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VANDA International Science Competition


Vanda is an International Science Competition held annually around the globe. It focuses on the student’s ability to think critically and creatively to pick out hidden information to aid them in solving the question.

Vanda is for students from primary 3 to secondary 4 (Grade 3 to Grade 11). It follows the Singapore School Science Syllabus with a focus on higher order thinking skills. This allows participants to do better compared to pure-Olympiad papers since they are familiar with most of the topics.

Science Questions in the competition have a strong foundation in scientific knowledge and methodology which include the development of reasoning and analytical skills, decision and problem solving skills, flexible to respond to different context and possessing an open and inquiring mind that is willing to explore new territories and learn new things which are aligned to the desired 21st century competencies.


Ignite your Passion

Vanda ignites students’ hidden passion for science! Vanda provides a range of interesting content in questions to spark their curiosity and encourages them to venture deeper into the world of science.

An Opportunity For All

Vanda exposes students to a Science Olympiad Competition that focus on higher order thinking skills. This gives them the confidence to take part in more challenging science competitions and start scoring “A*” in Science.

Reaching Greater Heights

Vanda helps students to be comfortable with various science Olympiad papers in the right environment. Vanda wants students to utilize this experience to continue to take part in more challenging Science Olympiad Competitions in the future.


Written paper (90 minutes) – Total points (77 points), the paper starts with 10 points.

Section A: Questions 1 to 10

(Section A: 2 points for correct answer, 0 points for unanswered question, penalty point (deduct 1 point) for wrong answer)
Section B: Questions 11 to 20 are worth 3 points each, with no points deducted for wrong answers
Section C:
Questions 21 to 23 are worth 3 points each, with no points deducted for wrong answers
Questions 24 to 25 are worth 4 points each, with no points deducted for wrong answers


Perfect Score Award (Full marks) – qualifies as a significant award for IJHS

Gold Award (Top 8%) – qualifies as a significant award for IJHS

Silver Award (Next 12%)

Bronze Award (Next 20%)
Honorable Mention Award (Next 10%)

Certificate of Participation (Next 50%)

The top 40% of the participants will receive an award certificate and a medal.  All winners are invited to compete at STEAM AHEAD 2021 – VANDA Science Global Finals to be held in Bali, Indonesia from December 3 to 7, 2021.  Students must register with the SIMCC country organizer and contest entry is available on a first come first served basis, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

In the event of covid-19 situation not recovering, STEAM AHEAD 2021 will be conducted online.

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