A*STAR – Essec Science Communicators’ Challenge

Change The World In 3 Minutes Through Science

The first A*STAR-ESSEC Science Communicators Challenge aims to grow a stronger science and technology presence in Singapore by encouraging public conversations around science which improves society and betters our lives.

Two competition categories, comprising students and A*STAR scientists, participate in a battle of words and wit through a 3-minute presentation on a scientific topic of their choice.

Winners stand to win attractive prizes and the coveted title of A*STAR-ESSEC Science Communicator!

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3 easy steps to apply

– Create a 1-minute video on a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topic of your choice and publish your video on YouTube. (Instructions on uploading to YouTube can be found here.)

– Attach the YouTube URL to the submission portal.

– Fill up and submit the registration form (If you are below 18 years of age, please attach the parental consent form provided.)

Alternatively, you may come down to our Open Auditions on Friday, 31 August 2018 where you can present your science topic to our judges. If you wish to participate in these Open Auditions, please email details of yourself (<100 words) and your chosen topic (<100 words) in Word format to Ms Naaznee Begum at naaznee_begum_from.tp@hq.a-star.edu.sg. The details of the open auditions are as follows:

Time: 11am
Location: Resonance Room, Level 13 Connexis North Tower,
One Fusionopolis Way, Singapore 138632

10 people from each category (either from the uploaded videos or from Open Auditions) will be shortlisted by a Selection Panel from A*STAR and ESSEC for the Finals to be held at the one-north Festival on 7 and 8 September 2018.

Eligibility

Student Category (Finals on 7 September 2018)

  • Open to all (Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners) full-time students, 17 years and above as of 31 December 2018
  • Must be available for the Heats and Finals on Friday, 7 September 2018 from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the one-north Festival at Fusionopolis One.

A*STAR Scientist Category (Finals on 8 September 2018)

  • Open to all (Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners) researchers working in A*STAR as of 8 September 2018.
  • Must be available for the Heats and Finals on Saturday, 8 September 2018 from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the one-north Festival at Fusionopolis One

Video Criteria

The video should meet the following criteria:

  • One video entry per contestant
  • Tailored to a general audience without little to no background in science
  • Not exceeding one minute in duration
  • No editing or special effects necessary
  • No form of electronic media in the video e.g. PowerPoint, sound and video files.
  • No other participants or excessive props
  • No background music (unless it is relevant to your topic)

PRIZES

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Student Category A*Star Scientist Category
Champion Champion
– Notebook (Valued up to S$1,500) – SGD 1,000 cash
ESSEC watch – ESSEC Executive Workshop (Valued up to S$3,000)
Runner-Up Runner-Up
– Smart watch(Valued up to S$400) – SGD 500
– 1 ESSEC Executive Workshop (Valued up to S$3,000)
All Finalists All Finalists
– Certificate of Participation – Certificate of Participation

Competition Timeline

Description Dates
Registration Period 27 July 2018 to 2 September 2018
10 short-listed contestants chosen by our Selection Panel will be informed by email, together with further details for the Heats and Finals.
Videos with the most likes will also be taken into consideration.
In the event that the eligibility criteria are not met, the contestant will be disqualified.
3 September 2018 to 5 September 2018
Student Category (Heats and Finals)
2 rounds of Heats, 5 contestants per round: 11am to 12.30pm.
Top 5 of the 10 contestants will proceed to the Finals.
The Finals will be held at 2.30pm.
7 September 2018
A*STAR Scientist Category (Heats and Finals)
2 rounds of Heats, 5 contestants per round: 11am – 12.30pm.
Top 5 of the 10 contestants will proceed to the Finals.
The Finals will be held at 2.30pm.
8 September 2018

View and Cheer for your favourite videos and be part of the hunt for the next A*STAR- ESSEC Science Communicator!

Download our Contestant Guide

Download our competition FAQ sheet here| Terms & Conditions

Download our letter of consent here

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