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ABOUT SCIENCE CHRONICLES

Science Chronicles is a science fiction writing competition organised by A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC).

Launched in 2007, the competition aims to foster a new generation of scientific thinkers and writers who let their imagination reign free when it comes to the infinite potential of science and technology.

Science Chronicles is open to all students in Singapore between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.

Students are given free reign to pen their literary creations while including elements of science and technology within their storyline.

Science Chronicles is a literary quest that seeks to:

  • Identify budding writers among the student cohort
  • Promote the applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to everyone
  • Encourage imaginative thoughts of science and technology of the future among students
  • Build a new breed of scientific thinkers and visionaries – who can fuse the applications of science and research with the art of imaginative literary creation.

This year, the Science Chronicles will introduce a new element to the competition. Besides the writing competition, Science Chronicles will call for science fiction stories through video submissions.

WRITING COMPETITION

The competition is open to all students studying in Singapore, between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

CATEGORY A CATEGORY B
  • Secondary 3 and 4 students
  • IP Schools Year 3 and 4 students
  • International students aged 15-16 years old studying in Singapore
  • Junior College 1 and 2 students
  • IP Schools Year 5 and 6 students
  • ITE and Polytechnic students
  • International students aged 17-18 years old studying in Singapore
  • Your story must incorporate the theme of science and technology, and must be between 1,500 to 3,000 words.
  • Entries which have been submitted or published, or have won prizes, in local or overseas competitions will not be eligible.
  • Co-produced entries are accepted as one entry.
  • Late submissions will not be considered for the competition.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but stories must be clearly labelled and titled to avoid confusion.

Essays must:

  • Be submitted in this format:
    • Typewritten in English
    • Font type: Arial
    • Font size: 12 point
    • Maintain a 1.5-line spacing, with a 1-inch margin on all sides
    • A4-page setting
  • Have at least 1,500 words and a maximum of 3,000 words per entry
  • Have a separate cover page that includes:
    • Your full name
    • Your school
    • Title of your essay
  • Have the title indicated at the top right hand corner of each page of your manuscript
  • State the total number of words written at the end of your manuscript
  • Number each page of your manuscript
  • Be submitted through the online registration portal and all registration fields must be completed during the online submission
  • Be attached and submitted through the online registration portal in Word Document (doc/docx)

The submission deadline for the competition is 30 April 2017, 11.59pm.

The finalists and winners of the writing competition will be announced during the Science Chronicles Awards Ceremony, in early 2018.

An email acknowledgement will be sent to confirm your online submission. If you do not receive an email notification within three days from your submission, please contact sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 for clarification.

Your stories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Interesting setting, creative use of scenario, with inclusion of at least some mention of Science and/or Technology (30%)
  • Originality and completeness of storyline (30%)
  • Organisation, development of ideas expressed and usefulness or appropriateness of examples where relevant (20%)
  • Consistency of language usage, proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, variety in sentence structure and range of vocabulary (20%)
  • (Bonus) Incorporating R&D setting or promoting understanding of technological innovation through research in storyline (5%)

Copyright

All submitted essays and all rights to their publication become the property of IHPC, which may use, edit and extract these essays for publicity/research and student outreach purposes.

Privacy

Personal particulars of all entrants will remain confidential and known only to competition secretariat during the competition. The names and contact details of the entrants may be made known to the judges after the competition is completed.

In the event of media interview requests with the prize winners, IHPC will seek prior consent of the winners and their schools.

Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three stories in each category. Prizes will be awarded according to per entry and not the number of writers.

For further enquiries and information, please contact sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 during office hours.

VIDEO COMPETITION

The competition is open to all students studying in Singapore, between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

CATEGORY A CATEGORY B
  • Secondary 3 and 4 students
  • IP Schools Year 3 and 4 students
  • International students aged 15-16 years old studying in Singapore
  • Junior College 1 and 2 students
  • IP Schools Year 5 and 6 students
  • ITE and Polytechnic students
  • International students aged 17-18 years old studying in Singapore
  • The short videos must be within 5 minutes (including credits). The videos can be of any genre (comedy, documentary, thriller, action, etc., and must incorporate the theme of science and technology.
  • The video should be accompanied with a title and a short synopsis of less than 100 words.
  • The videos can be produced using any available tools such as mobile phones, digital cameras or video cameras, or animation software, as long as they are submitted in the stated format and compression.
  • Entries which have been submitted or published, or have won prizes, in local or overseas competitions will not be eligible.
  • Co-produced entries are accepted as one entry.
  • Late submissions will not be considered for the competition.
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but videos must be clearly labelled and titled to avoid confusion.
  • Videos must be submitted in .mov format with h264 compression.
  • Videos should preferably be in HD1080p.
  • Videos should be uploaded in a download link (such as wetransfer or dropbox).
  • If the Organiser is unable to download the video from the download link, or is unable to open the submitted video, the submission will automatically be disqualified.
  • The submission deadline for the competition is 30 April 2017, 11.59pm.
  • The finalists and winners of the video competition will be announced during the Science Chronicles Awards Ceremony, in early 2018.
  • An email acknowledgement will be sent to confirm your online submission. If you do not receive an email notification within three days from your submission, please contact sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 for clarification.

Your videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Interesting setting, creative use of scenario, with inclusion of at least some mention of Science and/or Technology (30%)
  • Originality and completeness of storyline (30%)
  • Organisation, development of ideas expressed and usefulness or appropriateness of examples where relevant (20%)
  • Overall quality of video, including (but not limited to) camera framing, sound quality, and editing (20%)
  • (Bonus) Incorporating R&D setting or promoting understanding of technological innovation through research in storyline (5%)

All submitted videos and all rights to their publicity become the property of IHPC, which may use, edit and extract the videos for publicity/research and student outreach purposes.

Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three videos in each category. Prizes will be awarded according to per entry and not the number of team members.

For further enquiries and information, please contact sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 during office hours.

SUBMIT ENTRY

2016 Winners

Prize Title of Story Winner School
First Prize Regenerate Tara Uttamaram National Junior College
Second Prize The Price of Knowledge Jeremy Yong Yun Rui Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Third Prize My Sweet Anna Marcus Chan Tuck Yan School of Science and Technology
Finalist The Helper Oong Li Yin National Junior College
Finalist Vision Wong Qii Warren Raffles Institution
Finalist Twisted Fates Maisie Loy Anglican High School
Finalist Forty-Two Lai Zhi Hui Yasha School of Science and Technology
Finalist Streamline Tricia Tan Hui Ling National Junior College
Title of Story Winner School
The Boy Who Wondered Verna Ong Yi Qi Innova Junior College
Reach Out, For The Skies Loh Shen Luther NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
The System Thng Ming Li Millie Anglo-Chinese Junior College
Upgrade Chung Jia Hui & Heather Heng Raffles Institution
Democratic Authoritarian Naida Cicelly Tania Anderson Junior College
Defiance See Ming Jie Hwa Chong Institution
I Hear You Ryan Phua Chin Kiat Raffles Institution
Amplecti Celine Cheow NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

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