The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) to Enthuse Youths about Engineering
Supported by MOE, IHLs and industry partners, the sixth annual National Engineers Day will be held alongside the World Engineers Summit on Climate Change 2015 from 22 to 24 July
Singapore – 16th July 2015 – The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) announced that National Engineers Day (NED) 2015 will see greater action, fun and excitement in engineering focused events and activities for youths. It will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 22 to 24 July from 10am to 6pm. A key highlight of NED 2015 is the inaugural Energy Innovation Challenge (EIC).
To be held in conjunction with the World Engineers Summit (WES) on Climate Change 2015, NED 2015 will place students in the thick of action in the fight against climate change and the quest for solutions to earth’s depleting energy sources.
Students will attempt to look for alternative energy sources and solutions under the guidance of 48 professional engineering and business mentors for a period of four months. This is one of the largest participation by the industry for such a competition.
In addition to EIC, NED 2015 will present talks to demonstrate the exciting prospects and fulfilling nature of an engineering career to students, including ‘Engineers: Future Mankind Needs You’, ‘Magic of Engineering’, ‘To Create, or Not to Create – A Story about the SoundEye ARK sensor’, ‘Marrying Nature with Nanotechnology’, ‘Engineers Reaching the Sky!’ and a robot programming talk.
The Energy Innovation Challenge
Jointly organised by IES and Science Centre Singapore with support from the Ministry of Education, the National Research Foundation and the Energy Market Authority, EIC commenced with a networking party on 21 March 2015. A total of 72 teams from 34 schools and Institutes of Higher Learning have conducted research and designed products to demonstrate the use of alternative sources of energy under the guidance of their mentors.
Through EIC, participating students will gain valuable opportunities to learn from mentors from various engineering disciplines. During the four-month challenge period, besides being equipped with the knowledge to tackle the challenge through activities such as an energy trail, a ‘Tracing Green Singapore’ walk, introduction to microcontrollers, distance and motion sensing, data logging and intellectual property, students will also acquire basic engineering skills through hands-on workshops on 3D printing, basic soldering, CDC and laser cutting machine and a two-day intensive camp to refine their projects.
EIC comprises three categories. Category 1 consists of secondary schools and junior colleges. Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education form Category 2 while local and overseas universities come under Category 3.
Both the winning teams from Category 1 and 2 will be awarded a three-day educational visit, sponsored by Santos Ltd, an established Australian oil and gas company, to its engineering facility in Adelaide.
The first and second runner-up will win cash prizes of SGD1,000 and SGD700 respectively. University students will also have an opportunity to take their innovations a step further and create prototypes to compete for cash prizes of SGD8,000 (top prize), SGD5,000 (second prize) and SGD3,000 (third prize).
The challenge will culminate with the teams displaying their projects to local and international visitors at the three-day NED expo. Shortlisted teams will present their ideas at a final judging session on 24 July 2015 and the grand winners will receive their awards from the Minister for Education, Mr. Heng Swee Keat at the NED Closing Ceremony on the same day.
“As the national society of engineers, IES aims to reach out to our future generation of engineers through the National Engineers Day and to inspire them to take on the role of problem-solvers and nation-builders. For this year’s NED, we want students to experience first-hand global issues and give them an opportunity to develop energy solutions. By working and interacting closely with practising engineers as their mentors, students will receive exposure to climate change challenges,” said Dr Yeoh Lean Weng, Chairman, NED 2015 Organising Committee. “With the support of our partners and IES members, we believe that NED can serve as a platform to ignite students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and generate in them the passion to pursue engineering as a career and develop sustainable solutions.”
“The Energy Innovation Challenge provides a great opportunity for engineering and business professionals to play a part in inspiring students to join the engineering profession. In addition, the students’ enthusiasm and vigour also inject fresh perspectives, new ideas and renewed passion to our work, creating a win-win situation,” said Dr Ang Keng Been, Product Specialist – Asia Pacific (SKC Asia HSC Sampling Technologies Pte Ltd) and a mentor of the ITE College West team.
Launched in 2010 by IES, NED is an annual engineering event featuring an array of activities demonstrating the dynamic nature of an engineer’s work and the brilliant prospects of an engineering career.
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