SmartLab has been awarded the Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2007. Jointly organised by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and Lianhe Zaobao, this Award recognises and honours Singapore brands that have developed and managed their brands effectively through various brand-related initiatives. We are thankful to the members of the SmartLab who have put in their due diligence to allow us gain credance and recognition, and grateful to the parents and students who have supported us since our inception.
Our founder, Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam, has been recently awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award 2006 by Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Minister in charge of Entrepreneurship and Chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) on 23 October 2006.
We are grateful to the students and parents who have supported and voted for us.
Press release issued on behalf of the Spirit of Enterprise by The Pacific West Communications:
Spirit of Enterprise (SOE), the non-profit body that promotes and advances entrepreneurial spirit in Singapore, today unveiled the honourees of this year’s Spirit of Enterprise Awards. Selected by the SOE Board of Governors, with assistance from the general public who voted for their favourite entrepreneurs online from a list of 200 nominees between August and September this year, a total of 41 finalists will be honoured at the awards ceremony on October 23 at The Grand Copthorne Waterfront.
Close to 40,000 votes were received from the general public this year when the online voting system closed on September 15. Each voter was allowed to vote for a minimum of five nominees and a maximum of 41 nominees.
The number of votes received for the nominees was influential to the SOE Board of Governors in deciding who the final 41 honourees would be. The honourees were also selected based on other judging criteria, including growth potential and the inspiration behind the business. (See Extract from The Straits Times Tuesday 24 Oct, 2006)
Our founder, Mr Tony Tan Lay Thiam, has been awarded Chartered Science Teacher by The Association for Science Education, UK.
Chartered Science Teacher, is a chartered designation in line with other awards, such as Chartered Scientist, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Accountant or Chartered Surveyor, that recognises the professional standing of an individual working in that field. The awards are made under powers granted by the Privy Council to particular organisations and incorporated in their Royal Charters. As a chartered designation CSciTeach recognises the unique and demanding combination of skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise that are required by individuals involved in practicing and advancing science teaching and learning.
Chartered Science Teachers, therefore, are professionals, teachers and educators, who are practicing and/or advancing science teaching and learning and for whom knowledge and skills in pedagogy, science education and science are essential elements in their role. They will have a critical awareness of current issues which is informed by developments in educational practice, pedagogy and scientific endeavour.