Inaugural NYP-SSMB National Microbiology Quiz 2009

14 03 2009

Blog Post by Neha Singh, staff

On the 13th March, the first of annual series of NYP(Nanyang Polytechnic)-SSMB (Singapore Society of Microbiology and Biotechnology) National Microbiology Quiz grand final was held at NYP’s auditorium. The quiz was targeted towards secondary school students to create awareness and interest about Microbiology. Three finalist – Bukit Panjang Government High School (BPGHS), Nanyang Girls’ High School and St. Joseph’s Institution had emerged earlier from the prelim round consisting of 24 schools. The finalist competed for the coveted National Microbiology championship trophy and S$1500 worth of Borders vouchers.

The finals consisted of three rounds- Multiple Choice Questions, Photo Identification Buzzer Round and Presentation. The MCQ round consisted of 10 questions being asked to each team. The buzzer round was a photo identification speed round in which the team who pressed the buzzer first got the chance to answer the question, however, there was even negative marks for the wrong answer so the schools could not be buzzer happy. The presentation round involved tying creativity to science as students shared with the audience about antibiotic resistance in bacteria using innovative ways like props/skit in just 5 minutes.

The competition was intense but in the BPGHS emerged the winner. In the end, many of the staff members at NYP were impressed with the secondary school students’ knowledge who could answer tough Microbiology quiz questions.

Click here for Omy Youth Zone coverage of the event on their website.

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