Make-A-Thon 2014

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Portable motion sensors that prevent the elderly from bumping into obstacles. Lights that will automatically switch on when it is dark or windows that will automatically open or close depending on the weather. All these and more were developed by regular Singapore primary and secondary school students.

From 3-5 June 2014, SST organised its inaugural Make-A-Thon with the theme “Enhancing the Life of Singapore’s Pioneer”. A total of 120 students from 6 primary schools and 10 secondary schools participated in the overnight coding event.

The Maker’s Movement is a trend in which Do-It-Yourself (DIY) techniques are used to create technology products or prototypes and is fast gaining recognition globally. In recent years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has even introduced a Maker Portfolio component in their admissions assessment while initiatives such as IDA Labs and Block 71 have been set up in Singapore by the government to support incubation.

The student participants were mentored prior to the actual competition, attending workshops focusing on electronic platforms such as the Arduino (Primary and Secondary), Annikken Andee (Secondary) and Little Bits (Primary). They also went for learning journeys that included consultancy from IDA Labs@Bugis and support from Home-Fox to build their prototypes.

Students work in groups of 2-5 to create a prototype using the different electronic platforms. They would then have to pitch their ideas in front a panel of judges.

SST would like to congratulate the following teams:

Internal Category (SST)

Champion
Axios Inc

1st Runner Up
TeamStorm

2nd Runner Up
Team CEKA

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Primary Category

Champion
Bukit Timah Primary School – Inspire@BTPS

1st Runner Up
Innova Primary School – Innovians

2nd Runner Up
Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) – ACS(J)

Judges Award
Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School – Pei Hwa 2

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Secondary Category

Champion
Temasek Secondary School – TMS hackers

1st Runner Up
School of Science and Technology, Singapore – Xeneo Studios

2nd Runner Up
Temasek Secondary School – Team 1

Judges Award
Hong Kah Secondary School – WELOVEHKSS
West Spring Secondary School – Team WestSpring

For photos and event highlights, do check out the SST Facebook