NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Students Announced Winners of 10th Singapore Junior Water Prize 2017
May 29, 2017
- The inaugural Sembcorp Water Innovation Medal introduced as part of the competition
A team of two students, Lim Kia Teng, 17, and Zhou Jiahao, 18, from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science has been named winner of the 10th Singapore Junior Water Prize 2017. The annual national competition is organised by Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp), Lien Foundation and Ngee Ann Polytechnic and supported by PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency.
For the first time, a new and special award, the Sembcorp Water Innovation Medal, was introduced as part of the competition to recognise industry applicable water projects of outstanding merit as decided by technical experts at Sembcorp and distinguished industry expert judges. This was won by Koh Wee Chen, 19, Ayu Surya Binte Zainuddin, 21, and Chin Ze Zhao Eugene, 20, from Singapore Polytechnic for their multidisciplinary and innovative approach to removing organic contaminants using an economic filtration system containing sugarcane bagasse.
The Singapore Junior Water Prize is a prominent national competition open to students from secondary schools, integrated programme schools, junior colleges, Institutes of Technical Education and polytechnics. The top winning team clinched an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to compete in the prestigious international Stockholm Junior Water Prize, representing Singapore. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition is held every August in Sweden, and is graced by H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. In addition, the team will also receive a cash prize and trophy.
Siah Keng Boon, Chief Technology Officer, Sembcorp, said, “As Singapore’s leading water company and pioneer in innovative solutions for clean and sustainable water, we constantly look for opportunities to strengthen our capabilities in this sector. This includes engaging young talent early on. The Singapore Junior Water Prize has established itself as a premier event to groom future professionals for the local water industry and we are happy to come on board as a new joint sponsor and organiser of this esteemed competition. Sembcorp has been a strong supporter of water and environmental education outreach to the youth and we hope that all participants gained an enriching experience from the event and continue to pursue their interest in this field.”
Mariam Mathew, Chairperson of the Singapore Junior Water Prize Organising Committee said, “In addition to Lien Foundation, we are very happy to have industry representation with Sembcorp on board as a joint organiser and sponsor. As organisers, we hope to nurture Singapore youths to take up the challenge on water-related issues and to inspire young Singaporeans who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) to consider a future career in the fields of water, environment and sustainability.”
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