Clean Tech Competition attracts 330 student participants in Singapore

10 qualifying teams from Singapore selected to enter the competition finals

Singapore – March 26, 2013 – The Applied Materials Clean Tech Competition (CTC), an annual research and design challenge program for 15-18 year old students, has attracted overwhelming interest here with participation from 330 students, forming 91 teams across 23 schools. Launched for the first time in Singapore, the competition aims to address a significant global issue, with the spotlight on “Clean Water for All” this year. Students from San Francisco Bay Area in the United States, Xi’an in China and Singapore have registered their teams to address this year’s challenge.

Organised by Applied Materials, Inc. in partnership with the Science Centre Singapore and The Centre for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), CTC involves teams of students in critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, as they learn the potential impact of science and technology on the 21st century world.

The first round of judging in Singapore concluded with 10 finalist teams from Anderson Junior College, Hwa Chong Institution, National Junior College, Raffles Girls’ School and Temasek Junior College. These teams have been selected to enter the final stage of the competition to be held at the Science Centre Singapore. They will work on a prototype of their solution with the help of their teachers and assigned mentors from Applied Materials in the lead-up to the competition finals.

“I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the 10 qualifying teams. We have received a remarkable response and participation from Singapore students for our inaugural Clean Tech Competition. This is a great reflection of the interest and excitement among the young to develop creative solutions for some of the world’s most challenging issues,” said Russell Tham, Regional President, Applied Materials South East Asia. “Applied Materials’ dedication to innovation fosters a deeper understanding of science and technology and cultivates the next generation of globally competitive innovators.”

“The Science Centre Singapore is excited to partner on this inaugural Applied Materials Clean Tech Competition in Singapore which has provided local students with the opportunity to make their contributions towards a sustainable future by developing solutions using clean energy technology to address water access issues. We would like to commend the 10 local finalist teams and wish them all the best in the finals,” said A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.

“We are proud to be a part of this competition,” added Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, Director of The Centre for Science Teaching and Learning. “The students worked so hard and developed some incredible ideas, I know the judges will have a difficult time selecting the top winners from the finalists.”

The competition finals will be held on April 13th at the Science Centre Singapore, and the finalists’ project will be on public display that day. The teams will be evaluated by an eminent panel of jury members from across the globe. Three winners will be selected from each country and will be receiving cash prizes sponsored by Applied Materials.

For more information about the competition, visit www.cleantechcompetition.org.

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About Applied Materials
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.

About Science Centre Singapore
The Science Centre Singapore celebrates 35 years of promoting interest and creative learning in science and technology. Over the past 35 years, the Centre and its partners have played a pivotal role in transforming the way students and the public interact with and learn about science & technology. The Science Centre, Omni-Theatre and Snow City have engaged and enriched more than 29.5 million students and visitors since 1977. A custodian of creativity and innovation, the Centre has captured the evolution of scientific developments through unique and relevant exhibitions and shows. It continues to ignite young minds and foster new generations of scientifically savvy Singaporeans.

A non-formal educational institution and leading Science Centre in the region, the Science Centre houses 14 exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 20,000 sq metres of outdoor exhibition space showcasing the Waterworks exhibition, Ecogarden and Kinetic Garden. It also houses the Omni-Theatre — Singapore’s only dome-shaped, 5-storey high IMAX theatre. The Science Centre, Omni-Theatre and Snow City received 1.46 million visitors for FY2011/2012. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg

About Centre for Science Teaching and Learning
The Centre for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission of encouraging science learning and literacy. CSTL develops programs for people of all ages and utilises inquiry-based learning as its foundation for program development. This year marks the first in which CSTL is serving as the administrators of the Clean Tech Competition. www.cstl.org

Media Contact:
ICON International Communications
Joyce Peh / Liu Jiamin
Tel: +65 6220 2623
Email: amat@iconinternational.com.sg

Science Centre Singapore Contact:
Eunice Choy
Corporate Communications
+65 6425 2372
ekm_choy@science.edu.sg

Applied Materials Contact:
Bipasha Bhattacharya
Corporate Communications
+65 6311 7507
Bipasha_Bhattacharya@amat.com

CSTL Contact:
Dr. Ray Ann Havasy
(516) 764-0045
rayann@cstl.org

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