STEAM AHEAD: Vanda Science Global Finals

Vanda Science Global Finals (Vanda Finals) is an International Science Competition held annually around the globe. It focuses on the student’s ability to think critically and creatively to pick out hidden information to aid them in solving the question.

Vanda Finals has very strong teamwork component in the competition, and the Gold-winning group will demonstrate high levels of collaboration and mutual support. Questions in the competition have a strong foundation in scientific knowledge and methodology which include the development of reasoning and analytical skills, decision and problem-solving skills, flexible to respond to different context and possessing an open and inquiring mind that is willing to explore new territories and learn new things which are aligned to the desired 21st century competencies.

This international competition is open to Year 3 to Year 11 (Primary 3 to Secondary 5) Malaysian students who have won Gold/ Silver/ Bronze Award in Vanda Science.

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Surat Penganjuran Program & Pertandingan di bawah SMO Education Group bagi Tahun 2020

Date

STEAM AHEAD 2020-Vanda Finals: 20-24 November 2020 @ Bali, Indonesia

Format

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
  • Calculators NOT allowed for Year 3 to Year 6.
  • Calculators are ALLOWED for Year 7 to Year 11.
  • Mobile phones are strictly NOT allowed to be used inside the Contest Hall. You will be DISQUALIFIED from the Contest for using your Mobile phone during the Contest. Please refer to the Invigilators for assistance.

Round 2 Gakken Team Challenge (3 hours)

Section Questions Weightage
A Problem solving 30%
B Modification 50%
C Photo (taken by invigilators) 20%
  • Participants from different countries will be grouped into a team of 4 members.
  • Every team will be given a set of instructions, questions, science kit and other materials for the contest.
  • Calculators NOT allowed for Year 3 to Year 6.
  • Calculators are ALLOWED for Year 7 to Year 11.
  • Mobile phones are strictly NOT allowed to be used inside the Contest Hall. You will be DISQUALIFIED from the Contest for using your Mobile phone during the Contest. Please refer to the Invigilators for assistance.

Awards

The following awards will be given out for the contest:

Vanda Science 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)

Vanda Science Global Finals (Team Challenge – Round 2)

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

Vanda Science Global Finals Overall Championship

Cash Prizes will be awarded to Overall Top 3 Scorers for each grade combining both Vanda Finals Individual score (must be Gold award) and Vanda 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 AHEAD (A COMBINATION OF 3 COMPETITIONS – IJMO, Vanda FINALS AND DrCT FINALS)

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.