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2017


ADVANCE ELECTIVE MODULE: GENE THERAPY AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE @ TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC 

This module provides students with an introduction of developments in two exciting fields of medical biotechnology, namely gene therapy and regenerative medicine.

At the end of the module, students learnt how to

·         perform basic cell culture,

·         DNA extraction using molecular biology techniques,

·         gene cloning and transformation using molecular biology techniques

·         describe the purpose of gene therapy and

·         describe the ethical issues involved in gene therapy

 

Our students have gained lots of skills and experience from this module.

 

Learning Journey to Egg Farm


On 23 and 24 Feb 2017, four secondary 1 classes Farmart for their learning journey to an egg farm. This learning journey presented an opportunity for students to experience and appreciate the farming industry in Singapore’s ecology. The education farm tour is conducted by Uncle William who is also affectionately known as ‘The Quail Man of Lim Chu Kang’.  Uncle William shares his passion in quail farming and also other interesting facts and knowledge about farming in Singapore. Students also tried out farm-animal feeding.


Learning Journey to Bollywood Veggies 

The learning journey for Bollywood Veggies was undertaken by two Secondary 1 classes. This learning journey was designed as part of the collective secondary 1 learning journeys which consisted of an egg farm visit or the Bollywood Veggies visit. At Bollywood Veggies, students had the opportunity to learn about rice planting as rice is a staple of most Asian cultures and countries. They had the opportunity to get their hands and feet dirty through exploration of the paddy fields and going out to try planting the paddy first hand. They also learnt about the typical processes involved in growing and farming rice from the paddy fields.


Learning Journey to Snow City

 The learning journey for 2H1 has been planned to tie up with the secondary 2NT science curriculum where they will be learning temperature and movement of thermal energy. The first part of the learning journey comprised of a workshop conducted by the Science Centre staff. In the workshop, students had fun learning how to make ice-cream using liquid nitrogen to freeze the thick cream. Students also did hands-on experiment using liquid nitrogen. The second part of the learning journey is a snow play session at the snow chamber. Students will have to put on thick jackets to preserve body heat. They also get to slide down the ramp covered with snow.


ArtScience Museum Learning Journey 

On 22 Feb 2017, all Secondary 2 Express students went on a learning journey to the ArtScience Museum under a collaboration between the Science and Craft & Technology departments. Students explored three different exhibitions namely FutureWorld, NASA and Escher’s World to enhance their understanding of the relevance and relationship of science and art to daily life, society and environment. Students were also given the opportunity to express themselves creatively as they learn more about science concepts.


Sample Work by students

Group 1 

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The kinetic particle theory explains the properties 

of the different states of matter. The particles in solids, liquids and gases have different amounts of energy. They are arranged differently and move in different ways. The ball represents the molecules from the kinetic particle theory. They remained the same colour if they are not in constant motion but changed colours when are in motion. Music will be played when the balls are moved around. Thus, this shows that the ball are like the gas molecules because they are not closely packed together and move around freely. As the movement of the ball increases, the speed of the music becomes faster. Therefore, it signifies the energy increase and when the ball remained in constant position, no music could be heard. Thus, the energy remained constant.


Group 2

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It has a very smooth and round texture which can

 reflect light and displays your reflection upside down. It curves inward in the middle and curves in like a spoon. The law of reflection is still true for concave mirrors but because the mirror's surface is curved, the angle at which the light hits the surface, also known as the incident angle, is different depending on which part of the mirror the light hits. Concave mirrors are used in telescopes and as shaving mirrors. They are also used to manufacture headlights of vehicles to get a parallel beam of light.


Automotive Science Enrichment Workshop

As the science enrichment activity, Secondary two normal academic students were involved in the Automotive Science Enrichment Workshop conducted by the Edutorque. The workshop allows students to develop strong 21st Century Skills and explore science concepts in a fun learning environment.  Students get to understand Energy conversion and conservation, safety of cars and graphical analysis in a very engaging environment. The workshop brings the excitement of motorsports and the science of driving into an eye opening learning experience. Students applied the concepts learnt through controlling the RC and slot car, using virtual simulator and even look at the actual engine of a car! 


2016


SCIENCE LEARNING SPACES - IGNITING STUDENTS' PASSION IN SCIENCE


Why a science learning space? Research has shown that from the front door and school grounds to the classroom, the aesthetics of learning spaces impact the brain function and influence how students feel when they're in school -- as well as how they feel about their school. Science learning spaces are a constant, bright and attractive reminder of the wonders of science in everyday life around them, and help ignite a passion in science from the very first day the students step into the school.

 Over the past 2 years, the Science learning space has been constructed, culminating in what you see today around the school. 


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Physics-themed staircase

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Biology-themed staircase

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Chemistry-themed staircase                                

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Science posters 

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More interesting posters about science      

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Things you never knew – more about Science!


 Workshop Science Explorer Camp 2016


On 16 July, almost seventy students went for a Science Explorer Camp organised by the Sustainable Living Lab. They got to learn more about the effects of light on polished aluminium plates, experiment with various materials to form a thermal retentive cup and even create a solar oven. This camp, with a theme of sustainable engineering, exposes our students to the promise and diversity of the engineering field.


