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Concordian Sails Away with Top Sony Creative Science Prize

Made of Tupperware, chopsticks and foam paper, eight-year-old Lai Shi Jie's homemade toy pirate ship is unlikely to last long on the high seas.

But yesterday it won him first prize in an annual toy-making contest which encourages kids to test their skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Click here (Straits Times) or here(Little Day Out) to read more.

Primary school students turned toy-makers at the Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA) competition. Now into its 19th year, this year’s SCSA saw a large jump in the number of submissions with more than 6,400 entries received as students applied scientific principles and creativity to come up with their own toys. The annual competition took place in two categories, ScizKid and WhizKid. In the ScizKid category, students were required to demonstrate at least one scientific principle through their toy. First prize for the category went to Primary Three student from Concord Primary School, Lai Shi Jie. His toy, Go! Go! Pirate Ship, required the player to manipulate a pirate ship to sink a marble into a hole while keeping smaller coloured beads on the ship’s deck.