5th Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented
The 5th Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented (APFst) was held from 6 to 11 July 2019, hosted by the Taiwan Ministry of Education and organised by the National Taiwan Normal University. The Singapore delegation was represented by 3 students from Dunman High School, Andy Yeoh Kaijie (5C36), Koh Pi Rong (5C31) and Steffi Tan Li Wen (5C37), as well as 3 students from Raffles Institution.
With the theme “Leadership Training for Future Scientists”, this programme brought together middle and high school students from 15 countries to feature their talents, work collaboratively and promote cultural exchange. These activities were designed to inculcate the spirit of scientific inquiry and nurture a global outlook in the participants.
This edition of the APFst included a team project, where multi-national teams constructed robots to compete in two rounds of competition, with the objective of removing objects and saving lives in a disaster scenario, through modifying the robot structure and programming them. There was also a presentation element, which stretched the participants’ skills in science communication and public speaking. Steffi Tan Li Wen’s team clinched the Grand Award and her leadership capabilities were recognised with the Leadership Award.
Below are the reflections of 3 Dunmanians who participated in APFst 2019:
“I was initially apprehensive about the trip to Taiwan as I did not know what I was going to experience there. However, this forum was an eye-opener as I was able to interact with my peers from other countries. This allowed me to be exposed to the various cultures and perspectives which those from other countries may have. I was able to cooperate with other forum participants to develop unique solutions which I would not be able to do so by myself.” – Koh Pi Rong (5C31)
“It was truly an authentic experience to explore these tourist attractions, not only tasting the local food, but also experiencing their way of life. Our local exposure to cultural diversity allowed us to communicate effectively with the locals. This advantage often goes unnoticed in Singapore, however when placed in such an international setting, our experience will be extremely beneficial in bridging certain cultural gaps between global players.” – Andy Yeoh Kaijie (5C36)
“Having the once-in-a-lifetime experience to work with so many like-minded people from all over the world is something for which I am very grateful for. Through the trip, I learnt skills like cooperation and communication, which are especially important when working with people from other backgrounds and cultures.” – Steffi Tan Li Wen (5C37)