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21 schools, 5 teachers lauded for inspiring children to excel in science

The Sony Creative Science Award 2014 recognised the schools and teachers, while also rewarding students for their toy inventions on Wednesday (July 23).

SINGAPORE: Meet the Hungry Spider - one of the record 5,070 entries received for this year's Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA).

Prize winners for the 17th edition of the toy invention contest were presented their awards by Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State at the Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), on Wednesday (July 23).

In the Hungry Spider, a game made using recycled materials, players must rely on basic principles of physics to move a spider to shoot marbles through holes. 

The game's creators, Zena, 12, and Zackary, 9, won the first prize for the ScizKid Award, aimed at Primary 3 to 6 students. The category requires students to create "safe and sturdy toys from suitable materials based on at least one scientific principle".

For the Friends of SCSA Award, 21 schools were presented with the award in recognition of their commitment to the competition. Five teachers were also awarded the Diamond Award for inspiring their students to excel in SCSA and science in general.

The Sony Creative Science Award is an annual competition jointly organised by the Science Centre Singapore and Sony Electronics Asia Pacific, with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Agency For Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), according to the Science Centre website.

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