Engineering Science

(Updated on 1 Jan 2014)


Information on preparation for Prelim Judging [28 March 2014]

Information on preparation for Semi-finals Judging [25 April 2014]

Video training [25 April 2014]

The Hwa Chong Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) programme has created multiple enriching learning opportunities for High School students.

The HCI STEM initiative is made possible with the support of various industrial partners and SUTD. HCI is committed to working closely with the academia and industry to more effectively engage students in the learning of S.T.E.M. to support our nation in the 21st century.

Engineering Science projects are projects in close collaboration with the academia and industrial partners. Students have the opportunities to work closely with our S.T.E.M. partners in formulating and implementing industry driven project.

Interested students are encouraged to choose from a list of projects which have been specially designed by teachers in collaboration with mentors from tertiary institutions and the industries or proposed industry based projects in the following knowledge domains; Mechatronics, Energy Efficiency, Optics Science, BioChem, Sport Science, Heritage Conservation, Applied Statistics, InfoComm and Defence Science. In line with our mission, these projects can provide students with opportunities to work on real-life problems to address needs in our communities and the Global Challenges for Engineering.

Click on this link to find out more details of HCI Engineering Science programme.


The final requirements for this category are:
1. A video presentation (5 to 10 mins) of your learning journey for your Engineering Science project
2. Oral presentation of your Engineering Science project during prelim, semi-final and finals judging
3. A web-report
4. Reflection


For the prelim judging, you should be presenting what you would be doing for your project this year. You have to surface the problem you are addressing, the background and propose solution design for the problem.

For the semi-final and finals judging, you should be presenting what you have done for the project till this stage of judging.

You may use visual aids to enhance your oral presentation.


The web report should include all the technical details of your entire project. Include graphics to illustrate the process that you have gone through for the project to make the web-report more appealing to the audience.

Content to be included in the web-report:

  1. Title

  2. Abstract

  3. Introduction

  4. Solution Design

  5. Results & Discussion

  6. Conclusion

  7. References

  8. Acknowledgement

1. Title

The title section should identity the specific nature of the project. It should be brief and indicates the purpose of the study.The title section should include the title and the names of group members clearly.

2. Abstract

The Abstract section should allow reader who is unfamiliar with the work to gain a swift and accurate impression of what the project is about, how it arose and what has been achieved. The Abstract should not exceed 500 words, and should be given within a single paragraph. The first few sentences identify the problem the project is addressing, the next few on the solution design for the problem, results from testing and implementation phase of the solution design, and the last one or two conclusion and recommendation drawn from the results. It should not contain references to figures, tables or literature.

3. Introduction

The Introduction section introduces reader to the problem being addressed in the project. It indicates the background of the project and the reasons for undertaking it. A good introduction starts with a broad base and ends with a specific point. It first considers the importance of the major problem that exists, primarily to provide the reader with a frame of reference from which to consider your solution design. Then, within the chosen area, it identifies solutions that are present now. Critically evaluate the present solutions. Finally, it pinpoints the intended value of your proposed solution design.

4. Solution Design

The Solution Design section features your intended solution for the problem, detail technical description of the solution, the method for testing/implementation of solution design to evaluate the impact of the solution design to the problem stated. Include photographs and diagrams for illustrations.

5. Results & Discussion

The Results and Discussion section should summarize the important findings with supporting pictures, tables, graphs, and figures. Critical evaluation of effectiveness of solution design with in-depthreferences to data collected during testing/ implementation process should be included.

6. Conclusion

The Conclusion section should briefly summarize the significant results of the project. It should answer the problem identified in the introduction, explain the significant of the solution design that was identified and tested.Recommendations to solution design should be briefly stated in this section as well.

7. References

All references are to be cited in APA format.

8. Acknowledgements

This section usually consists of a single paragraph of thanks to the mentors and technical staff, and any others for ideas, advice, criticisms, facilities, services, etc.


The 5 to 10 mins video presentation should capture what you have gained from embarking on the project. You should include both content knowledge and skills learnt from this learning journey. The video presentation would be a platform to share with others your experience in this project.


Some questions to guide you in your reflection
  1. What goals did your group have in mind when you embark on this project?
  2. What strategies did you group use to come up with the solution design for the problem? How useful were these strategies?
  3. What criteria did your group apply to evaluate the usefulness/effectiveness of your solution design? Why did your group choose these criteria?
  4. How did your group go about gathering information about your problem/solution design to your problem? In what ways were these means of gathering information effective?
  5. What was the greatest challenge that arose in the course of doing the project? How did your group overcome that?
  6. What strategies did you and your teammates used to ensure teamwork and collaboration?
  7. What strategies did you and your teammates used to stay on task?
  8. If your group had more time to complete the project, what would your group add, change, or do differently for the project?
  9. In a nutshell, what did your group learnt from the project?
  10. When else might these learnings that you gained from the project be applied?

(Updated on 1 Jan 2014)