Design Thinking with Robotics and Computational Thinking International Competition Global Final (DrCT Finals) is one of STEAM AHEAD competitions that offers an interesting and fun platform for students to excel in computation thinking, problems solving, analytics, Artificial Intelligence and robotics.

We have designed an interesting platform for the students to learn together and resolve interesting real-life problem with ICT. The completion has very strong teamwork component, and it promote open communication, strong commitment, diversity of personalities and capabilities to work together to complete tasks assign to them.

Using Computation thinking also allows the students to have systematic approach to learn programming and our methodology of combining design thinking and robotics will provide an intuitive first introduction to programming, as well as infinite opportunities for gradually building more advanced projects using an electronics platform fulfilling a standard loved and tested by millions of people who use electronics for real-world applicable projects across the globe.

We aim to provide a platform for our talented students to showcase their ability, compete and communicate. By solving the contest tasks, projects with design thinking methodology, the students are encouraged to solve real-life problem using information technology and drive the growth of a robust ICT talent eco-system.

This international competition is open to Year 1 to Year 13 (Primary 1 to A-Levels/ STPM) Malaysian students who have won Gold/ Silver/ Bronze Award in DrCT (Online).

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STEAM AHEAD 2020-DrCT Finals: 5-6 December 2020 @ Online


The contest consists of 2 rounds:

Round 1 Written paper (60 minutes) – Total points (70 points), the paper starts with 5 points. All MCQ Questions.

Section Questions Correct Answers Wrong Answers No Answer
A 1 to 5 +2 points -1 point 0 point
B 6 to 10 +3 points 0 point 0 point
C 11 to 20 +4 points 0 point 0 point

Round 2 DrCT Finals Team Challenge (3 hours)

Section Questions Weightage
A Problem solving using computational thinking 40%
B Robotics, IOT or Artificial Intelligent 60%


The following awards will be given out for the contest:

DrCT Global Finals (Individual – Round 1)

^Perfect Score Full marks
^Gold Award Top 10%
^Silver Award Next 15%
Bronze Award Next 25%
Certificate of Honorable Mention Next 20%
Certificate of Participation Next 30%

^qualifies as a significant award for International Junior Honor Society (IJHS)

DrCT Global Finals (Team Challenge – Round 2)

Gold Award Top 10%
Silver Award Next 15%
Bronze Award Next 25%

DrCT Global Finals Overall Championship

Cash Prizes will be awarded to Overall Top 3 Scorers for each grade combining both DrCT Finals Individual score (must be Gold award) and DrCT Team Challenge score. Winners will only be announced during the Award Ceremony.

Overall Champion SGD250
Overall Runner-up SGD150
Overall 2nd Runner-up SGD100

There will only be one award for each of the above positions. In the event of any ties, we will try our best to contact parents at least 6 hours beforehand that they need to bring their child for a knock-out round held 30 minutes before the award ceremony. All contestants must attend and if they are absent, their opponent(s) will be given the award. No excuses will be accepted for any absentees.

The knock-out round will involve each contestant getting a similar question and the first person to give the correct answer will be named the winner. If none of the contestants get the answer correct, another question will be given, until a winner is established.

PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) – PAExS

Triple Gold Medal winners-Individual in Vanda Science Global Finals (Individual), DrCT Global Finals (Individual) and IJMO. These students will be awarded:

  • PAExS Platinum Medal & Certificate
  • US$300 Cash
  • Inducted into the International Junior Honor Society (IJHS)
  • Awarded a full scholarship to attend the Young Achievers Leadership Academy (YALA) Camp to be held in Singapore

(All expenses paid trip for the 5 days leadership camp in Singapore, scholarship winners must purchase their own air-tickets to Singapore)

Double Gold Medal winners-Individual in IJMO/VANDA, IJMO/DrCT or VANDA/DrCT. These students will be awarded:

  • PAExS Gold Medal & Certificate
  • US$100 Cash
  • Inducted into the International Junior Honor Society (IJHS)


STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. STEAM AHEAD is our initiative to combine our international academic competitions to educate students and bring them international exposure about possible career choices in these fields.
So, STEAM AHEAD is the first to combine 3 international academic competitions in one location and offer multiple opportunities for students to win awards in IJMO, Vanda Individual and Team, DrCT Individual and Team, plus Overall Champion in each grade level for IJMO, Vanda and DrCT, and Gold Medal winners in the following events – IJMO/Vanda, IJMO/DrCT, Vanda/DrCT, and IJMO/Vanda/DrCT- more than 12 awards to be won!

STEAM AHEAD 2020 is brought to you by SIMCC in collaboration with the International Scholastic Trust Limited and our 21 Indonesian School partners.

At each STEAM AHEAD event, we will start to promote linkages across the subjects so that it will help educate students and keep up their interest.

Our goal is to help our students get into professional paths that are future proof. Our society’s demand for technically driven roles is rising and therefore it is crucial that students are encouraged to get qualifications in Science, Technology and related fields. By getting qualifications that will allow students to work in innovative fields, they are guaranteed to have fulfilled and well-paid professions.