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Vision


Every pupil to be passionate about Science

Mission


To imbue in pupils a sense of curiosity and to equip pupils with analytical skills through pupil-centred activities.

2015 has been another exciting and fulfilling year for the Science Department both for the teachers and the students. In living up to our department mission of getting every student to be passionate about Science, many Science programmes aim to excite and to engage students. Here are some of the highlights of the year.

Outcomes


In this increasingly technologically-driven world, YTzens need scientific literacy to function effectively and participate meaningfully in society. Many future challenges will need to be approached from a scientific perspective. Science can be used to improve the quality of living through new inventions, new technologies and new treatment of diseases but it can also be the source of many problems. Learning Science will enable them to use scientific knowledge and skills to make informed decisions which are ethically sound and socially responsible in order to tackle these challenges.

The following are outcomes that we want YTzens to have:
• To develop YTzens who are able to communicate confidently in a systematic and logical manner based on observations and evidence (confident leader)
• To develop YTzens who are open-minded and able to see new perspectives. They can think critically about issues related to science, support their way of thinking and solve problems with relevant data (global thinker)
• To develop YTzens who are aware of the ethical implications of science and technology and its limitations as well as to take a stand and make socially responsible decisions that will help improve the lives of others (active citizenship)

Science Programmes in 2017

In living up to our department mission of getting every student to be passionate about Science, many Science programmes aim to excite and to engage students. Here are some of the highlights of the year.

Secondary One Life Science Programme


In January, our Sec 1 Express students attended a Life Science Enrichment programme where they learnt more about bacteria and how to culture bacteria using agar gels and identify the different strains of bacteria. The teachers were very heartened to see the students transfer their learning from the workshop to their Science Investigative Projects. Some groups carried out investigations to determine the amount of bacteria found around the school. Their investigations led them to discover, much to their surprise, just how high levels of bacteria can be found in everyday common places such as the tap in the canteen and the table tops.

Our Sec 1NA students became CSIs for a day, learning to analyse blood samples and carry out DNA profiling. The CSI TV Series may have ended its run but its legacy lives on in our students going by the excitement generated in the Science laboratory during the workshop.

Nanyang Polytechnic – YTSS Science Research Symposium


Yishun Town has partnered with Nanyang Polytechnic to provide our students who are keen to further their interest in science with an opportunity to hone their research skills through the NYP-YTSS Science & Technology Research Programme.
 
The objectives of the Research Programme are to:
a) generate interest in scientific and technology research work
b) provide a platform  for students to learn from educators in Institutes of Higher Learning
c) develop students’ research and communication skills in a meaningful and interesting way

2017 marks the last year of collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic for this research programme. We are grateful to Nanyang Polytechnic for their support throughout the last 5 years. However, our student researchers were determined to go out with a bang! Our research teams bagged two golds and two bronzes. One of the projects: Testing of Plants Extracts for Anti-microbial Activity was presented at the Japanese Science Fair in Sagano, Japan in November. Our students really enjoyed the research process and learnt a lot, not just about their area of research but also life skills such as resilience, time management and teamwork. 

“  Quote by one of the students on what they learnt” 

Project Title

Teacher Mentors

NYP Mentors

Award

Testing of Plant Extracts for Anti-Microbial Activity

Mr Winston Quek

Mr Michael Simonetti

Gold

Optimisation of Crystal Growing in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Ms Rebecca Kong

Mr Stanley Chua

Development of a Mobile Application App to Calculate the Basal Energy Expenditure

Mr Toh Wei Xiang

Ms Suneetha

Smart Home Security System

Mr Alan Chew

Mr Loh Kock Keong

Cloudy with a Chance of Becoming a More Inclusive Society

Mr New Chi Lin

Mr Alvin Tay


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“Optimization of Crystal Growing in the Pharmaceutical Industry” team members
(from left) Tan Li Shan, Lin Na Wei, Dawson Ng and Roanna Lim (all from 4E3) with teacher mentor Ms Rebecca Kong

















IgnITE Science Challenge 2017


Some of our 3T8 students participated in the 2015 IgnITE Challenge under the Dermarouge category. In this category, the students used make-up to simulate wounds. The team did not win the competition but was recognised for Best Teamwork. After the competition, the students put their new found skills to good use by having a ‘Haunted House’ where they painted gruesome-looking wounds on their friends to scare the daylights out of the people who dared venture into the ‘Haunted House”. The funds raised from the entrance fees to the ‘Haunted House’ was used to fund their VIA community service project to help the less fortunate in Vietnam. 


Sagano Exchange Programme


On 1
st August, 24 students from 9 high schools in Japan including Sagano High School (Super Science High School) visited Yishun Town Secondary School for our annual Science Exchange Programme. This was an increase from the previous number of 18 students from 6 high schools, a testimony to the popularity of the programme. This year, Mr Ogawa Masashi, the new Principal of Sagano High School also made the trip down to Yishun Town Secondary School as well.

A host of exciting science activities were carried out on that day. Together with our YTzens, the Japanese students carried out biology experiments using test kits to carry out blood typing. You could see the intense concentration as they put their pipetting skills to the test! In the afternoon, they had a lot of fun learning how to design a workable roller coaster with just a marble and a set of rubber hoses. Many of the groups were all over the school trialling out their roller coaster prototypes. 

However, it wasn’t just all work for the students. They had the opportunity to share their different cultures and food with each other. By the end of the day, many had become firm friends and were reluctant to end the day. To our friends in Japan, we’ll see you again next time!

A*STAR Science Award


Congratulations to Edmund Eng Yu Tong (3E4) for being a recipient of the A*STAR Science Award 2017. The award provides an allowance of $500 for one year and A*STAR Science Awardees are required to participate in a 3 day Research Exposure Programme during the school holidays. Awardees are also invited to talks and seminars organized by A*STAR and visiting scientists.

2017 Achievements


COMPETITION

NAME OF STUDENTS

ACHIEVEMENTS

Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad 2017

HUGH CHOA YU HAO (4E7)

Gold Award

SHANMUGAM UDHAYA (4E3)

Silver Award

BRYAN LIM LIYANG (4E7)

DAWSON NG ZI HONG (4E3)

Merit Award

Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad 2017

YEE YAN HWEE (4E7)

LAU YI EN JAMES (4E3)

ANGELINE TAN HUI LIN (4E3)

Silver Award

CHERIZE ZAIDI (4E3)

BRENDEN (4E3)

WU CHANGCHENG (4E3)

LEON TAN LI YANG (4E3)

HOR JUN LE (4E3)

LIM ZHI JIE (4E7)

YEO GENE (4E3)

TAN YAN RU (4E3)

Honourable Mention Award

International C. B. Paul Science Quiz 2017

YEO GENE (4E3)

HOR JUN LE (4E3)

Bronze award