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Science

Vision 
Inquirers and explorers of the universe who call the adventure Science 

Mission 
To nurture critical and creative thinkers with a life-long passion for science by fostering a spirit of inquiry and bringing real-world science into the classroom experience. 

Key Programmes 

Lower Secondary Science SPA 
In Lower Secondary science SPA, students are taught Science Practical Skills of Performing, Observing and Planning over a period of two years. Skills-based assessments which address the different kinds of laboratory skills in practical work will be embedded to complement the learning cycle. Assessment for learning and assessment as learning will be scheduled during the whole learning cycle. 

Mendel’s Garden (Lower Secondary Science) 
“Mendel’s Garden” is an instructional programme inspired by a working life-size experimental greenhouse which demonstrates the applications of vertical urban farming. It is named after the Father of Genetics, Gregor Mendel, who discovered the fundamental laws of inheritance through his work on pea plants grown in his own garden. 

This discovery in one’s own garden provided the impetus for the school to create its own Mendel’s Garden to provide opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom through hands-on experimentation and collaborative problem-solving. Mendel’s Garden features a vertical growing system that uses sophisticated technology to overcome the challenges of growing crops in limited spaces. 

In this garden, lower secondary science students see Science comes alive in the following focus areas.

Focus Area

Enabled By “Mendel’s Garden”

Science in daily life

Students learn Science processes such as photosynthesis and energy conversion in food chains that are paramount to the support of life in the ecosystem.

 

Science in society

Students apply Science concepts and understand the impact of Science in society. The vertical farming facility taps on sustainable and innovative technology to grow plants/food in a limited space. This relates to the importance of finding innovative solutions to grow food in land-scarce Singapore as observed in the urban farming movement.

 

Science and the environment

Students understand how energy can be conserved through the application of sustainable technology and the importance of conserving biodiversity.

 

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Da Vinci Programme (Secondary 2 – 4)  
The Da Vinci Programme is a progressive Science Talent Development Programme that complements the Science department’s core curriculum in developing the scientific minds of our students. The objective of the Da Vinci Programme is to enable selected students who demonstrated an attitude and aptitude for scientific research to participate in research projects under the guidance of teacher mentors from different Science disciplines. 

The students work on research projects under the close mentorship of teacher mentors throughout a two-year programme spanning between Secondary 2 and 3. They will identify problems and attempt to use scientific solutions to investigate. 

Students’ research will culminate in a project presentation at: 

(a)  Unity Scientific Innovation Challenge (USIC)  – Secondary 
(b)  North Zone Elementz Science Research Conference and Exhibition  – Secondary 3 and the participation in the
(c)  C B Paul Science Quiz  by ACJC, NTU and NUS, which provides a platform for students to network with other like-minded students and budding scientists in Singapore. – Secondary 4 

Healthcare Mentorship programme (Secondary 3) 
The Healthcare Mentorship programme seeks to expose our Secondary 3 Biology students to the real healthcare environment where they experience first-hand and learn how the knowledge and skills they acquired in school can be applied to the work environment. 

This programme aims to help our students better understand the challenges our healthcare workers face in their work, the importance of giving back to the society, and inspire them to possibly seek out a career in the healthcare sector. 

HOD Science: Ms Alicia Lock [ext 207]

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