Secondary school students design to help smokers quit
Published on 10 Oct 2018

Dear Media Friends,


A wearable sensor that delivers an electric shock when you pick up a cigarette. A game that makes you question your decision to smoke. These are some of creative ideas from 100 students who joined the inaugural Design Thinking & Innovation Boot Camp.


The Camp, organised by Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) School of Design and Health Promotion Board, was held over two days during the recent June holidays. It inculcates design-thinking skills and an innovative mindset among the students from 12 secondary schools here.


The students, in groups of three to five, developed ideas to address one of four themes: “Smoking is often portrayed as a social norm”, “I want to belong”, “I can quit anytime I want to” and “I want to quit–will you help me?”


13 finalist teams presented their ideas at the end of the boot camp, and will find out how they fared on Wednesday, 19 September. They will receive their awards from Guest-of-Honour Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs & Ministry of Health, Mr Amrin Amin.


Please see below event details:


Date: 19 September 2018, Wednesday

Time: 5.00pm to 6.00pm (Media Registration begins at 4.45pm)

Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic, Theatre for the Arts, Block A, Level 2





Media Registration


Arrival of Guest-of-Honour


Interaction with the top 13 finalist teams and viewing of their projects


Presentation of awards by Guest-of-Honour


Media Interviews with finalists/ End of Event


Please RSVP to myself, Ms Nurul Rasheed (9474-6733, or Ms Chua Zhi Hua (9829-5272, by 18 September 2018, Tuesday, 5pm.