Shell Thought Leadership Question of the Week
July 15: How can technology be used to meet the challenges that a greying Singapore population brings?
Check out past questions and responses on www.singapolitics.sg/big-quiz
Hwa Chong Institution
Nanyang Junior College
River Valley High School
Game for The Big Quiz?
The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz, or The Big Quiz, aims to promote interest in current affairs and various issues, with a local perspective.
Co-organised by The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education for the second year, it is supported by the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, the presenting sponsor; and Shell, the quiz's innovation partner.
In the run up to the quiz rounds, a series of primers on current affairs will run on Mondays in the Opinion section of The Straits Times, while editors and correspondents of The Straits Times will also give talks on various issues of the day.
In the new Shell-sponsored Thought Leadership Question segment, a question will be posed alongside primers for first-year pre-university students and Year 5 Integrated Programme students from 24 participating schools to respond to.
From April 8, the best 10 responses to each question will be uploaded to Singapolitics.sg for voting. The top three responses with the most votes will each win $200 vouchers. The best overall essay over the whole series of questions will win $1,000 vouchers.
The primers, talks and sponsored segment will be capped off by four quiz rounds in which teams from participating schools will vie for the top prize: a championship trophy and $5,000 cash.
The Big Quiz is open to first-year pre-university students and Year 5 Integrated Programme students from 24 participating schools.
Talk at Jurong Junior College, April 17
Talk at Meridian Junior College, May 3
Talk at Victoria Junior College, May 8
Preliminary round and talk, July 17: Teams from 24 participating schools will take a paper quiz of 50 questions within 30 minutes. The top 16 teams will proceed to the next round. On the same day, after the quiz, a talk given by The Straits Times will be held.
Quarter-final round, July 19: The 16 teams will compete against one another in four groups of four teams. Six teams, including the four winning teams and two other teams with the next highest scores, will advance.
Semi-final round, July 24: The six teams will compete against one another in two groups of three. Four teams, including the two winning teams and two other teams with the next highest scores, will advance.
Final round, July 31: Four finalist teams will compete for the championship trophy and $5,000 cash.