Education Briefs

600 students join Toy Design Competition

More than 600 students from 38 secondary schools joined this year's Toy Design Competition, organised for the 10th time by Singapore Polytechnic's School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.

The annual event, this year held on July 28, aims to get students to explore engineering. Participants competed in two categories: one in which they made toys with moving gears, and the other in which they created aircraft-type toys using computer programs and 3D printers.

Top honours in the former category went to Montfort Secondary School for a toy of moving dinosaurs, while Tanjong Katong Girls' School took second place. Joint-third place went to Henderson Secondary School and Tanjong Katong Girls' School.

In the aircraft category, River Valley High School took the top two spots with a model inspired by a flying insect (first place) and one inspired by Victorian London (second place). Chung Cheng High School (Main) and Yuying Secondary School tied for third.

The champions in each category won $1,000 cash and product vouchers, as well as a trophy.

ITE College East wins garden design contest

A trio of students from ITE College East won the Gold award at the first Landscape Design Challenge, held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival last month.

The team beat seven other teams to take pole position. They won $2,400 in shopping vouchers.

During the "live" competition on July 23, teams had four hours to create a garden and were judged on their design and plant selection.

The team comprising Nur Hayati Abdul Kader, Muhamad Danish Norzaidi and Nur Afifah Abdul Razak, all aged 17 and in their first year of Nitec in Facility Technology (Landscaping Services) studies, won with their children's garden design.

Their Children's Chillout Garden features a mini maze and a sandpit, and used plants such as bird's nest fern and heliconia. It aims to encourage children to learn through play.

Two teams comprising Singapore Polytechnic students studying Landscape Architecture took Silver and Bronze.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2016, with the headline 'EducationBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe