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SmarTown.com’s first SmartProject2000 competition attracts 130 entries from schools in the Asia Pacific region

Some 1,300 students were given an early headstart in project work and collaborative learning when they participated in SmartProject2000, an International web-based design project work competition. Organised by SmarTown.com, the e-learning arm of SGX-listed Stratech Systems Limited ("Stratech"), and in partnership with The Chinese High School and The Hong Kong Education Department, this event precedes a landmark change in the education system which will make project work compulsory in Singapore schools next year.

Launched on January 14, 2000, SmartProject2000 attracted 130 entries from a total of 90 schools, 60 of which were Singapore schools and the other 30 were foreign schools from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, India and the Philippines.

There are a total of six team winners in Stratech’s first SmartProject2000 competition, divided into two categories – the first category is for students aged 7 to 12; while the second category is for students aged 13 to 18. For Category 1, the first prize went to the Hong Kong and Macau Lutheran Church Primary School for their project entitled "Environmental Protection", the second prize went to Pui Ching Primary in Hong Kong for their project "Educar" and the third prize went to the Singapore collaboration of Mayflower Primary, Kranji Primary, St. Margaret’s Primary and Serangoon Garden South Primary for the project entitled "Jungle Book".

For Category 2, the first prize went to St. Paul’s Secondary School in Hong Kong for the work entitled "Literature Treasure Hunt", the second prize to The Chinese High School in Singapore for "Radioactiv". The third prize went to the Hong Kong collaboration of PLK Ma Kam Ming College, Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee Kung Yik She and Tin Ka Ping Secondary for "Physics Online Workshop".

The panel of judges for SmartProject2000 include representatives from the Hong Kong Education Department, Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (iDA) and Aretae Interactive Pte Ltd. The top prize of each category is cash amounting to S$10,000. Teachers and supervisors of the winning teams are eligible to win laptops.

Said Evelyn Yap, Senior Editor of SmarTown.com: "Participation in SmartProject2000 is very useful for Singapore students, especially in anticipation and preparation for the time when project work becomes compulsory for all students by the end of the year 2001. In fact, project work will eventually be an important component of university admission criteria, an indication of the trend towards greater emphasis on project work. SmartProject2000 also complements the Ministry of Education’s aim to promote project work and collaborative learning as an important part of the Singapore educational experience."