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Students Flying the Singapore Flag High at International Competitions

Congratulations to our students for pursuing their passions and flying the Singapore flag high at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament and the International Olympiads for the Sciences, Mathematics, and Informatics held from July to August 2019 at various host cities around the world. Our students' participation in these international competitions is a joint effort between MOE and the following organisations: Singapore Mathematical Society; Singapore Institute of Biology; Institute of Physics, Singapore; DSO National Laboratories; Singapore National Institute of Chemistry; Geography Teachers’ Association of Singapore; National University of Singapore; and National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.

32nd International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT)

2. Competing against 33 other countries/territories, the Singapore team emerged overall champion at this year’s IYPT held in Warsaw, Poland, from 6 to 13 July 2019.
The IYPT is organised around “physics fights”, that mimic discussions at research conferences, where participants present their research and provide constructive feedback on the work of other teams. This is the 7th consecutive year that Singapore has emerged overall champion at IYPT.

Team members
  • Matthew Yar Kwok Jway, Raffles Institution
  • Samuel Foo Enze, Raffles Institution
  • Max Tan Wei Han, Raffles Institution
  • Wen Qinghao, Raffles Institution
  • Tan Jun Wei, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Led by
  • Dr Koh Teck Seng, School of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
  • A/Prof Paul Lee Choon Keat, Natural Sciences & Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Mr Sze Guan Kheng, Raffles Institution
  • Ms Nur Zuhailah Binte Hanafi, Ministry of Education

**Refer to https://iypt.pl for more information on the IYPT.

50th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

3. The Singapore team won two Gold medals, two Silver medals and one Bronze medal at the IPhO in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 7 to 15 July 2019. Students explored the theoretical principles behind thermo-acoustic engines to convert heat into sound, and modelled the generation and absorption of microwaves in ovens. They also conducted experiments on the thermal and electrical properties of different metals. Singapore was placed joint 8th in a field of 78 countries/territories with 360 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Matthew Chia, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Fu Xinghong, Raffles Institution
Silver medallists
  • Ge Shu, Victoria Junior College
  • Zhang Xiaorui, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Bronze medallist
  • Sidharth Chambocheri Veetil, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Led by
  • Dr Nidhi Sharma, National University of Singapore
  • Assistant Professor Tsao Hoi Nok, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Mr Wong Chu Lin, Raffles Institution
  • Mr Bernard Ricardo Widjaja, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Dr Darren Tan Zhiming, Ministry of Education

**Refer to https://www.ipho2019.org.il for more information on the IPhO.

30th International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

4. The Singapore team garnered three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the IBO held in Szeged, Hungary from 14 to 21 July 2019. The students performed a diverse range of tasks, including the dissection and examination of chicken parts, the analysis of sugars with thin-layer chromatography, and the identification of plant structures. Singapore was placed joint 4th with Chinese Taipei and Netherlands in a field of 72 countries/territories with 285 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Tan Zipei, Hwa Chong Institution
  • Cameron Goh Jinghan, Raffles Institution
  • Gu Jiahao, Raffles Institution
Silver medallist
  • Amani Pek, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Led by
  • Dr Beverly Goh, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dr Chen Zhong, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dr Ng Ngan Kee, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
  • Ms Shermane Lim Yun Wei, Singapore Institute of Biology
  • Dr Dominic Heng Jian Chien, Ministry of Education

**Refer to http://ibo2019.org/ for more information on the IBO.

51st International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

5. The Singapore team secured two Gold medals and two Silver medals at the IChO held in Paris, France, from 21 to 30 July 2019. Students took on a diverse range of tasks, including the chemical analysis of wine constituents using various methods such as redox titration and spectroscopy, as well as the exploration of ring motion in the design and synthesis of molecular machines. Singapore was placed 14th in a field of 80 countries/territories with 309 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Hu Yongao, Raffles Institution
  • Ng Yong Xiang, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Silver medallists
  • Aw Ke Fun, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
  • Tan Yong Yi, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Led by
  • Dr Tan Wee Boon, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
  • Dr Hoang Truong Giang, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
  • Mr Lee Gah Hung, Hwa Chong Institution
  • Ms Clarissa Ng Jia Le, Ministry of Education

**Refer to https://icho2019.paris/en/ for more information on the IChO.

60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

6. The Singapore team won two Gold medals and four Silver medals at the IMO held in Bath, United Kingdom, from 11 to 22 July 2019. The six students employed advanced problem solving skills to tackle challenges in the areas of algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory. Singapore was placed 8th among 112 countries/territories with 621 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Ng Yu Peng, Hwa Chong Institution
  • Lucas Boo Tse Yang, Raffles Institution
Silver medallists
  • Aloysius Ng Yangyi, Raffles Institution
  • Tan Xu Chen, Raffles Institution
  • Tan Wee Kean, Raffles Institution
  • David Toh Hui Kai, Raffles Institution
Led by
  • Assistant Professor Jeffrey Pang Chin How, Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore
  • Mr Chen Zenghui, Hwa Chong Institution

31st International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)

7. The Singapore team clinched 1 Gold medal, 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal at the IOI held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 4 to 11 August 2019. During the competition, students faced challenging computational problems which tested their ability to design and implement efficient algorithms and data structures. Singapore was placed joint 15th in a field of 87 countries/territories with 327 participants.

Gold medallists
  • Leong Eu-Shaun, Raffles Institution
Silver medallists
  • Jeffrey Lee Chun Hean, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Bronze medallists
  • Benson Lin Zhan Li, Hwa Chong Institution
Led by
  • Dr Steven Halim, School of Computing, National University of Singapore
  • Mrs Lorraine Neo, Raffles Institution

**Refer to https://ioi2019.az/ for more information on the IOI.

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