    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.

  • 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. 

  • What resources are available to assist the teams in this challenge?

    A series of workshops and camps aimed in building up subject content knowledge and technical skills will be provided. More information will be announced at the briefing session in March 2019.

  • 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 developing young people’s 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 after than before participating in the competition season

Timeline

Introduction to EIC & Networking PartyMarch 2019
Workshops, Camps, ClinicsMar – May 2019
Submission of Proposal for Preliminary Judging27 May 2019
Announcement of Shortlisted Projects for Final Judging RoundJune 2019
Set-up for Final Judging17 July 2019
Final Judging Presentation @ National Engineers Day18 & 19 July 2019
  • Diffusion Cloud Chamber
    Date: 10 April 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 3, Pauling Lab, Science Centre Singapore

    What does meteorology have to do with particle physics? In this workshop, participants will learn how a serendipitous observation led to the development of the cloud chamber particle detector by Charles Wilson (Nobel prize 1927), according to Lord Rutherford the most wonderful and original instrument in scientific history. Exploiting concepts such as condensation, evaporation, and super-saturation, participants will build their own cloud chambers and observe some of the natural ionising radiation surrounding us.

    Objectives:
    Pressure, states of matter; evaporation/condensation; electromagnetic spectrum,Particulate nature of matter; Energy; thermal physics; nuclear physics

  • Optical Spectroscopy
    10 April 2019, 2.30pm, Science Centre
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    Spectroscopy is a class of techniques that investigates how radiation (such as, but not limited to light) is affected by interactions with matter. Our understanding of the world is largely based on spectroscopy for example, many chemical elements were first discovered through their spectra, and our knowledge how atoms and molecules are built has been almost entirely derived from spectroscopic observations. In this non-mathematical workshop, Participants build their own spectroscopes (which they can keep and use for further investigations) and use them to observe spectra of various light sources, culminating in the observation of Fraunhofer spectral lines in daylight. The characteristic properties of different types of spectra (atomic, molecular and solid-state origin) are qualitatively explained.

    Objectives:
    light; thin lens; real & virtual images; electromagnetic spectrum, waves; superposition (diffraction); energy levels; line spectra; atomic structure; covalent bonding; chemical elements/periodic table, orbitals; chemical bonding

  • Introduction to Radiation
    Date: 11 April 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
    Venue: Science Centre Singapore
    Ionizing radiations are present in every object we encounter albeit at a level that presents almost no impact on our health. It is also present in the air, the ground and even in ourselves. The workshop will identify what these radiations are, where they come from and quantify them. Demonstrations of their presence, e.g., in the air, and in some everyday objects will also be given.
  • Microwave Tear-Down
    Date: 22 April 2019 or 14 May 2019
    Time: 3pm - 5pm
    Venue: Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), Community Lab@UWCSEA, #B1-D119, 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704

    Many of us have microwave machines in our home, but have we ever managed to take one apart and figure out how it works? In this workshop, you'll be doing exactly that! Tear down a microwave machine into its sub-components and learn about how such non-ionizing radiation devices are designed for consumer comfort and safety! Working in small groups, participants will get to open up (and put together) a microwave machine.

  • Electronics 1
    Date: 9 April 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    Electronics is not just a key enabling technology of the modern age it can also be a fascinating hobby that has led many to a fulfilling high-tech career. In this workshop, participants will construct basic electronic circuits, experimentally investigate their behaviour using relevant test equipment and model it through application of circuit theory. Components covered include resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors and more. Participants will receive a kit of electronic components to continue experimentation at home.

    Objectives:
    current of electricity; DC circuits, AC circuits, systems, fundamentals of electricity; analogue electronics

  • Electronics 2
    Date: 2 May 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    *This workshop requires participants to have completed Electronics 1 workshop prior. 

    In this followup workshop, participants make the transition to the use of standard integrated circuits (operational amplifiers and 555 timer chip) and how their behaviour can be custom-configured via external components to suit a wide range of applications.

    Objectives:
    current of electricity; DC circuits; AC circuits, systems, fundamentals of electricity; analogue electronics; digital electronics (comparator, timing and counting circuits)

  • Basic Soldering & Electronics
    Date: 15 April 2019
    Time: 3pm - 5pm
    Venue: Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), Community Lab@UWCSEA, #B1-D119, 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704

    Learn how to identify common electronic components and develop your skill in soldering connections safely and quickly! This workshop will help you to build your own electronic projects. Participants will have hands-on experience testing components and soldering their own circuit.

