Friday, July 11, 2014

WorldSkills Singapore 2014 Day 1 Recap

NYP's Ivan Sim Wan Leong (left) and Poh Yong Han (right) leap into action in the Mechatronics category.
Day One of World Skills Singapore 2014 started with some of our students doing their written papers at 8:30 in the morning. NYP is currently competing in 13 out of the 17 categories of competition.  While the main competition area is situated at the fourth floor multipurpose hall of ITE College Central, several of the other skill areas are found elsewhere around ITE College Central, as well as at ITE College West.

DPM Teo Chee Hean giving a speech at the opening ceremony
The day begun spectacularly with the Opening Ceremony at the ITE Central’s Auditorium. A drum piece from Singapore Polytechnic and a duet from ITE Central entertained the crowd, after which  Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean encouraged the competitors to look at the competition in a broader perspective, “You may win the WorldSkills competition, but the more important thing to do, is to win in the real world -in the job market and the real market. And that is the objective of the WorldSkills competition, and our whole education system itself.”

The crowd viewing the machines used for the Skill Areas, Electronics
The afternoon passed quickly as the crowd toured the sites. The competitors, confined to their competition areas, could be seen hard at work on their various tasks and objectives. With the immense pressure on them, the atmosphere was expectedly tense and unnerving. Their every action was watched by diverse groups of judges, their supporters, coaches and friends.

The crowd by the Mobile Robotics Skill Area
NYP’s team of Dinesh Mangalanathadurai and Lin Yong Qiang look on anxiously to see how their competitors fare in Mobile Robotics.
The Mobile Robotics and the Health and Social Care categories were immensely popular with the audience. Cameramen, family members and schoolmates clamored at the front of the barricades to see the engineers hard at work on their own robots and the nurses taking care of their mock patients, under the watchful eyes of the judges.
In Health and Social Care, NYP’s Nadia Elizabeth Soh applies eye drops to a mock patient as the crowd and judges look on.
The venue is  filled with many interesting ideas and projects that are also open to the public. Do come down to ITE College Central and ITE College West to support your friends and NYP peers for Day 2 and 3 of WorldSkills Singapore, admission is free to the public. In addition, there is a wide range of booths from all five polytechnics and ITE on the ground floor that showcases to the public creativity like making flowers out of pandan leaves.

NYP's School of Engineering has this huge fan on display. Believe it or not, this turbo fan was made with 3D printing.
Did you know you can create Brain Games using Microsoft Office? Check out this booth by NYP's School of Information Technology to learn more!
By Sean Yap, Year 3, Diploma in Information Security and Theophilus Kee Ern, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

Sean enjoys playing recreational tennis and international chess. He has a huge interest in films and is addicted to watching movies. Writing articles are also a hobby for him. Writing allows him to be creative and express his opinions on different matters.

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