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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STEAM AHEAD 2020-Vanda Global Finals: 5 December 2020 @ Online, 12.30pm-6.30pm


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 Cherrr Team Challenge (3 hours)

Section Questions Weightage
A Problem solving questions 30%
B Modification questions 50%
C Design and explain 20%
  • All participants will be placed into teams of 9 during the whole of Round 2. Each team must elect one leader to upload the team’s answers into our system. All team members will be graded according to the team leader’s submission.
  • Every team will be presented with an online experiment and will have to answer different questions about the experiment based on the different sections.
  • Section A – Problem-solving questions
    • The team will answer free response questions based on the experiment they are presented with.
  • Section B – Modification questions
    • The team will answer questions on what modifications they will make to the experiment based on the scenario(s) given.
  • Section C – Design and explain
    • The team will design their modified experiment based on Section B and explain their modifications.
  • Calculators NOT allowed for Year 3 to Year 6.
  • Calculators are ALLOWED for Year 7 to Year 11.

VANDA Global Final Awards

The following awards will be given out for the contest:

Individual Awards – Round 1 (Written Paper)

^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)

Team Awards – Round 2 (Cherrr Team Challenge)

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

Vanda Global Finals Overall Championship Awards

Vanda Overall Championship awards are given to the top 3 winners per grade level from Grades 3-10/11 based on the VANDA Individual Score from Round 1 (must be Gold Award) and team score from Round 2. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony.

Cash Prizes will be awarded:

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

In the event of any ties, we will give the winners the same position. For example, if two contestants score 90 points and the third contestant scores 87 points, we will grant 2 overall champions and an overall 2nd runner-up.

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

PAES awards are given to the top winner from each grade who has scored the highest across all individual competition categories (IJMO and Vanda Global Finals – Individual).

For Grades 2 to 10/11 (1 Winner per Grade)

  • Trophy
  • Certificate
  • Induction into the International Junior Honor Society (IJHS)
  • Young Achievers Leadership Academy (YALA) Scholarship – for Grades 5 and above
  • US$300 Cash Prize

Award Badges

Limited-edition badges are given to award winners (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Perfect Score and 2nd Runner-up, Runner-up and Champion).

IJMO Award Badges Samples:

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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 2 international academic competitions in one location and offer multiple opportunities for students to win awards in IJMO, Vanda Individual and Team, plus Overall Champion in each grade level for IJMO and Vanda, and President’s Award for Excellence in STEAM (PAES) winners in IJMO/VANDA.

STEAM AHEAD 2020 is brought to you by SIMCC in collaboration with the Scholastic Trust Singapore.

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.