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Young toy-makers shine at Sony Creative Science Award

Yoi Yam (left), a primary four student from Pei Chun Public School, examines his toy called Dragonball Y, as his schoolmate and fellow participant Joel Koh, 8, looks on, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 on Wed
Yoi Yam (left), a primary four student from Pei Chun Public School, examines his toy called Dragonball Y, as his schoolmate and fellow participant Joel Koh, 8, looks on, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Twenty-two-month-old Courtney Jaz Suguitan, a sibling of one of the award winners, tries her hand at a toy made by Yoi Yam, a primary four student from Pei Chun Public School, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science Award 2013
Twenty-two-month-old Courtney Jaz Suguitan, a sibling of one of the award winners, tries her hand at a toy made by Yoi Yam, a primary four student from Pei Chun Public School, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Jacob Tseng (left), a primary four student from St Hilda's Primary School, demonstrates his toy called Ball and Roll as Derek Lee (right), a parent of one of the other winners observes, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science A
Jacob Tseng (left), a primary four student from St Hilda's Primary School, demonstrates his toy called Ball and Roll as Derek Lee (right), a parent of one of the other winners observes, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob (right) watches as Science Centre Singapore chief executive associate Professor Lim Tit Meng tries out a toy invented by student Xia Yanhao, called the Sky Twins, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony
Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob (right) watches as Science Centre Singapore chief executive associate Professor Lim Tit Meng tries out a toy invented by student Xia Yanhao, called the Sky Twins, during a tour of the winning toys at the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob (right) looks at the winning toys of the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 during a tour on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob (right) looks at the winning toys of the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 during a tour on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob (right) watches as ten-year-old Ashutosh Menon Rajeev from The Global Indian International School demonstrates his toy, which won him the first prize in the Whizkid category of the Sony Creative Science Award
Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob (right) watches as ten-year-old Ashutosh Menon Rajeev from The Global Indian International School demonstrates his toy, which won him the first prize in the Whizkid category of the Sony Creative Science Award 2013 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Elegance of design won judges' hearts at this year's Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA), a toy-making competition for primary school pupils. More than 4,200 toys from 96 primary schools were submitted this year, which is the 16th time that the competition has been held.

Ashutosh Menon Rajeev, 10, built a car that moves when a pendulum is swung. His creation won first place in the WhizKid category where participants had to make something that rocks, rolls, or wobbles.

The winner of the open category, Jacob Tseng, put together a contraption from magnets, rubber tubes, and bicycle spokes. The Primary 3 pupil's toy features a magnetic elevator that lifts a ball to the top of the device and lets it fall in an infinite loop. "I built the toy in one week," said the 9-year-old. "I was really rushing, because I had to get all the materials."

Speaking at the award ceremony, Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob praised the SCSA for giving pupils the opportunity to translate ideas into action. "The process of toy making captures a child's imagination, and forms the discovery process which is an important learning tool for our young children," she said.