PROGRAMME II: YOUNG INNOVATOR CHALLENGE (YIC)


6.1 General Guidelines

All Young Innovator Challenges (YIC) will be conducted concurrently with YRP activities.  Thus, students can only participate in either YIC or YRP. Each participating team is required to take part in four innovator challenges, namely (a) Energy Converter Challenge, (b) Shock-Absorber Challenge, (c) Business Pitch Challenge , and (d) Systematic Innovative Challenge. The organiser will prepare all materials for the challenges and participants may opt to bring only stationeries such as pencil, pen, ruler, etc.


6.2 Innovator Challenges


6.2.1 The Energy Converter Challenge

Each participating team is required to build ONE energy converter that propels a constructed device in a designated area.  The main judging criteria for the product is the dimensions of movement.  Other than this, the cost of construction and the aesthetic aspect of the product will also be taken into consideration for judging.

6.2.1.1 Materials and Production Requirement

  1. Relevant construction materials will be provided in limited quantity.
  2. Participants are required to build the product within 120 minutes of construction time. 
  3. There is no restriction to the dimension of the product.

6.2.1.2 Venue and Competition

  1. The construction of the product will be carried out indoor.
  2. The process of competition will be carried out in a designated area.
  3. Before the competition, each team will be given time to test their product and make necessary adjustment.
  4. Each team is allowed three trials of their product during the actual competition.  The best results attained will be considered as the final result.

6.2.1.3 Penalty Clause

During the competing phase, participants are not allowed to touch the product.  If this happen, either intentionally or unintentionally, then the score of that trial is zero.

6.2.1.4 Results

  1. This challenge will be judged based on three aspects: (i) the dimension of movement attained by the product, (ii) the design of the product, and (iii) the cost of making the product.
  2. The total score for this challenge will be added to the overall score in order to determine the final winner.


6.2.2 The Shock-Absorber Challenge

Each participating team is required to build ONE structure that could protect an object from being damaged after dropping from a choice of three different heights.  The object must be visible when set within the structure.  The main judging criteria for this challenge is the design and function.  In addition, the cost of construction and the aesthetic aspect of the product will be taken into consideration for judging.

6.2.2.1 Materials and Production Requirement

  1. Relevant materials will be provided in limited quantity.
  2. There are two rounds of dropping the constructed product. For the first round, participants are required to prepare the challenge within 90 minutes.  Before the second round, the participants are given 30 minutes to improve the constructed product according to the specified conditions.

6.2.2.2 Venue and Competition

  1. The construction process will be done indoor.
  2. The constructed product will be dropped from a building onto a landing pad.

6.2.2.3 Penalty Clause

Marks will be deducted if the constructed product lands outside the designated landing pad.

6.2.2.4 Results

  1. This challenge will be judged based on four aspects of the product: (i) the height and the state of damages after each drop, (ii) falls within the landing pad, (iii) the design, and (iv) the cost. 
  2. The total score for this challenge will be added to the overall score in order to determine the final winner.


6.2.3 Business Pitch Challenge

Each participating team is required to make a 10-minute presentation to sell the team’s product (devices) produced in Item 6.2.1 or 6.2.2. The presentation should be done in English language.  The main judging criteria for the business pitch is the innovativeness of ideas to sell the products (devices).  In addition, the presentation skills will be taken into consideration for judging.

6.2.3.1 Materials and Production Requirement

  1. Computer and projector will be available during the presentation session.
  2. Flip chart and stationeries will be provided.

6.2.3.2 Venue and Competition

Presentation will be done indoor.

6.2.3.3 Penalty Clause

None.

6.2.3.4 Results

  1. This challenge will be judged based on two aspects: (i) the innovativeness of idea to sell their products,  and (ii) the presentation skills. 
  2. The total score for this challenge will be added to the overall score in order to determine the final winner.

6.2.4 Systematic Innovation Challenge

Each participating team is required to attend a 2-hour workshop on a new method of systematic innovation.  This method is known to promote critical thinking, develops creative ideas and can be used by people of all ages. After the workshop, participants are required to apply knowledge of the methods in an innovation challenge.

6.2.4.1 Material and Production Requirement

All materials required will be provided and requirement of production will be notified on the day of challenge.

6.2.4.2 Venue and Competition

Both the production and competition will be done indoor.

6.2.4.3 Penalty Clause

None.

6.2.4.4 Results

The criteria for judging will be based on: (a) innovation, (b) application of the method, (c) execution, (d) presentation quality, and (e) teamwork.


6.3  Awards and Prizes for Young Innovator Challenge (YIC)

There are three categories of awards for YIC: (a) the Most Promising Young Innovator Award, (b) the Outstanding Award, and (c) the Special Award.  Each award will be accompanied with cash prizes, and certificate.  In addition, every participant will be presented a certificate of participation.  The details of the award are shown in Table 4.

Table 4

Awards of YIC based on Categories