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NUS High School Student Bags Three Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2011

Cheng Herng Yi, a Year 6 student, won the First Award in the category of Computer Science for his project titled Composing Frusta to Fold Polyhedral Origami, under the supervision of his school teacher mentor, Mr Cheong Kang Hao. Herng Yi received a cash prize of US$3,000. He also won two Special Awards; a 2nd Award of cash prize US$500 from the Association for Computing Machinery, and a 2nd Award of cash prize US$150 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Society.

His teacher mentor, Mr Cheong Kang Hao, from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science won a Special Award: the Agilent Technologies Teacher Science Development Award. He received a cash prize of US$5,000. As part of the selection process, Herng Yi nominated Mr Cheong to a panel at the ISEF to show his appreciation to his teacher for his guidance and encouragement throughout his project.

This is the third year that NUS High School students have been selected to represent Singapore in the Intel ISEF since 2008.


The ISEF, the world’s largest pre-college science fair, is held in the United States annually and provides an opportunity for students from different parts of the world to showcase their science projects. ISEF is often regarded as the “Olympics” of science competitions. Over 1,500 finalists selected from 443 affiliated fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories from the US participated in the ISEF this year. Two individual projects and one team project from each affiliated fair are elected to compete at the international level. About 1,200 judges from different fields of science, engineering, and industry professionals are involved in judging the projects and selecting the winners.

In April this year, the students who represented Singapore at ISEF won top honours in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF), a local fair affiliated to ISEF. SSEF is a national competition jointly organised by MOE, A*STAR and Science Centre Singapore. The winners of SSEF are also eligible to participate in A*STAR Talent Search (A*TS). At A*TS on 29 April 2011, Herng Yi clinched the First Prize award of S$5,000 cash and a sponsored trip to an overseas conference for his project.