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 Malaysian students who have won Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in VANDA Science.

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Surat Penganjuran Program & Pertandingan di bawah SMO Education Group bagi Tahun 2019

Date

27 July 2019, Saturday – Contest Day (VANDA Registration starts at 11.30am, VANDA Contest ends around 5pm) @ Universiti Malaya

29 July 2019, Monday – Gala & Prize Giving Ceremony (10.30am-2pm, Registration starts at 10.00am) @ Wisma Huazong

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 (2.5 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, Gakken 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 (Updated!)

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%

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

Gakken Scientist Book Prize is awarded to VANDA Overall Championship winners for each grade:

Champion SGD250
Runner-up SGD150
2nd Runner-up SGD100
  • VANDA Science Global Finals (Round 1) Individual Award will be awarded to top 50% (Gold / Silver / Bronze Medal + Certificate)
  • VANDA Science Global Finals (Round 2) Team Award will be awarded to top 50% teams (Gold / Silver / Bronze Medal + Certificate)
  • VANDA Science Global Finals (Overall Championship) Individual Award will be awarded to Top 3 Scorers for each grade (Trophy + Certificate + Cash)
  • All VANDA participants will receive a Certificate.

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

PAExS is awarded to all students who win GOLD Awards in both IJMO & VANDA Science Global Finals (Individual). These students will be awarded:

  • PAExS Medal & Certificate
  • IST Book Prize: US$100 Cash
  • Inducted into the International Junior Honor Society (IJHS)

Top 20 students will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Young Achievers Leadership Academy (YALA) Camp to be held in Singapore from 15 to 19 December, 2019
(All expenses paid trip for the 5 days leadership camp in Singapore, scholarship winners must purchase their own air-tickets to Singapore)