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DrCT (Design Thinking with robotics and Computational Thinking)


We are glad to present the International Design Thinking with Robotics and Computational Thinking Competition to you (DrCT). SIMCC has partnered with BEBRAS and now offer BEBRAS as a free training platform for all DrCT students in Singapore. BEBRAS is the world's most well-known community for creating CT questions for schools.

DrCT provides free CT (Computational Thinking) training by breaking down issues, analysing the validity of solutions, and finding patterns in data using internationally famous BEBRAS challenges - all essentiall skills for workplace

We give students with a platform on which they can learn about informatics in a more creative manner and compete with the rest of the globe. Our methodology of combining design thinking and robotics will provide an intuitive first introduction to programming, as well as infinite opportunities for gradually building more advanced projects using an electronics platform, fulfilling a standard loved and tested by millions of people who use informatics for real-world application projects around the world.

DrCT will help students improve their coding and programming skills and prepare for the National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI), the highest national competition for informatics in all countries, where the best four students Primary 1 to 6, Secondary 1 to 4 and JC1/2 students (Grades1 to 12 students from International schools). will be selected to represent their country at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).


To cultivate students’ creativity, logical reasoning ability, algorithmic and computational thinking skills. By solving our contest tasks and using design thinking methodology to develop a robotic solution for a problem statement, we will facilitate a deeper under- standing of the world around the learner and enable them to solve everyday problems by leveraging the power of computers and information technology. Students will pick up the finer points of programming, solution focus and be action oriented which is not merely writing a piece of code but involves useful algorithmic techniques and prob- lem-solving skills.

The benefits of participating in DrCT:
a. DrCT is a competition developed by IOI medallists and moderated by Professors involved in IOI.

b. DrCT is an important competition for those students taking the NOI competition. Around 25% of the questions are related to NOI and set by IOI medallists.

c. NOI Gold Medallists from any country can apply for admission to NUS School of Computing directly. DrCT is one of the recommended competitions by Singapore NOI that will help the students to prepare for the NOI competition.

d. Competitive Programming 4 book 1 is the recommended text for DrCT and NOI written by Dr. Steven Halim, Dr. Felix Halim, and Dr. Suhendry Effendy. The authors are part of the star-studded UVa Online Judges team of the ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest), according to Prof Bill Poucher, President of ICPC Foundation.

e. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallists of DrCT International Local will be invited to join STEAM AHEAD to compete in the STEAM AHEAD - DrCT Global Finals. They will have a chance to win the President’s Award for Excellence in Steam.

f. For all Singapore MOE Secondary schools, students enrol through their school for FREE DrCT contest, and Gold medallists of DrCT will be invited to participate in Nation- al Software Competition (NSC) organized by Singapore Polytechnic.

g. Gold medallists of DrCT will also be invited to participate in a series of programming workshops organized by NUS, School of Computing (SoC) to prepare them for NOI 2022.

Test Format

Lower Primary – Grade 2 (60 minutes)
• 18 questions (3 NOI questions, 15 CT questions)

Middle Primary – Grade 3 and 4 (60 minutes)
• 20 questions (4 NOI questions, 16 CT questions)

Upper Primary – Grade 5 and 6 (75 minutes)
• 24 questions (5 NOI questions, 19 CT questions)

Lower Secondary – Grade 7 to 8 (75 minutes)
• 24 questions (6 NOI questions, 18 CT questions)

Upper Secondary – Grade 9 to 10 (90 minutes)
• 24 questions (7 NOI questions, 17 CT questions)

Junior College – Grade 11 and 12 (90 minutes)
• 24 questions (8 NOI questions, 16 CT questions)

Scoring System
Easy Questions: 6 marks
Medium Questions: 9 marks
Hard Questions: 12 marks


Each participant receives a Certificate of Participation or an award certificate for winners below:

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 2022 – Drct Global Finals to be held in Bali, Indonesia from December 3 to 7, 2022.

In the event of covid-19 situation not recovering, STEAM AHEAD 2022 will be conducted online. In case of any changes in the schedule and venue of the exam, the revised date and venue will be shared on our site.