3 Singaporean student teams took home awards at Intel science fair

3 Singaporean student teams took home awards at Intel science fair

Three Singaporean student teams took home awards from Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the Chemistry, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and Environmental Engineering categories.

The fair which is organised by American tech company Intel, selected finalists from hundreds of affiliated fairs.

Their projects are then evaluated onsite by approximately 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.

Hwa Chong Institution's Lim Zheng Theng, Tan Yi Zhao and Tan Kye Jyn Benjamin walked away with a Second Award of US$1,500 (S$1,981) in the Life Sciences category and a Second Life Science Award of US$1,000 from The Scientific Research Society for their project, 'Synthesis of Electrospun Nanosilver-Functionalized Nylon 6 Nanofibres for Membrane Water Purification'.

Representing NUS High School of Mathematics and Science were Ren Yuhua and Madhumitha Shridharan who bagged an award of US$1200 from the China Association for Science and Technology for their 'Wearable LED Illumination for Skin Sensitivity Calibration' project.

In the Chemistry category, Claudia Lee from the Raffles Institution received a Fourth Award of US$500 for her project 'Metal-free Click Chemistry for the Development of Peptide-based Biomaterials'.

The top prize of the competition was awarded to Raymond Wang, 17, or Canada, for engineering a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission. Wang received the Gordon E. Moore Award of US$75,000, named in honour of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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