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, flexibility to respond to a 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.
CKSTEM is motivated to prepare Canadian students so that they can help Canada to become a world leader in science and technology. To achieve this goal we have built a partnership with Singapore International Mastery Challenge Center (SIMCC) in Canada. SIMCC is one of the largest academic contests organizers in Asia to groom and identify talent. We are committed to offering more opportunities for all students to gain international recognition through academic competitions. As a result of this new partnership, we will offer several English, Informatics, Mathematics, and Science contests for grades 2 to 12 students. In the coming months, we will be able to provide exciting opportunities to the kids to not only shine locally but to exhibit talent internationally with scholarships and specialized training in science and math as well.
To continue with this exciting journey, we are offering all our students an opportunity to participate in the VANDA International Science Contest. The top 40% of the participants will receive an award certificate and a medal. All winners are invited to compete at STEAM AHEAD 2022 – VANDA Science Global Finals.
Contest date & Time
VANDA will be held online on April 29th and 30th 2022 at 10 am ET and 2 pm ET. We are allowing multiple slots to give flexibility to students and schools to participate in the contest on weekdays and weekends. In case we get a lot of requests, we may have to split participants into even more groups. You can register for this contest here. Please use your personal Gmail or Microsoft account to login if you are not an existing CKSTEM student.
The contest is 90 min long but we need students to join 30 min before the contest start time so that we can explain rules and setup screen sharing or zoom monitoring. Please note that it's a world olympiad and we need to ensure the integrity of the contest, hence, all participants are required to share their screens and video during the contest to qualify for the awards.
Our dream is to make Canada a leader in science and technology. We understand that providing an opportunity to compete is not enough to realize this dream. We need to prepare Canadian students first so that they are ready to compete. We are working very hard on developing a self-learning program. This program will provide weekly challenges with increased difficulty for 12 weeks starting January 2022. Each weekly challenge will be supported by a huge database of questions to provide students with ample opportunity to practice concepts. We are also working with High School teachers and other professionals to prepare live training sessions. We are also hoping to have a well-qualified teacher join us as an advisor.
Training will be CKSTEM's Xmas gift to all participating students. We will offer this training absolutely free.
This contest is offered for ~$40 independent students, As a non-profit organization focused on kids' success, we are able to offer this to Canadian students for only $25 early bird fees if you register by Dec 31st, 2021. Fees will be increased to $30 in 2022. Considering the value and opportunities this contest provides, we highly recommend all of you participate. Local students will receive their awards in a ceremony and we will ship for other Canadian students. Please feel free to invite other people you know. This is an incredible opportunity for all kids in Canada.
We welcome schools to host this contest. We have a simplified process for the schools with reduced fees. Teachers can run this contest as part of their science classes. We will make it extremely simple for the teachers to run the contest in their classrooms. Email us if you would like to register for your school or class.
We have to charge for this contest as we pay SIMCC for running their contests. We also have several operational costs e.g. shipping costs, free contests for needy students and volunteers, etc. We don't keep any profit but we would like our programs to be sustainable.
We are committed to helping students with financial constraints. Email us if you need support.
You are required to create an account with CKSTEM to register for the contests. We have simplified the process by integrating with Google and Microsoft Single Sign-On (SSO) process. This allows users to use their existing Gmail or Microsoft email address to account to log in to our portal. You can find detailed instructions to register here. It will take only a couple of minutes for you to create your account. If you have an account already then you can use it to register for the contest. Email us if you have any questions.
FREE TRAINING RESOURCES
PRACTICE Thousands of amazing questions
We are serious about helping kids across Canada, hence, we are offering all Canadian VANDA participants a huge set of questions for grades 1-12 students to prepare themselves. Our team of volunteers is working hard to provide you access to a huge database of science questions. You can access over 2,000 questions right away and we are hoping to have 5000+ questions for your to practice. Moreover, we are working on online training sessions which will be free as well. We strongly believe in Learn - Compete - Win.
You can try a fun set of questions. We hope you will like it. We have many easier and harder questions for you to practice after your sign up for the contest.
All students will start with 5 bonus points. The perfect score is 70 points.
Question 1 to 5
+2 / 0 / −1 point for correct/no/wrong answer respectively
Question 6 to 10
+3 / 0 / 0 point for correct/no /wrong answer respectively
Application Question Section
Question 11 to 20
+4 points for correct answer, 0 points for wrong and no answer.
International Local Contest PRACTICE TESTS
VANDA International global contest is held locally by the participating countries. April 2022 contest is International Local Contest. Winners of this contest are invited to the Global Finals in December 2022.
You can access the international local practice test for VANDA here.
GLOBAL FiNALS Practice TESTS
You can find practice tests for the 2019 finals by clicking the links below
Please download the instruction document. This document contains instructions so that your child may sit for SIMCC competitions from the safety of your home. This is due to the rapidly changing situation regarding Covid-19. Many teachers and parents have expressed their concern whether contests can be run FAIRLY in a home environment and we have done extensive testing and benchmarking to ENSURE that we run a SECURE and FAIR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for all contestants.
Hence we seek your cooperation and support to implement the measures we have put in place to make the contest a FAIR competition for all contestants. Please advice your child NOT to share the questions with their friends or post them in ANY MEDIA, as this will disadvantage them and will NOT BE FAIR for other contestants.
Parents are recommended to test the necessary equipment the day before the contest as students will not be allowed to take part if any of the required equipment is not working. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Recommended minimum SYSTEM requirements for contest participants
This document contains recommended minimum requirements for the system used for contest participants. Please review this before the contest.
VANDA Contest Instructions
VANDA Online Contest System Guide
The contest fees paid by students to Competitive Kids STEM for hosting competitions are non-refundable. To be allowed to host these contests, our organization pays a fee to the various external organizations that own these competitions. It is a significant amount of time and resource investment, not to mention the various charges paid for processing these payments to the external organizations, various third parties and financial institutions.
As a nonprofit organization, CKSTEM operates in a very lean manner and limited resources to keep our operating costs low in order to make our offerings available at a much lower cost to the students. Hence, we will not be able to offer any refund for contest fees to students for withdrawals or cancellations beyond our control.
If any student has been wrongly charged by CKSTEM, or we cancel an event due to reasons under our control and there are refunds provided to us from the external organizations, we will happily refund the fees paid by the students (deducting the processing charges).