Sony Group of Companies in Singapore, together with the Singapore Science Centre, Ministry of Education, and A*Star Singapore, recently celebrated 17 years of partnership on Singapore's longest running toy-making competition, the Sony Creative Science Awards (SCSA).
Targeted at our Future Generation, SCSA allows children aged 6-12 to have fun while learning more about science through the hands-on experience of making a toy, and also acts as an important introduction to science for younger children. It is a rewarding process that requires children to be creative and resourceful with materials, and to conduct research to expand their scientific knowledge.
More importantly, qualities such as patience, perseverance and learning the value of recycling are also inculcated in children during their toy-making process. It also allows parents to work and interact with their children during the process, building a stronger relationship between themselves and their child.
SCSA is a unique do-it-yourself experience irreplaceable by modern technologies, and one that has encouraged many participants to participate SCSA year after year. Such as Zena Bek who celebrated her 6th year of participation by securing the top prize with her toy "Hungry Spider" from a pool of 5,070 submitted toys - the most number of toys ever received in the competition's 17 years of history.
Since 2010, SCSA has also included the Sony Science Program workshops to teach children more about scientific principles through hands-on, practical experience. For 2014, exclusive slots for the workshop were given to SCSA 2014 winners and their friends, where they had the opportunity to learn more about sound and magnetism by assembling their own pair of headphones.
The workshop was led by 21 Sony employees who had volunteered their time to guide each child through the intricate steps, and teach them more about science. Other SSP workshops have also been held by in the region by Sony Korea, Sony Taiwan and Sony Vietnam in 2014.