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Students involved in the Science Explorer Camp.

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Students running an experiment to test the efficiency of their thermal retentive cup.

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Students are engaged in the various activities organised by the Science Explorer Camp.

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ArtScience Museum Learning Journeys and Workshop 

In the first week of March 2016, Secondary 2 students were involved in a variety of activities as part of Science Learning. These tours and workshops explored the science and art of photography in an enjoyable, hands-on way. These allowed our students to express themselves creatively as well as learn more about science concepts. 

  •     Architecture Adventure (Sec 2 Express) – Students enjoyed an interactive tour of the iconic ArtScience Museum building and competed in a team construction challenge to design and build an accommodation block.   
  •  Fun with Photogram – Students experimented with light and composition in a darkroom environment to create and develop their own photogram using traditional print photography methods.
  •     Painting with Light: Cyanotype– Students learnt about one of the oldest photographic processes, cyanotype, that gave a cyan-blue print. They created their own “blueprint”.

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Students at the main entrance of the unique ArtScience Museum


A group of students building their “tower” during Architecture Adventure Workshop


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Science Congress @ RP 2016

A group of 34 Secondary 3 students from 3I7 and 3I6 attended Science Congress 2016 at Republic Polytechnic on 8th January 2016 (Friday). With this year’s theme focusing on “Ageing”, participants were treated to interesting and insightful talks from two experts from NTU and A*Star on the topic, “Tick tock, How to Reverse the Ageing Clock”,  regarding stem cell research.

 

Our SSS students were then engaged in a hands-on workshop titled “Wonders of Nanomaterials” where all of them donned white lab coats and blue gloves as they investigated the properties of a heat-sensitive liquid crystal. The students were amazed when the liquid crystals changed to beautiful different colors when subjected to different temperatures. They also got to know about the applications of these liquid crystals in our daily lives for example, in liquid crystal thermometers.

 

During the workshop, the teams from different schools were assessed on their teamwork and the outcome of the experiment. Two of our teams impressed the facilitators so much that they both won “The Best Performing Team award”!

 

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Serangoon Stars creating their own liquid crystal thermometer








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One of the 2 winning teams!

 

2015

LIFE SCIENCES WORKSHOP AT ANDERSON SECONDARY

 This enrichment programme on life sciences like forensic science was held at Andersen Secondary. We learnt about how crimes are solved using  DNA, blood patterns, like how to find out if the murderer is right-handed or left-handed, data collection, for example, how to collect samples for investigation and many more! Apart from the investigation skills, we also learnt about how to use apparatus and equipment which we had seen for the first time. We also got to meet students from other schools. In conclusion we really enjoyed ourselves and hope to participate in similar enrichment programmes in future.


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Serangoon Stars diligently carrying out investigations to unravel a murder mystery


2014

 

VIA in the Science Garden



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2013

 

Science Workshop

Students were encouraged to draw figures with petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and they were supposed to take their drawings to a dark room and shine it under a ultra-violet lamp. The students discovered that their cartoon drawings could be seen glowing in a dark room under the UV lamp. 

 

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2012


Science Challenge 


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Learning Journey to Sengkang Floating Wetland 


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2011 

Passion Day




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Marina Barrage


Date: 05 July and 12 July 2011

Time: 1400 hrs - 1700 hrs

All Sec 1E/1N students embarked on a water trail at Marina Barrage on 5 July and 12 July afternoons. At the Marina Barrage, the students had the opportunity to explore Science beyond their classroom at 6 different learning stations. At the Kites Station, the students not only learnt how to fly kites, but also the theory behind what makes kites fly. In the gallery tour, students learnt about the river's life and Singapore's flood history and saw how a dam works and how it can prevent floods in the low-lying areas. At the Detergent Station, the students learnt about how different types of detergents affect the sea. At the Tops Station, the Science of spinning tops was explored. At the Ping Pong Station, students explored the principle of flotation and found out why ping pong balls float while Plasticine balls sink. At the Puzzles Station, some fun water puzzles were worked out to find out about the 5 water ways that flow into Marina Bay.



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2010

Science Overseas Learning Journey to Japan



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20 Secondary 3 students and 3 teachers embarked on a 7 Days 5 Nights Science Learning Journey to Japan Kyushu on 03 June. The learning journey enabled the students to learn about the latest development in Science and Technology in Japan and at the same time, exposed them to the Japanese culture and in the process, developed their character via experiential learning.

 

The students visited places such as Eco-Net Minamata where they tried their hands on soap making from used cooking oil and RBS Tsukinoura Centre where they learnt about how fertilizers are produced from waste materials.

 

The students also visited the Toyota Car Plant to see how cars are being efficiently assembled at the assembly lines. They also visited the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum for a greater understanding of the disease which was discovered in 1956.

 

Kumamoto Castle and Daizhaifu Tenmangu Shrine were great places which the students visited to learn more about Japan’s history, culture and traditions.

 

The students also did a short exchange program at the Takamori High School to learn more about the school’s curriculum and activities. The exchange program also gave the students an opportunity to find out more about each other’s culture.

 

It was an exciting and fruitful learning journey for all students and teachers.

 

Our trip to the Japanese school was published in the Japanese local newspaper. Please refer to the file below for more information.





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