Students Flying the Singapore Flag High at International Competitions – MOE

Published Date: 05 September 2019 12:00 AM
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Congratulations to our students for pursuing their passions and flying the Singapore flag high at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament and the International Olympiads for the Sciences, Mathematics, and Informatics held from July to August 2019 at various host cities around the world. Our students’ participation in these international competitions is a joint effort between MOE and the following organisations: Singapore Mathematical Society; Singapore Institute of Biology; Institute of Physics, Singapore; DSO National Laboratories; Singapore National Institute of Chemistry; Geography Teachers’ Association of Singapore; National University of Singapore; and National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
2. Competing against 33 other countries/territories, the Singapore team emerged overall champion at this year’s IYPT held in Warsaw, Poland, from 6 to 13 July 2019.
The IYPT is organised around “physics fights”, that mimic discussions at research conferences, where participants present their research and provide constructive feedback on the work of other teams. This is the 7th consecutive year that Singapore has emerged overall champion at IYPT.
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3. The Singapore team won two Gold medals, two Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the IPhO in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 7 to 15 July 2019. Students explored the theoretical principles behind thermo-acoustic engines to convert heat into sound, and modelled the generation and absorption of microwaves in ovens. They also conducted experiments on the thermal and electrical properties of different metals. Singapore was placed joint 8th in a field of 78 countries/territories with 360 participants.
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4. The Singapore team garnered three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the IBO held in Szeged, Hungary from 14 to 21 July 2019. The students performed a diverse range of tasks, including the dissection and examination of chicken parts, the analysis of sugars with thin-layer chromatography, and the identification of plant structures. Singapore was placed joint 4th with Chinese Taipei and Netherlands in a field of 72 countries/territories with 285 participants.
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5. The Singapore team secured two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the IChO held in Paris, France, from 21 to 30 July 2019. Students took on a diverse range of tasks, including the chemical analysis of wine constituents using various methods such as redox titration and spectroscopy, as well as the exploration of ring motion in the design and synthesis of molecular machines. Singapore was placed 5th in a field of 80 countries/territories with 309 participants.
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6. The Singapore team won two Gold medals and four Silver medals at the IMO held in Bath, United Kingdom, from 11 to 22 July 2019. The six students employed advanced problem solving skills to tackle challenges in the areas of algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory. Singapore was placed 8th among 112 countries/territories with 621 participants.
7. The Singapore team clinched 1 Gold medal, 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal at the IOI held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 4 to 11 August 2019. During the competition, students faced challenging computational problems which tested their ability to design and implement efficient algorithms and data structures. Singapore was placed joint 15th in a field of 87 countries/territories with 327 participants.
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Last Updated: 05 Sep 2019


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