SSYSF 2013 Camp - Science Centre

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SSYSF 2013 Camp: Innovative Sustainable Solutions for the 21st Century Date /Time: Pre Camp Briefing – August 29th 2013 Facilitators’ briefing: 4th October 2013 and 18th October 2013 Camp Dates: 21st, 23rd, 25th and 26th October 2013

Background The Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival is a national annual event jointly organised by Science Centre Singapore, the Science Teachers Association of Singapore and the Shell Companies in Singapore. SSYSF aims to give our youth a deeper insight into science and technology, and to provide them with opportunities to exchange views and experiences in science education. The SSYSF Shell Science Camp was an inaugural event this year. The Camp was seen as a good programme for the N(T) students and was strongly supported by the Ministry of Education’ Curriculum Planning & Development Division. The camp was designed to be a hands-on science adventure camp for Secondary 3 N(T) students. In an emergency scenario, students were to work with the materials they had available to ensure that they had food, water and electricity for themselves and their society. The camp objectives were to: a) create awareness of the limited resources on the planet and the need to use technology in a sustainable manner to solve global challenges; b) stimulate and reinforce interest in Sustainable Engineering through hands-on experiences; c) lead students through self-inquiry in understanding science concepts, and relating to life applications and the environment; d) encourage resourcefulness, teamwork and innovation.

The camp also aimed to give participants an exposure to hands-on Design and Technologybased solutions. The students worked together in teams to solve one of the following challenges:  Producing food on water  Harvesting Water from Air  Design and develop a Smokeless Stove Due to the nature of the challenges, the students not only gained exposure to prototype development, design, electrical and mechanical fabrication, but also an insight into social and environmental responsibility. The camp spanned a duration of 4 days. Participants attended a pre-camp briefing. Each school was encouraged to send a team of 2 students to participate in this event. The target participation was 40 students. There was no registration fee for the inaugural camp. Summary of camp programme

Students had to be present at the Science Centre on the days indicated. They could use the days in between to discuss with their team members and plan their project. The dates for the camp were: Pre-camp briefing – 29th August (2pm to 5pm) Day 1: Monday, 21st October 2013, 9am to 6pm Day 2: Wednesday, 24th October 2013, 9am to 6pm Day 3: Friday, 25th October 2013, 9am to 8pm Day 4: Saturday, 26th October 2013, 9am to 5pm The half day pre-camp briefing included an orientation and familiarisation session that allowed the students to understand the nature of the challenge, meet facilitators and form their teams. Sufficient facilitators consisting of Science Centre staff and teachers were recruited to ensure camp participants were mentored closely. Date / Time Thu 29th August 2013, 2 – 5pm

Programme

Mon 21st October 2013, 9am - 6pm

Social and Environmental responsibility Competency sharing Research Building mock-ups using CAD software

Wed 23rd October 2013, 9am – 6pm

Mechanical fabrication: 3D printing, CNC machining Electrical fabrication: Circuits, soldering, Arduino

Fri 25th October 2013, am – 8pm

Makerthon (Part1) Designing, fabricating and prototyping solutions for demonstration to judges.

Sat 26th October 2013, 9am to 5pm

Makerthon (Part 2) Designing, fabricating and modifying final prototype for demonstration at 5pm to a panel of judges. A barbeque will be held at 5.30pm to give students an opportunity to socialise and wind down after the intensive makerthon.

Pre-camp briefing: Familiarisation, Orientation and Group formation.

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