Science

Science furthers the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural world, the physical world and the wider universe through the systematic process of scientific inquiry. Science students are challenged to generate ideas, test hypotheses, conduct investigations, make observations, gather evidence and defend new discoveries. Experiencing Science also sharpens students’ decision-making abilities concerning science-related social issues and informs students of the potential careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The SST Science curriculum directs students to unravel the mysteries of the universe, one lesson at a time. Lessons are modelled on the way scientists live out their lives: scientists ask questions, scientists wonder why, scientists probe for solutions, and scientists discover new frontiers in science. In-class teaching strategies ensure students embark on authentic, real-life tasks that create opportunities for critical thinking, self-directed discovery and collaborative learning. To achieve the learning outcomes of Science, lessons imbue students with 21st Century competencies that hone their intellectual, interpersonal and personal capacities to manage crucial matters of scientific importance.

Learning Objectives

At the end of four years, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply major concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Develop an understanding of the natural and physical worlds guided by current scientific theories and practice
  • Engage in the process of scientific inquiry
  • Apply critical and creative thinking to both solve problems and create new knowledge
  • Become more aware of ethical and moral issues related to scientific advancement

Programme Highlights

Teaching and Learning Science in the 21st century in School of Science and Technology (SST) takes a different approach. Instead of a top-down knowledge transfer, we adopted an Applied Learning approach. The 6 facets of applied learning are Community Focussed, Learner-centred, Integrated, Process-focussed, Authentic, Active and relevant. The applied learning approach for SST Lower Secondary Science took the form of a science research project (Investigative Skills in Science module) as its capstone task.

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From 23 to 27 May 2016, 3 SST students represented SST to participate in the International Student Science Fair (ISSF). The ISSF is an annual event bringing together high school students passionate about science, as well as teachers, school leaders, university researchers and industry representatives.

 

For their engineering design project, the students  were tasked to work in groups of four or five to design a vehicle powered by a basic Victor mousetrap. Assigned jobs/titles within their groups, they employed the ‘Engineering Design Process (EDP) in order to optimise the vehicle performance of the vehicle.

The project is designed to reinforce scientific concepts and help students gain a better understanding and mastery of the skills & knowledge. To find out more about the project, visit the link below:

The school creates an awareness of energy conservation as our way of life through education for both students and staff.

Our approach is authentic and implemented via various platforms in a subtle manner through staff engagement sessions, assembly programmes, learning journeys, and with great impact through our unique applied learning curriculum.

SST has received accreditation for its work in fostering thought leadership and advocacy in the areas of environment conservation. This includes the Lotus Award (2015,2017) and the Gold Award in the Singapore Environment Council (SEC)-StarHub School Green Awards.In particular, the school was presented the Best Energy Efficiency Practices for Public Sector (EENP) Agencies (School) Award. This award, conferred by National Environment Agency, Energy Market Authority, and Economic Development Board, recognises schools that have demonstrated a high level of commitment towards energy conservation.

Mission
To inculcate the 21st Century Skills, namely citizenship, intellectual curiosity, and courage through embarking on actions that promote care and responsibility for the environment.

Vision
To groom environmentally conscious leaders who will create a positive impact globally.

Focus of SST Environmental Education: SST Flower

Each of the petals of the SST flower represents an aspect of the environmental education programme in SST. The petals in the SST flower are bound by a hexagon that represents the brand element of SST, aligning all programmes with the values of SST at heart.

Cleanliness for Our Benefit

To take ownership to maintain a clean and hygienic environment for all

4Rs for Our Commitment

To adopt the 4R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse) lifestyle to minimize waste production

Conservation of Our Resources

To instill the responsibility of conserving energy, flora and fauna to minimize climate changes

Sustainability for Our Future

To integrate sustainable practices into daily operations to reap environmental benefits for the futures with the values of SST at heart.

Programme Highlights

SST Environmental Commemorative Days is a year-long initiative by the Environmental Representatives and the Environment Talent Development Programme (TDP) students. The objective is to promote environmental conservation. During days of observation, environmentally friendly habits are strongly encouraged. There are also quizzes and activities for the school community.

 

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Conversation Ambassadors at Wildlife Reserves

Every year a group of students actively volunteer themselves at the various wildlife reserves such as Singapore Zoo and River Safari. They go through intensive training to equip themselves with relevant knowledge to share with the public and in the process sharpen their communication skills as well.

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Marine Conservation

SST students embarked on a Marine Conservation Trip to Lombok, Indonesia. The objective of the trip was to learn about marine life and food webs and how human impact has an effect on marine populations and apex predators.

Students were to produce a documentary that depicted their learning journey as a marine conservationist in Lombok. Here are the clips

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Active Beautiful Clean (ABC Waters) Programme

A group of environmental representatives embarked on a programme to be facilitators for the Learning Trail @ Jurong Lake to learn more about the Singapore Water Story. In addition to water quality testing, students were introduced to the flora and fauna of Jurong Lake.

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