Making learning relevant
The Science Department strives constantly to make learning relevant for the students. In the classroom, students are often exposed to various forms of demonstrations which are closely related to the concepts taught. From being able to see the effects of air pressure on metal by heating the air particles to seeing how food dyes can be separated into various components to determine nutrients it contains, students can see a strong link between what they learn in school to the world outside.
In our attempt to bring learning out of the classroom, the department has engaged our students in various competitions, workshops and learning journeys for greater experiential learning.
As part of our school’s ALP effort, a few teams of students have been sent to the ‘The Bright Idea Challenge’, a Shell initiative organised by the Science Centre. In this year’s challenge, the teams have to imagine creative ideas of how cities of the future might be powered. One of the teams has made their way to the finals, which involved a presentation to the judges, as well as a booth presentation to the public. The team’s idea is to make use of large funnel layered with solar panel on top of building as a means of renewable energy, by converting both mechanical and thermal energy to electrical energy. Throughout the two days, the team made presentations to members of the public, impressing them with their eloquence and ability to answer questions posed to them, including Minister S. Iswaran. The team put up an interesting presentation in the form of a skit which captured the hearts of the judges. The team emerged third in the challenge with students taking home attractive prizes. More importantly, the team acquired an enhanced interest in Science.
The International C.B. Paul Science Quiz is an annual event organized to provide a platform for students to develop their aptitude and potential in the pure and applied Sciences through critical thinking. The subject knowledge needed for the quiz includes Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Computing Science for the upper secondary category. Our students fought hard and competed against students from top schools. This truly exemplified our school motto: Potest Qui Vult! The school is proud to have seven students achieving the merit award with one silver and one gold award.
Apart from these two major competitions, students also took part in workshops and competitions such as ‘Unity Scientific Innovation Challenge with SP & ERI@N’ and The Forensic Science Challenge. The department has also organised Learning Journeys, such as Mindfest 2018.
In 2019, the department will continue looking for more enrichment programmes and competitions to cater to different streams.
In providing relevant platforms for students to learn about how Science can impact people and things around us, the Science Department seeks to continue to engage our students in the learning of Science and hope to inspire them to pursue a STEM related career.