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

Key Programmes

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)-SST Flagship Programme

This flagship programme is jointly organised by the Science Department and the schools of science, engineering and media design from NTU. The programme aims to excite and inspire students towards the fields of engineering, design, technology and applied sciences.

Investigative Skills in Science

This module in our Lower Secondary Science curriculum focuses on the process of scientific research and provides an opportunity for students to be inquirers by conducting in-depth study in an area of their interest. Through the process, students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that will be useful to them not only when they continue to do science beyond the secondary level but throughout their lives.

Science Enrichment Programmes

In-house Science Workshops

Developed by the academic staff in the Science Department, the Science Workshops

aim to extend students’ learning of science beyond the classroom. The series of Science Workshops include DNA’s Secret Code, Synthesis and Study of Penicillin, Science Magic

and the Science of Super Powers.

Science Programmes

These are offered by external organisations such as Science Centre Singapore, Defence Science laboratories, National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Polytechnics.

Science Research Classes

This in-house research programme aims to nurture budding scientists and engineers. Students initiate and design scientific investigations under the guidance of science teachers as their mentors. Students have the opportunity to participate in national science-related competitions such as the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair, Green Wave Environment Competition and DSO Amazing Series of Competitions which include the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition, Singapore Amazing Machine Competition and Amazing Science-X Competition.

Selected students also have opportunities to participate in international programmes such as the Singapore International Science Challenge, International Student Science Fair and International School of Science Summer School in Japan.

Science Attachment Programmes

Industrial Research and Attachment Programme (IRAP)

This work-based experience programme aims to provide a real-life organisational

context for students to develop specific or generic skills, valuable to their personal development. Students can apply and enhance their skills in reality, contribute to the organisation, and, at the same time, obtain invaluable guidance from their mentors.

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) – Ministry of Education (MOE) Research and Development (R&D) Attachment

A joint initiative by A*STAR and MOE, the Student Attachment Programme is held

during the November and December school break each year. Students will be paired

and attached to a researcher in one of the A*STAR Research Institutes for a period

of four to five weeks.

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 6-12 December 2015, 3 SST students participated in the International Student Science Fair (ISSF) in Melbourne. ISSF is an annual event bringing together high school students passionate about science, as well as teachers, school leaders, university researchers and industry representatives.

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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:

On 15 May 2013, 8 of our students from the SST Science Talent Development Programme (TDP) and the Investigative Skills in Science (ISS) module were invited to present their research projects at the West Zone Centre of Excellence in Science, Students’ Science Seminar. Click here to find out more: http://goo.gl/m2z2t

The projects comprised data, that was collected over period of 1.5 years, based on the long-term Space and Atmospheric observations of the skies above SST.

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