Teams from Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), Bedok Green Secondary School and St Hilda’s Secondary School have been crowned the top three winners of the inaugural Singapore Energy Grand Challenge (Youth) – (SEGC (Youth)). The winning teams were unveiled at a virtual award ceremony with Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Low Yen Ling in attendance.
2 The Energy Market Authority (EMA) launched the SEGC (Youth) in March 2020, inviting secondary school students to co-create Singapore’s Energy Story with the question “How would your energy efficient school or neighbourhood in Singapore look like in 2050?”. 92 teams across 29 secondary schools took part in the challenge, using Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition to create their ideal energy efficient world and showcase their aspirations for Singapore.
3 Team Futurae, from Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), clinched the championship with their creative and comprehensive presentation of innovative energy efficient ideas for Singapore in 2050. Their ideas included having environmentally friendly public buses that are powered by both solar and hydrogen.
4 Special mention goes to the first runner-up, Physicsociety from Bedok Green Secondary School, for their creative video delivery and impressive Minecraft world. The second runner-up, Lightning Prodigies from St Hilda’s Secondary School, also demonstrated a thorough consideration of balancing the trade-offs between energy security, competitive prices and environmental sustainability.
5 Minister of State Low Yen Ling said, “As our energy sector evolves towards a cleaner and more sustainable future, we are looking to our young generation to co-create ideas and solutions with the Government and other stakeholders. I am heartened by the encouraging response from our youths in this inaugural edition of the SEGC (Youth). The winning entries demonstrate the students’ depth of understanding about our energy landscape and capture their hopes for a sustainable Singapore. Their participation bodes well as we see youths taking a more active part to own, shape and act on our shared future. We look forward to more fresh and innovative ideas in the following editions to come.”
6 Sunseap CEO and Executive Director Mr Frank Phuan, one of the judges, said, “We are heartened to see so much interest from our youths in the energy landscape. They are our nation’s future and their enthusiasm in contributing ideas to shape the future of energy augurs well for the national effort to create a cleaner, greener Singapore. Congratulations to the winners and to all participants. I hope this is only the start of their sustainable journey and they will continue to use their imagination and creativity to help tackle the most pressing issue of our time – climate change.”
7 Team Futurae received a $5,000 cash prize and a Challenge Trophy for their school, while Physicsociety and Lightning Prodigies received $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
8 The judging panel for the Challenge comprised representatives from EMA, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Microsoft Singapore, Sunseap Group and Science Centre Singapore.
9 The SEGC (Youth) is a partnership between EMA and Microsoft Singapore. It is supported by Singapore Polytechnic and IMDA. It is held in line with the Singapore Together movement where Singaporeans can partner the government and one another to own, shape and act on a shared future for Singapore. The next edition of the SEGC (Youth) will be held in the first half of 2021.