  • 3D Printing & Modelling
    Date: 17 April 2019
    Time: 3pm - 5pm
    Venue: Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), Community Lab@UWCSEA, #B1-D119, 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704

    Explore the world of 3D printing and 3D Modelling and develop an understanding of operation, capabilities and limitations of the machines and software. Participants will have a hands-on experience with 3D Modeling and 3D printing their name. The Autodesk Fusion 360 software and Dremel 3D printers will be used.

  • Intro to Python with Raspberry Pi and Sense HAT
    Date: 23 April 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    Python is a powerful programming language that is used by many tech companies such as Google, Walt Disney and NASA while the SenseHat is an add-on to the popular Raspberry Pi mini computer and comes with a suite of sensors and actuators such as temperature/humidity sensors, accelerometers and an 8x8 LED screen. 

    In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic Python commands and data structures to access and control the various elements on a SenseHat as well as learn to use the Rapsberry Pi as a datalogger. This course serves as a gateway to beginners who are interested in learning this powerful programming language.

  • Intro to Microcontrollers 1 (Arduino C++)
    Date: 24 April 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    Microcontrollers are integrated circuits (IC) chips that are able to process input and control machines and devices based on their written program. In our current lifestyle, we can find Microcontrollers used in devices such as rice cookers, washing machines, remote controls, etc.

    In this workshop, participants will get to understand the different components of a development board used for prototyping. They will also get to exposed to the C++ programming language and write simple programs using Arduino's Integrated Development Environment (IDE). They will build circuitry on a breadboard using simple components such as buzzer, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and light dependent resistor (LDR). Mini projects will also be given during the session to enhance participants' understanding of the various components and programming skills taught in the workshop.

    Objectives: DC Circuits (Potential divider circuit)
  • How Ionisation Detectors Work
    Date: 26 April 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 4pm
    Venue: Science Centre Singapore

    Ionising radiation is invisible to the naked eye, but can be detected with the appropriate equipment. In this workshop, participants will learn about the different types of ionisation detectors and their working principles. Participants will get to see live demonstrations of the use of these detectors on examples of everyday objects with higher-than-background radiation, and also gain some understanding on the health effects of radiation.

  • Intro to Microcontrollers 2 (Arduino C++)
    Date: 3 May 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    *Participation in this workshop requires prior participation in "Introduction to Microcontrollers 1" workshop or equivalent experience.

    Building on the previous workshop, Microcontroller 1, participants will be introduced to more electronic components. For example, they will learn to use a potentiometer to control a RGB LED to create a home mood lighting system. Participants will be expose to more advanced programming syntax such as conditional loops and map function.

  • Datalogging (Arduino C++)
    Date: 8 May 2019
    Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm
    Venue: Level 2, CRADLE, Science Centre Singapore

    *Participation in this workshop requires prior participation in "Introduction to Microcontrollers 2" workshop or equivalent experience.

    Data logging is a common application in many science laboratories. In this workshop, participants will learn how to integrate micro-controllers, sensors and data storage devices to make their very own data loggers. The final activity will see participants designing and building their own air quality monitoring system that logs data as well as sound an alarm once the threshold values of certain variables are crossed.

  • Understanding & Using Laser Machines
    Date: 9 May 2019
    Time: 3pm - 5pm
    Venue: Sustainable Living Lab (SL2), Community Lab@UWCSEA, #B1-D119, 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704

    Get in-depth knowledge on the uses of the Laser Machine and learn how such machines (which use non-ionizing laser sources) work.  Participants will also learn how to convert an artwork into a laser ready file and techniques to engrave and cut intricate designs on various materials. They will also learn how to confidently set up a design file of their choice and safely use the machines to cut the part themselves!

Winners of EIC 2019

  • Category 1 (Secondary School) Winners
    Award Team Code School/Institution Project Title
    1st S-08School of Science and TechnologyDevelopment of a Photovoltaic Blue Light Delivery System for the Growth of Corals
    2nd S-11
    Yuvabharathi International SchoolInfrared Assisted Irrigation System
    3rd S-13Dunman High SchoolRobopleco
    MeritS-10Yuvabharathi International SchoolIR Assisted Wearable Guider for the Visually Impaired Person
    Merit J-15National Junior CollegeThe WIFI Boosting Phone Case
    Merit S-02Anglo Chinese School (Independent)433-RC
    Merit S-03St. Margaret's Secondary SchoolOculi Watch
    Merit S-05School of Science and TechnologyMicrowave Oven with Inbuilt Infrared Detection
    Merit S-17
    NPS International SchoolEmploying Plasma Formation due to Microwave Resonance within Aqueous Spheres in Precision Etching Industry
    Merit S-15River Valley High SchoolThermal and Solar Radiation Powered Lamp 
    PopularityS-10Yuvabharathi International SchoolIR 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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