The Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA) is Sony's key CSR programme in Singapore and 2016 marks its 19th year of competition. It continues to receive overwhelming response year on year, with over 9,000 students from 101 Primary Schools submitting 6,432 toys this year, the highest participation rate since its inception in 1998. Students between the ages of 7-12 learn about science and creativity through hands-on experience of making a toy, as well as have opportunity to attend technical, creativity and communication workshops conducted by science educators.
The 2016 award ceremony on 27 July was officiated by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information. A total of 43 prizes were given out to winning students and schools, and the teachers were also recognized for their support to SCSA with certificates. The ceremony concluded with an exhibition of the winning toys, with positive feedback from the 300 students, teachers and parents who attended.
In conjunction with SCSA, the Sony Science Program - Headphones Workshop was held for 62 students on the same day. The students had fun making their own personal set of headphones from recycled materials such as plastic drink bottles, guided by 30 Sony volunteers. They learnt about the principles of sound and how sound is created in headphones, as well as enjoyed testing their headphones with Walkman units. They also demonstrated their creativity in designing the headphone band and prizes were awarded to students with the best designs.