Jointly organised by Crescent Girls’ School (CGS), People’s Association Youth Movement and Microsoft Singapore, the National i-Trail Challenge (NiTC) is an annual student competition held to promote active citizenry, foster a greater sense of community and drive values education among Singapore students.

Singapore Students Innovate & Foster Community Cohesion

In last year’s inaugural NiTC competition, students were tasked to collaboratively develop digital learning trails about Singapore using the Trail Shuttle, a simple web-based mobile application built upon the Windows® platform. Under the theme of ‘The Singapore Heartbeat’, the learning trails serve as a platform for citizenship education and to empower students to initiate action for the community.

To familiarise students with the technology used to create the digital trails, several Community Boot Camps were conducted for more than 389 primary and secondary school students at CGS last year. More than 100 community i-Trails have been created by students from more than 40 schools to date, and each community i-Trail can be accessed on a free-of-charge basis by the general public.

Singapore Students Innovate & Foster Community Cohesion

“At Microsoft, we are happy to support initiatives that contribute towards Singapore’s growth and success, be it in education efforts or community activities. The NiTC is a perfect combination of both. We are honoured to provide Microsoft technology and platforms that enable students to innovate and build their very own digital learning trails,” said Stephanie Hung, Public Sector Director, Microsoft Singapore.

On 2 March, the inaugural NiTC winners were announced at an award ceremony graced by Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC. Winning teams from 18 primary schools and 15 secondary schools received prizes at the district level, while the three most outstanding i-Trails were also selected as national winners in the primary, secondary and open categories.

The Henderson Food Trail Challenge was held on the same day in conjunction with the NiTC award ceremony. In this collaboration between CGS and the Henderson CC Youth Executive Committee, residents from the Henderson community were grouped into 12 teams to follow the digital food trails designed by CGS students, with the help of Samsung Slate PC tablets and the Trail Shuttle app. Led by student team facilitators, the participants were able to get acquainted with food culture and the history of the marketplace in the community.

Tan Chen Kee, Principal of CGS, said, “We are pleased to partner with the People’s Association Youth Movement, Henderson CC Youth Executive Committee and Microsoft Singapore towards the success of the inaugural NiTC. Through the NiTC, we want to encourage students to be actively involved in their community in a fun and meaningful way. In the process of creating these digital trails, we also hope that the students can put values in action and be inspired to make a difference in the community.” 

“Through the NiTC, we want to encourage students to be actively involved in their community in a fun and meaningful way. We also hope that the students can put values in action and be inspired to make a difference in the community.”

- Tan Chen Kee, Principal, Crescent Girls’ School