Shell Astro Challenge

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Shell Astro Challenge


The Challenge

In 2009, Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival Committee is organising an exciting new activity called “Shell Astro Challenge” to complement the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

The following are the objectives of Shell Astro Challenge:

  • to give people the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of Astronomy through sky-observing experiences and educational materials; and
  • to provide an avenue to connect amateur astronomers, educators and professionals through these activities.

To fulfil its objectives, Shell Astro Challenge seeks the collaboration of schools, astronomy clubs, teachers and students to embark on a nationwide socio-educational event that aims to reach to as many people, new to Astronomy, as possible.


The Aim?

To put it simply, get as many people to view the night-sky through telescopes set up in schools.



Schools can now choose to hold their viewing exercise on: -
a)    either 15 or 29 May 2009 from 8pm to 11pm
b)    both 15 and 29 May 2009 from 8pm to 11pm (the committee will only take the higher of the 2 nights’ score for the competition)

What Do We Get?

In response to feedback given by schools who are participating in the event, it is clear that they want to encourage students to be interested in astronomy and schools are more concern about the educational spin-off of the event. The prize is not the main concern and schools are keen to see more prizes rather than limited high value prizes.

As such, we have adjusted the prizes as such for each category of awards: -

  1. First prize of $300 + trophy
  2. Second prize of $200; and
  3. Third prize of $100.

On top of that, ALL participating schools will receive a telescope free-of-charge.

The telescope is the newly developed Galileoscope™, which is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators.

For more information on the Galileoscope, please refer to


Where Do We Sign Up?

The Shell Astro Challenge is opened to all primary, secondary schools and junior colleges.

To participate in the Shell Astro Challenge, simply complete the registration form.

You may download the form here and fax it in to us @ 65616361.

If your school doesn’t have any telescopes, you may request for the loaning of telescopes using this form.

All applications will be acknowledged (via fax or email). As vacancies are limited, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.


For any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sue Chan at Tel: 6425 2594/91 (Email:


You may also download the original invitation letter from here.


The list of participating schools and the dates on which they will be holding the star-gazing are as follows:

Anderson Junior College


Anglo Chinese School (Independent)


Christ Church Secondary School


Elias Park Primary School


First Toa Payoh Primary School


Fuchun Secondary School


Innova Primary School


Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary Schoool


Madrasah Aljunied Alislamiyah


Nanyang Girls' High School


National Junior College


Naval Base Secondary School


Raffles Institution (Junior College)


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