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Every pupil to be passionate about Science
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.
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)
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
This year, 7 groups of students presented at the NYP-YTSS-NCHS Science Research Symposium hosted by Nan Chiau High School. This was after 9 months of research work on various topics ranging from adsorption of heavy metals to metals and composites used in the aerospace industry.
IgnITE Science Challenge 2015
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
Each year, our twinning school Sagano High, a Super Science High School in Japan, sends a group of students to Singapore to engage in science activities together with our YTzens.
On July 31st, a group of Japanese students from Sagano High, Momoyama High and Rokuhaku High School visited YTSS on an exchange programme. A host of exciting science activities were carried out on that day. Together with our YTzens, they carried out water experiments and attended a guest lecture as part of our Intro-Spective Lecture Series by one of the founders of WateRoam, a social enterprise. The young team behind WateRoam had designed and created a cheap and portable water filtration system that allowed poor communities who have no access to clean drinking water to have clean water. The students not only got to hear from Mr Lim Chong Tee, one of the founding members about his inspiring story of how he gave back to the community and help other people through the use of technology but also learned more about the technology behind the innovative filtration system.
|COMPETITION||NAME OF STUDENTS||ACHIEVEMENTS|
|Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad 2015||Darren Toh Shao En (4E3)||Gold Award|
|Singapore Junior Physics Olympiad 2015||Swaminathan Varun (4E6)||Honourable Mention Award|
|ignITE Science Challenge 2015||Nurul Farisha Bte Abdul Jaleal (3T8)|
Suganthi D/O Kodiyarasan (3T8)
Reyala Beatrice Mangahas (3T8)
|Best Team Work|