The IDEAS Hub welcomed the UWCSEA and local community to their Annual Open Day on Saturday, 30 September 2017. This marked the beginning of the second year of innovation and social entrepreneurship at hub on Dover Campus.

Families were treated to a day of fun filled activities led by student and parent volunteers. There was something for everyone! Attendees could sew pom poms, make their own puppets, be the star of their own movie and even taste homemade sourdough bread thanks to the support of the fermentation interest group, the Culture Club. Noah Katz, Digital Literacy Coach at UWCSEA Dover, set up a drawing robot which drew an array of interesting shapes. This was one of the more popular set ups during the Open Day. 

As the IDEAS Hub continues to grow, it is our hope that we continue to inspire and support our community in their 'maker' journey. 

IDEA Hacks will be a 2 day hackathon for youth aged 11 to 18 years old to create a project based on a theme given on the day.
Participants trade in their weekend for an almighty team hacking session, where they create different creative projects in teams to further improve on their computer science, design, and business skills and to present their work to judges for mentorship, recognition, and prizes.

IDEA Hacks 2017 will be back this year from Nov 11 to Nov 12. Mark your calendars and see you there!

Register here!

The Microthon is a single-day event, aimed to teach an introduction to coding for younger audiences. It’s hosted at the IDEAS Hub every year. It allows kids to be exposed to the latest technologies from around the world. This year, we’re using the Microbits. Teams will be split into two tracks, one for teams in G5 and below, and one for teams in G6 and above. The G5 and below track will be given a theme before the day to build a story or project about using the microbits, and will be able to use technologies, get guidance from volunteers, the organisers and the internet. The G6 and above track will be given all the time to prepare whatever they would like to build. This track is completely open to themes of all kinds, but only assistance for technical difficulties will be provided.

Who is it for?

The Microthon is for kids in Grade 8 and below. If you’re older, then check out the IDEAS Hacks. Competitors are split into two streams – the Grade 5 and below stream, and the Grade 6 and above stream. People will only compete against others in the same stream.

Our next competition will be held in May 2018!

Do you love LEGO? Ever wanted to be part of their amazing play experiences? Now you can!

Be part of the first ever LEGOx UWCSEA Bricks to Big Ideas Challenge where students have the opportunity to create innovative building experiences with LEGO. Winners of this challenge have the opportunity to be part of a global initiative! Stand a chance to win LEGO products worth $2000 and a possibility of showcasing your innovation at LEGO Stores!  

This competition is open to UWCSEA students from Grade 6 to 12 (12 to 18 years of age).

To register as a team of 4, enter your details on our SIGN UP FORM. Send us a short audition video of up to 1minute to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 September 2017!

**Only Semi Finalists will need to download forms. These forms will be released once the Semi Finalists have been chosen on 29 September. To qualify as a Semi Finalist, teams will need to submit an audition video first. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the competition rules?

Head over to this link to take a look at the official rules.

Who should join this competition?

LEGO LOVERS! Anyone who loves problem solving. If you have a keen interest for business and how innovation works in big companies, this is your chance to learn more through a fun competition!

Who can join this competition?

Any UWCSEA student (Dover & East) from Grades 6-12. 

What are the prizes?

The champions of the competition will win LEGO products worth $2000 and a possibility of showcasing their innovation at LEGO Stores.

When will this competition take place?

It will run from 11 September to 17 November.

How many students per team can we have?

You may have up to 4 members. You can have 2, 3 or 4 members but 4 is recommended. 

What do you expect from the 1 min video about "Your Favourite LEGO Story" for the auditioning round?

Tell any story you like! It could be about anything under the sun as long as it relates to LEGO.

What are the Audition Video Judging Criteria ?

  • 20%  - Creativity
  • 20% – Originality
  • 20% – Understanding of the LEGO Brand and its Values
  • 25% – Quality of presentation/story
  • 15% – X factor :D

How should we make the video?

It can be in various formats! Animation, film, stop motion. You may make the video in the anyway you like. The IDEAS Hub Green Screen Rooms are available to be used should you wish to borrow equipment in school. 

What are the Important Dates I need to be aware of?

Audition Rounds:11 September to 22 Sepetmber. 
Top 6-8 Semi Finalists Announcement: 29th of September
*LEGO Office Visit: 6 Oct (4pm to 6pm)
Optional Talks by LEGO E-Commerce Global Lead & LEGO Master Builder: 11 Oct and 31 Oct (5.30pm to 6.30pm)@ IDEAS Hub Dover
Final Presentation & Judging: 17th of November (6.30pm to 8.30pm)

*The LEGO Office visit is optional but highly encouraged. In this session, semi finalists teams will be able to meet the LEGO team to learn more about the current innovations they have. This will help them in their project as they develop solutions to the challenges. Transport will be provided to the LEGO Office. Students would need to arrange transport back from the office. 

What are the challenges for Round 2 (for Semi Finalists)?

Semi Finalists will need to answer 2 current business challenges faced by LEGO. They will be able to engage with business teams at LEGO Singapore. They would also have a chance to meet regional and global directors who will share their knowledge of the toy industry with them!  

What happens when my team gets selected as semi finalists?

Semi Finalists Teams have the opportunity to visit the LEGO Office at South Beach Road, attend talks by LEGO creative and regional directors. They will also be given brick sets to use in generating ideas for their project.

Do I need to know a lot about business to be part of the challenge especially as a semi finalist? If I am a younger student I wouldn't know much about it...

Not to worry! We have friendly student mentors (Grade 10-12) who will be able to guide you on how to best answer the business challenges. Participants will receive helpful tips from the organising team. Just come with an open mind. We'll help you along the way. Enjoy the process of learning (:

How many prizes do the winning team get?

The overall winning team members will get up to $2000 worth of LEGO each. This means up to 4-5 boxes of LEGO a person. 

How can I sign up?

Teams of 4: If you already have a team of 4, sign up at our LEGO CHALLENGE GOOGLE FORM and fill in your details!

Individual: If you don't have a team, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll help coordinate! 



The objective of the LIFE Challenge@UWCSEA is to develop student-led projects responding to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that may be implemented at the conclusion of the games. The final project must seek and achieve substantial impact within a clearly defined aspect of an SDG. Three elements must be incorporated in the project to secure impact: advocacy; behavioural change; and originality. Projects may range from the creation of campaigns, technological solutions, on- or offline programmes or social enterprises. Across all project end results, a campaign name, hashtag, and promo video will be expected.

Finalist teams will benefit from discussions with potential investors and a platform to present their project plans such that they may be refined and taken forward beyond the game.

Sign ups 2017/2018 edition will open officially in September 2017!